Wednesday, 25 November 2020 -
13:00 to 14:05



In response to Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision, The British Council Saudi Arabia has successfully delivered many projects last year to help support the country’s vision and the growing sector. Amongst these, we have conducted a workshop in Saudi run by London Film School, undertaken a film skills research that mapped the skills need in the country and was released in September, and following that we have delivered a round table that gathered industry professionals and academics from the sector to discuss the research. Furthermore, The British Council has supported 8 filmmakers to attend Sheffield international Documentary Film Festival early June 2019 that included a pitch training workshop delivered by the former head of the European Documentary Network, Producer/Owner of Congoo production company, Paul Pauwels.

Continuing in our work in films, we are delighted to conduct a one-hour webinar moderated by Paul Pauwels, who will give a brief on Sheffield Festival and discuss with Sheffield participants and find out how they look back upon their experience, what practical output they have gotten from both experiences and how their projects have evolved since then. In the hope that their experiences could inspire students and other aspiring documentary filmmakers in the country.

About the Moderator:

Paul Pauwels, former Director of the European Documentary Network. He studied at the RITCS film school in Brussels where - in 1979 - he got his degree as director and producer. He worked in feature film production until 1987, when he founded his own production unit: Periscope Productions. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the creator and later the director of the “European Television and Media Management Academy” in Strasbourg, France. He has shared his knowledge as an active documentary producer with several organizations. He has been lecturing and tutoring internationally. He has also been moderating pitching sessions all over Europe, including the renowned IDFA Forum in Amsterdam. n 2012-2013 he became the managing director and in a later stage the owner/producer of production company Congoo BVBA, combining international production with activities as an expert, moderator and tutor for training organizations. 


1.    Abdulrahman Khawj, Screenwriter, Director and Film producer.

2.    Modhi Alzamil, Directot and Motion Graphic Artist

3.    Moayad Abualkhair, Documentary Producer

4.    Mansour Albadran, Director and Producer



  • Welcome
  • Topic 1: Sheffield film festival. 
  •  Topic 2: Film pitching and why do you need to master it? 
  • Topic 3 Opportunities for young filmmakers locally and internationally. 
  •  Q&A session