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The Red Sea International Film Festival Opens Submissions For 2024 Edition

May 8, 2024

Taking place from the 5-14 December 2024, submissions are now being accepted from Saudi Arabia, Asia, Africa and the Arab World

Submissions to the 4th edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival(Red Sea IFF) are now open. Red Sea IFF will take place from the 5th to the 14th of December 2024 in Al Balad, Jeddah.

Filmmakers, producers, and distributors from Saudi Arabia, Africa, Asia, and the Arab world are invited to submit their films from now until August 22nd, with the early bird submissions period closing on July 5th. Celebrating the dynamic and blossoming film industry across these regions, Red Sea IFF is accepting submissions for Competition strands across both the Red Sea: Competition and Red Sea: Shorts Competition sections, as well as the New Saudi/New Cinema section for both features and shorts, highlighting the most exciting new filmmakers and artists from Saudi Arabia.

The titles in the competition will compete for the prestigious Yusr Awards, including the Red Sea Golden Yusr Award for Best Film in Competition, which carries a cash prize of $100,000. In 2023, the Golden Yusr was awarded to Zarrar Kahn’s debut feature In Flames.

Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the Red Sea Film Foundation, said: “We are incredibly proud to offer a diverse range of sections and opportunities for both established and emerging filmmakers to showcase their work, and it is important to the Foundation that this remains accessible for all – so we are pleased to offer an early bird period with no fee for submitting work for consideration.  We are very much looking forward to diving into the entries and coming together in December to celebrate the inspiring and vibrant projects from Saudi Arabia, Africa, Asia and the Arab World at our highly anticipated fourth edition.”

During the early bird submission period, projects can be submitted at no cost, with the regular price for submissions starting on July 6th, with 100SAR (VAT inclusive) for shorts and 200SAR (VAT inclusive) for Features. For more information and to submit your project, please visit:

Submissions are open for the following sections:

Red Sea: Competition

The competition values all cinematic forms, from narrative to animation and documentary, featuring works from Asia and Africa, including the Arab world. It presents challenging cinematic works with innovative filmmaking and great storytelling by emerging and established voices, celebrated with generous prizes awarded by an international jury.

Red Sea: Shorts Competition

Featuring works of less than 60 minutes from Asia and Africa, including the Arab world, the competition values cinematic works that offer fresh takes and new ideas that tell compelling, diverse and innovative stories in the short film form. Presenting daring productions by emerging and established voices, it’s the place to discover something new and connect with next-generation creators that push limits across fiction and documentary, with generous prizes awarded by an international jury.

New Saudi/New Cinema

A curated introduction to the most vital new filmmakers and artists from Saudi Arabia. Diverse and dynamic, the voices shaping the scene; from arthouse features and shorts to documentaries, these are the films primed for launch on the international circuit.