THE FIRST EDITION OF THE RED SEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL RUN FROM MARCH 12 – MARCH 21, 2020

JEDDAH OLD TOWN, SAUDI ARABIA

WHO WE ARE

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation is the first Saudi, independent, nonprofit organization with an official mandate to promote film culture. The Foundation champions the Kingdom’s burgeoning cinema and cultural scene by nurturing audience engagement, supporting filmmakers, and strengthening the film industry.


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INTRODUCTION TO THE FESTIVAL

The Red Sea International Film Festival lives in Jeddah Old Town, an ancient urban hub on the Saudi Arabian coast. Future-leaning and artist-led, the Festival takes place annually in March. The setting embraces history and cultural exchange, establishing a new destination for Arab and international cinema amid a labyrinth of medieval coral-built architecture. Long a vibrant port city, Jeddah is a trading hub of ideas and cultures. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town is a coastal enclave that teems with myths, delicate buildings, and deep histories – it is a culture rooted in Saudi, yet expansively open to the world.


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RED SEA LODGE

Committed to a new wave in Arab cinema, the Red Sea Lodge is shaped by the Foundation’s artist-forward philosophy. Through training and mentorship, the initiative equips this generation and the next with the skills and determination for their bold new approaches. Supporting artistic and creative development, as well as production and promotion strategies, the intensive lab program, with its final award of $500,000, is open to talent from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.


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TAMHEED

The Tamheed Fund is a one-time competition introduced by the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation, it will support two Saudi feature films at the production stage with financial support of up to $500,000 each. The initiative aims to produce two new Saudi feature films in 2019, to be premiered at the first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival in March 2020.


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