Mohammed Al Turki is an international Saudi filmmaker and producer who has produced several award-winning Hollywood films that have premiered at prestigious international film festivals. Most recently, Mohammed Al Turki was appointed chairman of the Festival Committee for the Red Sea International Film Festival.
Born in the Saudi Arabian city of Al Khobar in 1986, Al Turki studied management, film production, and media studies at Regent's University London. In 2010, he cooperated with his then-colleague Zeina Durra, a British director of Lebanese and Palestinian descent, as an executive producer on her film The Imperialists Are Still Alive, starring the French actress Élodie Bouchez. The film competed at the official competition of the Sundance Film Festival and won the award for Best First Feature at the Warsaw Film Festival.
Following the success of his debut picture, Al Turki went on to work with a number of Hollywood A-listers. In 2012, he produced three films: Golden-Globe nominated Arbitrage starring Richard Gere; What Maisie Knew, starring Oscar-winner Julianne Moore and British star Steve Coogan; and lastly, At Any Price, starring Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid, and Heather Graham, directed by Oscar nominee Ramin Bahrani, which competed in the official competition at the Venice International Film Festival 2012.
The following year, Mohammed Al Turki produced Adult World, a social comedy starring Emma Roberts and John Cusack, as well as Innocence, a horror mystery thriller.
In 2014, Al Turki produced three of his most critically-acclaimed works, including the docudrama film Desert Dancer, based on the true story of the Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked everything to start a dance company in his home country of Iran.
Al Turki went on to collaborate again with Ramin Bahrani on his 2014 success 99 Homes, which won 12 international awards, including the Best Film Award in the Vittorio Veneto Award section at the Venice International Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe’s Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
His second collaboration with Richard Gere, Time Out of Mind, earned a FIPRESCI Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Mohammed Al Turki's latest film is Crisis, a box-office hit in the US and Australia, starring the British Oscar-winning star Gary Oldman and Evangeline Lilly.
Al Turki is an active social worker in Saudi Arabia and abroad. He is a member of the Saudi Cancer Foundation and Ethar Association (the Saudi Charitable Foundation for Promoting Organ Donation). Moreover, he supports the activities of UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), Elton John’s AIDS Foundation, and many other organizations concerned with environmental protection and disaster relief.