Frequently asked questions
Who can apply
The director must be of Arab, Saudi, Asian, or African nationality or origin and can be living anywhere in the world.
The producer can come from any country in the world.
The producer needs to have demonstrable production experience (previous work).
The writer can come from any country in the world but preference is given to writers with Arab, Saudi, Asian, or African nationality or origin. A screenwriter must have experience with realized scripts in any form, including shorts, TV, web series, or theatre.
There are four points to this category:
- the director must be of Saudi nationality or origin;
- the story must have a local subject and be shot entirely or partly in Saudi Arabia;
- the producer can come from anywhere
- preference will be given to projects with a Saudi writer attached.
The program is aimed towards first or second-time feature directors, and so directors must have experience in the field, as demonstrated through one or two previous works that will be submitted. These previous works can be short films, music videos, commercials, features, documentaries, TV or web series.
Producers must have produced audio-visual works; these works can be short films, music videos, commercials, features, documentaries, or TV/web series.
A writer must have tangible experience in writing and have had their work realized or published in one of the following fields: theatre, literature, journalism, advertising, TV, radio, and film.
All applications must have a producer and director; if the director is not also the writer, there must be a separate writer attached to the project.
All applications must have a producer and a director; if the director is not also the writer, there must be a writer attached to the project.
The training is organized for producers and director/writer and it is not possible for one person to follow both strands of the program. As such, applications must be presented by a team of a producer and a director/writer.
A synopsis is a brief description of the key elements of the whole story, without dialogue. The Red Sea Lodge requires a 1-page synopsis of a maximum of 1,000 characters with spaces.
A treatment is a written description of the whole story without dialogue. It is more detailed than a synopsis and should read like a short story told in the present tense describing events as they happen. It should include information on the cinematic style, locations, and motivation of the director. The Red Sea Lodge requires a treatment of 5–10 pages, of a maximum of 18,000 characters.
The director’s vision provides information about the creative approach of the director and should offer a strong sense of how the film will look and why this film is important to the filmmaker. It can be represented by a mood board, a project book (a few pages of a storyboard, a color script, a series of drawings or photographs), or a video (maximum 3 minutes). It visually complements the written concept and describes the project through images.
The biography can be written as a text describing the educational background and work experience of the applicants.
The filmography should be presented in the form of URLs of previous works including the title, year, the length of the film, the genre (documentary, fiction, or animation), and the role of the applicant in the production.
The Red Sea Lodge asks for a minimum of two examples of previous works, to be included in the application. Pieces need to be seen in their entirety, as such, showreels are not accepted. The online link to your film needs to be available for three months after the deadline and must be subtitled in English. The work should demonstrate the applicant’s ability. Ideally, applicants should submit examples that complement the proposed project; it is possible to explain the relationship between your previous films and the proposed project in the director’s treatment section of your application.
This document describes the cast you would like to involve in your project or actors who have already indicated an interest. It is not necessary to send a letter of intent from actors, but photo references can be sent to support the casting idea document (1 page, maximum 350 words or 1,800 characters).
A financial plan explains the strategy to fund the film through all stages from development through to completion. It should include the financiers who have already committed, those who have been approached whose response is still pending, and those who have been identified but are yet to be formally approached. It should include all financiers, producers, co-producers, funds, awards, etc. In the written explanation, you can provide the logic of your plan.
The purpose of this document is to state that, if selected to participate in the program, the director and producer mutually agree to complete the submitted project according to the deadlines and requirements of the call. A memo deal between the two parties is sufficient.
If the project has previously participated in film training courses and development programs please list the programs. This gives the selection team an idea of the development of the project and the team.
This video message from the director presents themselves and their work. Each director is free to choose the best way to realize it, though the video must be presented in English - If recorded in Arabic, the video should contain subtitles. The video should be a maximum of three minutes long.
It is not necessary for the proposed project to have a script in order to be considered for the Red Sea Lodge. However, though it is not a required part of the application, if there is one already written, you can submit a copy in Arabic or English.
Applications for Saudi projects are accepted until January 20, 2024, 11:59 PM KSA time, and Arab, African, and Asian applications until January 30, 2024, 11:59 PM KSA time.
All members of the selected teams (producer, writer and scriptwriter) must be committed to the entirety of the program, and are required to attend all elements, which includes 5 workshops for the Saudi applicants and four workshops for no-Saudi applicants (all in-person) and extensive work in the periods between workshops. It is not possible to miss workshops.
There are no costs to cover neither to apply, nor if a project is selected. The Red Sea Lodge will cover online platform fees, flights, accommodation, visa costs, and meals for all participants, any other incidentals will need to be covered by the participants themselves.
The selected Red Sea Lodge projects must indicate Red Sea Lodge support after the completion of the program. There are also obligations on completion of the film, including credits and premiere. Please see the following section on credits for a full outline of requirements from the filmmakers.
Selection for awards
- Projects that are developed at the Red Sea Lodge:
- Are committed to crediting the Red Sea Lodge in the film’s opening credits and verbally acknowledge the Lodge at festivals, in awards speeches, or in any press engagements where the film is discussed.
- Will have the GCC premiere at the Red Sea International Film Festival
- Projects that win the Red Sea Lodge award and cash prize, or if they win any awards from the Red Sea Lodge’s Partners:
- The winning project will give the Red Sea Lodge co-producer opening and closing credits.
- Award winners from the Red Sea Lodge's official partners will list the Red Sea Lodge as a Co-Producer.
No, unfortunately, due to the volume of anticipated applications, the Red Sea Lodge will not discuss or give specific feedback on the non-selected projects.