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Red Sea International Film Festival x Consulate General of France in Jeddah present third edition of The 48Hr Film Challenge 

July 17, 2023

The Red Sea International Film Festival, in collaboration with Alliance Française, the Consulate General of France in Jeddah, the Embassy of France in Saudi Arabia, and VOX Cinemas[ZZ1]  have announced the third[ZZ2]  edition of the 48-Hour Film Challenge, aimed at fostering the talents of aspiring filmmakers in Saudi Arabia.

This exciting challenge is open to all aspiring filmmakers in the Kingdom, both Saudis and Saudi residents aged 18-25. The participants will undergo two[ZZ3]  days of intensive technical workshops and mentorship, including a writing workshop with Lebanese scriptwriter and filmmaker Sophie Boutros, a filmmaking workshop with Saudi filmmaker Mohamed Al Salman, a producing workshop with Egyptian producer and filmmaker Hala Lotfy and a cinematography workshop with the Jordanian director of photography Samer El Nimri. Following the workshops, the teams will embark on a thrilling race against the clock, making a film from idea to edit within 48 hours.

The winning team leaders will be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – a [ZZ4] residency at the International Short Films Festival In Clermont-Ferrand (France), in 2024. The winning films will also be shown in the next edition of the Red Sea Film Festival in December 2023. Additionally, the French Consulate will offer 15 shortlisted team members three days of professional workshops (25-26-27 August) in Jeddah with experts from France and Saudi. The professional workshops will include screenings of short films and discussions about the industry,

The competition is designed to push the boundaries of tradition and recognize the innovators in independent filmmaking.

The winners will be chosen by a jury composed of world-renowned filmmakers and film professionals, including Saudi filmmaker Shahad Ameen, Egyptian actress Amina Khalil and French film maker & writer Professor Alexandre Tylski. The jury will seek to honour and reward cinematic work presented at the 48 Hour Film Challenge that breaks new ground and encourages Saudi and regional filmmaking.