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Red Sea fund

250+ Projects, with 15 million US Dollars grants.

A dynamic force in the world of Arab and African film financing, the Red Sea Fund operates across four cycles, encompassing projects in stages of development, production, and post-production.

The Fund’s dedication to nurturing cinematic creativity has resulted in supporting 250+ films since its first edition in 2021. Beyond its financial contributions, the Fund is also launching a range of initiatives to bolster the film industry. These include a celebration of women in cinema by funding graduation films from the first women’s university and the first filmmaking degree in the Kingdom of Saudi. This is in addition to partnerships with other festivals around the world, providing financial awards to exceptional projects.

Documentary, fiction, animation – episodic, shorts, and features – the Fund is looking out for filmmakers and the new exciting wave of films from the region.

Fund Cycles Calendar

CYCLE 01
POST-PRODUCTION FUND
Feb 6th –  Feb 21st

CYCLE 02
PRODUCTION FUND
April 6th – April 30th

CYCLE 03
DEVELOPMENT FUND
June 6th – June 30th

CYCLE 04
POST-PRODUCTION FUND
August 6th – August 21st

Post-Production Fund

Got a rough-cut ready? Still looking for financing? The Red Sea Fund can support you with a post-production grant to get your film completed and ready for distribution and exhibition.

Feature-length (60-minutes or more) fiction, documentary or animation projects from directors of Arab nationality/origin and African nationality.

Development Fund

Backing your film from treatment to production-ready scripts and concepts.

Feature-length (60-minutes or more) fiction, documentary or animation projects from directors of Arab nationality/origin and African nationality;

Episodic projects (25–59 minutes per episode) from directors of Arab nationality/origin and African nationality;

Short fiction, documentary, or animation (less than 60 minutes) projects from Saudi directors.

Production Fund

Backing the financing, for films ready to proceed to production.

Feature-length (60-minutes or more) fiction, documentary or animation projects from directors of Arab nationality/origin and African nationality;

Episodic projects (25–59 minutes per episode) from directors of Arab nationality/origin and African nationality;

Short fiction, documentary, or animation (less than 60 minutes) projects from Saudi directors.

Projects

The Mother of All Lies

Director:
Asmae El Moudir
Producer:
Asmae El Moudir – Mark Lotfy

(Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar)

Four Daughters

Director:
Kaouther Ben Hania
Producer:
Habib Attia – Nadim Cheikhrouha

(France, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Tunisia)

Inshallah A boy

Director:
Amjad Al Rasheed
Producer:
Rula Nasser

(Jordan, France, Saudi Arabia and Qatar)

Mandoob

Director:
Ali Kalthami
Producer:
Abdulrahman Jarash – Chawki Knis – Alaa Faden

(Saudi Arabia)

Goodbye Julia

Director:
Mohamed Kordofani
Producer:
Amjad Abu Alala

(Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Egypt, France and Sweden)

Hounds

Director:
Kamal Lazraq
Producer:
Saïd Hamich Benlarbi

(France, Morocco, Belgium and Qatar)

Omen

Director:
Baloji
Producer:
Sebastien Onoma

(Belgium, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Netherlands, Germany and South Africa)

Slave

Director:
Mansour Assad
Producer:
Lina Abdulaziz – Faisal Baltyuor – Abdulaziz Almowani – Mansour Assad

(Saudi Arabia)

Backstage

Director:
Afef Ben Mahmoud – Khalil Benkirane
Producer:
Khalil Benkirane – Afef Ben Mahmoud

(Morocco, Tunisia, Belgium and France)

Behind the Mountains

Director:
Mohamed Ben Attia
Producer:
Lorenzo Rapetti – Paolo Maria Spina – Dora Bouchoucha – Lina Chaabane Menzli – Jean Pierre Et Luc Dardenne – Nadim Cheikhrouha – Delphine Tomson – Giovanni Robbiano

(Tunisia, France, Belgium, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Qatar)