The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) is a unique and powerful platform for celebrating film, connecting cultures, and expanding horizons while welcoming everyone’s stories from all walks of life.
It is a comprehensive cinematic platform that promotes diversity in all facets of narrative and filmmaking, elevating it beyond just a film screening event.
These ideas of diversity, connection, and cultural exchange are manifested in this year’s theme; “YOUR STORY, YOUR FESTIVAL”. A bold, artistic, progressive, and creative ten-day Festival for filmmakers, storytellers, film lovers, enthusiasts, distributors, and audiences from around the globe.
This year, the visual concept across all RedSeaIFF communications is inspired by the camera movement notes that directors add to a storyboard—those red scribbles that end up making the shots, emphasizing the hero of the story, “YOU.”
The vibrant port city of Jeddah is a trading hub of ideas — rooted in Saudi, yet open to the world as the ultimate setting for cultural exchange. As the RedSeaIFF comes around in its third edition, Jeddah is illuminated with openness, diversity, and creativity through the shared experience of film. Featuring the best of the Arab and international world, the Festival unites all those involved in a borderless experience.
The RedSeaIFF empowers, supports, and elevates the regional film industry, giving a voice to its stories and championing its blossoming cinematic culture.
With the Red Sea Souk, the market arm of the Festival; the Red Sea Fund; and the Red Sea Labs, anyone who is interested or working in the film industry will have the chance to expand their knowledge and skills and shop for films and hidden gems at the film market.
Plenty of rich opportunities await at the RedSeaIFF, including monetary and in-kind grants, residency programs, and a curated schedule of workshops, masterclasses, panel discussions, and networking sessions.
Our unique stories shape us. We love telling them, seeing them, experiencing them, and of course, sharing them through the art of cinema. Film gives us a way to bring these stories to life so that the untold becomes something new to treasure; to push boundaries and to find joy in expression.
It is our pride and joy to bring stellar Saudi and Arab films to international audiences, sharing our experiences with the world.
For this year’s edition of the RedSeaIFF, we are pleased to showcase colorful, vibrant, and impactful new films on Saudi’s big screen. The Festival features a diverse program with 11 sections, covering the best in Arab and world cinema, from unmissable classics to works in Augmented and Virtual Reality.
Our mission is to celebrate the most creative and daring artistic voices out there and to inspire those who are yet to share their stories.
Through our generous awards, we shine a light on films from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, encouraging the artistic muse to emerge inside the hearts and minds of our audiences and filmmakers across the region and beyond.
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