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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 growing cinema and cultural scene by nurturing audience engagement, supporting filmmakers, and strengthening the film industry.

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48Hr Film Challenge

What a difference a day (or two) makes! Could you write, produce and shoot a short film in just 48 hours?  The adventure is open to the Kingdom's aspiring filmmakers – Saudis and Saudi residents alike – aged 18–25. Apply for the 48Hr Film Challenge, where successful applicants will enjoy three days of technical workshops and mentorship before the action-packed shoot in a race against the clock. And that's not all – the winning team leaders will be crowned for their achievements: the prize? A filmmaking residency at La Fémis, in France, next year. 

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Tap into a dynamic Arab Film Market at the Red Sea Souk. The Souk includes year-round MasterClasses, workshops, major production grants, exhibition areas, film markets, and more.

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The Red Sea Lodge is a six-month development program open to talent from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world. The training and mentorship SCHEME equips this generation and the next with the skills and determination to realize bold new work. GRANTS of $500,000 each will be awarded at TWO OF THE SELECTED PROJECTS, REALISING brand new work to screen at future festivals.

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Encounter the best of international and Arab cinema, experimental projects, immersive AR and VR experiences, MOVIE classics, and retrospective titles. There's something for everyone, from blockbusters to independent works that push narrative forms and explore the world's complexities in innovative and surprising ways.

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Official Poster for the Red Sea International Film Festival
October 8, 2020

New competition the 48Hr Film Challenge supports aspiring filmmakers to write, shoot and produce a short film in just two days

The 48Hr Film Challenge is a collaboration between The Alliance Française of Saudi Arabia, The Consulate General of France in Jeddah, The French Embassy in Riyadh, the Red Sea International Film Festival, and La Fémis Two competition winners will travel to France for a tailored-made residency in 2021 Hend Sabry, Lisa Sallustio, Brice Cauvin, Faizah Saleh Ambah & Mohammed Alhamoud

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“Changing the Script” – Red Sea International Film Festival announces theme and honors three cinematic innovators
September 25, 2020

Red Sea Lodge announces the winners of it’s two production grants worth $500,000 each

The Red Sea International Film Festival announced the selection of twelve projects for its first edition of the Red Sea Lodge: Script & Feature lab. Today, an eminent jury composed of Nadia Turincev, Meinolf Zurhorst and Yousry Nasrallah selected and announced the winners of the two $500,000 production grants.

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Screening for the first time


Discover astonishing VR EXPERIENCES transforming Jeddah Old Town beyond recognition. Step into site-specific installations that exist somewhere between film and contemporary art, reality and fiction. Commissions from digital, VR and AR artists, including powerful sound installations, and holographic PROJECTIONS.

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A world-renowned jury will award cash prizes across categories, including screenwriting, acting, and directing. The Yusr takes its name from the distinctive black coral formations found in the Red Sea, along the coast of Jeddah's Old Town. Each award a unique sculpture designed by an artist, selected each year through an international competition.

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As part of the Red Sea Souk, hear from the best through masterclasses, including talks and question and answer sessions. Open to anyone interested in the film and entertainment industry, from cinema lovers and students of film to aspiring and professional directors, actors or artists, the series hosts the industry’s leaders, from across the Arab world and internationally.

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