يبدأ بيع تذاكر ليالي السينما السعودية مباشرة في الساعة 6:00 مساءً بتوقيت المملكة العربية السعودية


Contact: Julie Bergeron,
  1. Description
A Project Market for industry professionals organized during the Red Sea Souk (the “Project Market”) to support ten (10) to twelve (12) projects by directors of African nationality or Arab nationality/origin at the stage of development and production and to foster international co-production. The Project Market will take place from December 8 – 11, 2021, during the Red Sea Souk, the film market of the 1st edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (the “Festival”). This four-day event is composed of the following:
  1. The selected projects will participate to a workshop with an expert to prepare a video pitch/proof of concept (2-3 minutes video). The workshop will take place on-line during the month of October 2021.
  2. The selected projects/teams will present a video pitch/proof of concept to a professional audience on December 8, 2021.
  3. One-on-one meetings between the projects teams and the professionals attending the Festival will be organized on December 9, 10 and 11, 2021.
  4. Networking, encounters and meetings will allow directors and producers of the selected Projects to interact directly with industry decision-makers.
The Project Market is open to feature films, fiction, animation and documentary, (minimum duration of 60’) directed by a director of African nationality or Arab nationality/origin, and currently at an advanced development or at the production stage.
  1. Awards
All selected Projects* will compete for the Red Sea Souk Development and Production Awards to be granted by a jury consisting of one development grant of USD 25,000.00 and one production grant of USD 100,000.00 offered by the Red Sea Fund. The Red Sea Fund will manage the Red Sea Souk Development and Production Awards in accordance with its own rules and regulations. *If a selected Project is already supported by the Red Sea Fund, it will be eligible to the Production and Development Awards and the award will then be granted as an additional funding by the Red Sea Fund representing the lesser of 50% of the funding already granted to the project by the Red Sea Fund or the amount of the award. In both cases the amount of the award will not exceed the amount of US$25,000.00 (Development Award) or US$100,000.00 (Production Award). All selected Projects will also compete for different awards to be granted by the Festival’s sponsors. These sponsors’ awards will be announced closer to the Festival. All awards will be presented at an awards ceremony on the last day of the Red Sea Souk.
  1. Submissions / Eligibility
The submission of the projects is made through the Red Sea Fund application process. The Festival also reserves the right to scout and hand-pick projects not submitted to the Red Sea Fund. The call for projects is open from June 9, 2021 and will close on July 21, 2021. All projects submitted to the Red Sea Fund (for development or production support) will be considered for the Project Market, if the applicant has confirmed in the application form his/her wish to be considered. Don’t forget to confirm in the application! Eligibility of the project is subject to the conditions provided for by the Red Sea Fund application process. We will be looking for projects meeting the following criteria:
  • Special attention will be given to projects by directors who have made at least one feature film, fiction, animation or documentary (Previous works viewing link with English subtitles available).
  • The project has international market potential and is suitable for international co-production.
  • Script and artistic dossier are available in English.
  • The project has not started shooting.
  • The director and producer are available to participate in the October pitching workshop and produce, at their costs, a “Video Pitch/Proof of concept”.
  • The director and producer are available to participate for the full duration of the Project Market in Jeddah.
  1. Selection Process
The selection of the Projects is made by a committee, composed of three members. Ten to twelve projects will be selected. The Festival reserves the right to decide on the final number of projects selected. The selection results will be communicated to the selected teams by September 15, 2021.  The Festival will request the signing of all required forms and contracts to confirm acceptance of the invitation by October 1st, 2021. Notably, the following conditions and undertakings will apply:
  1. The Festival will cover travel expenses and accommodations for six nights, for the director, and for one producer, for each of the selected Projects (Arrival December 6, Departure December 12, 2021).
  2. The directors and producers of the selected Projects will confirm their presence for the full duration of the Workshop, no later than October 1st, 2021.
  3. The documentation required by the Festival for its official catalogues, platform and website will be duly completed and sent no later than October 15, 2021. A link through which to supply the information and the images will be sent with the invitation.
  4. The invitation made to each selected Project will remain strictly confidential between the Festival and the producers or representatives of the invited Project until such time as the Festival decides to make an official announcement in this regard.
  5. The complete Red Sea Souk program and all activities of the Project Market are exclusively decided by the Festival.
  1. Credits
As a binding condition, all selected Projects must include the authorized logo and the mention “With the support of the Red Sea International Film Festival” in the closing credits of the film. Also, they will have to include in the closing credits of the film the logo of the Festival with the phrase “The film took part in the Red Sea Souk projects market”. If other film partners appear in the opening credits, the same logos and mentions must also be included in the opening credits. In addition to the above, the Projects that will be awarded the Red Sea Souk Production Award or the Red Sea Souk Development Award must display alongside the logo of the Festival the mention “Red Sea Souk Production Award 2021/ Red Sea Souk Development Award 2021” and follow all other obligations with respect to credits which may be requested by the Red Sea Fund.
  1. General Terms
The participants must ensure they are legitimately entitled to enter and represent the Project at the Project Market. Participation in the Project Market constitutes unconditional adherence to the present rules and to the Festival regulations. All doubts arising from the interpretation of these rules and regulations will be solved by the Festival. The Festival reserves the right to settle any case not covered by the present or the Festival’s regulations, and to waive them in special and well-motivated instances.