ABOUT US

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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RED SEA LODGE 2ND EDITION - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Open to teams of Saudi and Arab directors and producers, with scriptwriters if on board. This intensive creative and professional training program will take your project from idea to reality. Every year, it turns ambitious emerging filmmakers into the next big thing. Applications open from Monday, 25 January 2021 to Saturday, 27 February 2021.

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RED SEA SOUK

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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FESTIVAL PROGRAM

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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LATEST NEWS

Official Poster for the Red Sea International Film Festival
January 25, 2021

Red Sea Lodge Launches its Second Edition

Today, the Red Sea International Film Festival opens applications for the Red Sea Lodge, delivered in partnership with TorinoFilmLab. Returning for the second year, the Lodge provides intensive training, mentorship, creative and professional development, and next-level industry opportunities to talented filmmakers from across the Arab world.

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

Red Sea International Film Festival Announces 2021 Festival Dates

The 2021 theme of "Metamorphosis" celebrates cinema as a force for positive change. It reflects on the Festival's local context: the impact of cinema's triumphant return to Saudi Arabia since 2019, as well as the blossoming local and regional film scenes, exploring how cinema culture can create an interface connecting a new, outward-looking Saudi and the world.

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OVER 100 FILMS

Screening for the first time

IMMERSIVE CINEMA

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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YEAR-ROUND MASTERCLASSES

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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