Saudi Arabia film and digital content production and financing company Telfaz11 celebrated its 11th birthday on Friday by announcing the start of filming for its 11th feature film, Night mail by Ali Al Kalthami.
Telfaz11, which was a prominent player in Saudi Arabia’s YouTube space in the 2010s, quickly jumped into feature film production after the country’s cinema ban was lifted in late 2017, concluding agreements with netflix and growing local exhibitor Muvi to fund his slate.
“Telfaz11 celebrates its 11th anniversary on 11/11/2022 with the debut of its 11th produced film,” the company said in a statement. “Telfaz11 continues to show its philosophy of pushing the boundaries of comedy by always celebrating the 11th iteration of its most critical milestones, rather than the 10th most common.”
Black comedy set in Riyadh Night mail revolves around a young man who gets involved in a high-risk smuggling scheme to raise money for the medical treatment of his sick father.
The film was unveiled last December at the inaugural edition of the Red Sea Film Festival’s project market, the Red Sea Souk. It is part of a list of four productions developed by Telfaz11 in partnership with the Parisian company Easy Riders Films.
Mohammed AlDokhi, who cut his teeth in a number of Telfaz11’s short digital productions, plays the lead role.
The company is currently gearing up for the release of three feature films this year, spanning action-comedy satar; black comedy crow song, which is Saudi Arabia’s entry into the Oscars this year; and the satirical thriller Khalat+.
All three titles will be screened during the second edition of the Red Sea Film Festival, which will take place in the Red Sea port of Jeddah from December 1-10.
Khalat+which is a spin-off of a hit online show that has generated over 1.5 billion views online, will soon debut on netflix.
Other upcoming Telfaz11 productions that will be released by the end of the year include the documentary blue spirit on Saudi Arabia’s iconic Al Hilal Football Club.
“As we celebrate eleven incredible years since our founding, Telfaz11 continues to be at the forefront of another pivotal period of massive change in entertainment,” said Telfaz11 CEO and Co-Founder Alaa Fadan. .
“The frequent launch of theaters today and their rapidly growing box office receipts provide valuable economic opportunities for local filmmakers and content creators, with Telfaz11 leading the way.”