We wanted to share with you some thoughts on our plans for The Red Sea International Film Festival. In early March, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we took the necessary decision to postpone the inaugural Red Sea Film Festival. It has become clear that the idea of hosting a physical event in 2020 with no social distancing measures in place is remiss. For this reason, we are declaring the inaugural Red Sea Film Festival as a ‘Label Edition.’ We want to thank all the filmmakers, juries, industry teams, staff and partners.
We would also like to let you know that our new thinking is to host the 2nd edition of The Red Sea Film Festival in the second half of 2021.
It’s a decision mindful of the fact that the production of films around the world has halted, respects the current health and safety requirements and enables us to plan for a spectacular and safe physical event.
In the meantime, The Red Sea Film Foundation shall continue to support the burgeoning Saudi film industry, as well as local and regional filmmakers. Our Community Relief Fund that helps Saudi filmmakers who have sustained a financial loss related to the Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures remains open.
The Red Sea Lodge, in collaboration with the TorinoFilmLab will complete its inaugural edition digitally. In September, we shall name the two production fund grantees. All 12 Red Sea Lodge projects will have the opportunity to pitch to industry executives at the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event 2020. We have exciting plans to expand and grow the Red Sea Lodge in 2021. Additionally, we shall be supporting the release of films made under the aegis of the Red Sea Film Foundation, in cinemas or straight to platforms, in a way that ensures the safety of audiences.
We remain dedicated to inclusivity knowing that film offers a unique window into the world, and an ability to share cultural experiences. We look forward to continuing our journey together. Stay safe and healthy.
The Red Sea Film Festival Team