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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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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
December 3, 2020

Red Sea Film Festival Foundation in Collaboration with Misk Art Week 2020

Misk Art Week, a citywide festival of creativity taking place every December in Riyadh, has become an unmissable annual fixture in the cultural calendar. This year, things are a bit different, with elements of the event moving online to be enjoyed across Saudi and beyond. The event is known for its exploration of different art forms – from music, visual arts and performance to calligraphy and design. This year, the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation brings film to the mix with a program celebrating the present and the past, with contemporary cinema and archival treasures.

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“Changing the Script” – Red Sea International Film Festival announces theme and honors three cinematic innovators
December 14, 2020

Khairy Beshara: Retrospective

Renewing cinema through plots, stories, and performances – encounter the eternal innovator Khairy Beshara through a masterclass and screening program.

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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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