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Mohammed Al Turki

Mohammed Al Turki
CEO of the Red Sea Film Foundation

Mohammed is a globally renowned award-winning film producer, known for acclaimed Hollywood films such as “Arbitrage” starring Richard Gere, “99 Homes” starring Andrew Garfield, and “Crisis” starring Academy Award®-winner Gary Oldman.

After joining the Red Sea Film Foundation, Al Turki dedicated his time to spearheading the Festival’s expansion and building on launching its first edition. As part of this remit, Al Turki is establishing the Foundation as a launch pad for up-and-coming artists from Saudi Arabia, the Arab world, Africa, and the Global South, securing its status as a world-class event on the international film calendar.

Under his leadership, the first three editions of the Red Sea International Film Festival drew over 35,000 visitors. The Festival was the Red Sea Film Foundation’s representative at the 76th Cannes Film Festival in 2023, with 9 Red Sea-backed films in the official selection including the opening night film “Jeanne du Barry”.

In 2021, Al Turki launched the Red Sea Film Festival’s “Women in Cinema”, an initiative to shed light on inspiring women in front of and behind the camera, and partnered up with Vanity Fair Europe to host the celebratory galas in Cannes, Venice, and Jeddah. This year, the Festival supported over 33 female directors.

Al Turki is gearing up to lead another milestone in the development of the film industry during the fourth edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival, which will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from December 5 to December 15, 2024.

Mohammed was named GQ Middle East 2022 man of the year for his contribution to cinema.