- Submission’s FAQ
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS?
Submissions are closed FOR 2022.
IS THERE A SUBMISSION FEE?
There is no entry fee to submit a film for the Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF).
CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE FILM?
There is no limit to the number of submissions directed by the same filmmaker(s).
WHAT TYPES OF FILMS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUBMISSIONS?
Narrative and non-fiction films eligible for our sections are: feature narratives and documentaries , short films, as well as new Saudi features and shorts.
WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF MY FILM IS SELECTED?
Film selections are announced by mid-October.
I AM UNABLE TO UPLOAD MY FILM. WHY IS THAT?
There is no need to upload your film. We only require a private online viewing link and password.
CAN I SEND YOU A DVD OR A HARD DISK FOR FILM VIEWING?
Only links to private viewing online are accepted as part of the submission form. The link should be viewable directly online without the need to download.
I MADE A MISTAKE ON MY ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
To update an existing film information, please log in again using your RedSeaIFF username and password. Once on the dashboard, you can click on "View Submission" which will take you to the list of films or projects submitted and edit/update accordingly. (Only applicable until the submission deadline).
HOW DO I GET CONFIRMATION THAT MY FILM HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO REDSEAIFF?
An automatic confirmation email is sent once your submission has been received.
DO YOU ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL FEATURE AND SHORT FILMS?
RedSeaIFF accepts submissions from films qualifying as Asian or African (including the Arab region). These films must either be made in Africa or Asia; be financed/produced or co-produced by African or Asian entities; or be films with a director, prominent cast or crew from Asia or Africa. Filmmakers from African or Asian diaspora can also qualify if they have made films in the rest of the world.
AS A WORK-IN-PROGRESS SUBMISSION, WHEN SHALL I SUBMIT THE FINAL CUT?
For works in progress, we strongly advise you to submit the most updated version before the submission. If your film gets selected, the RedSeaIFF submissions team will then advise you on the deadline to receive the final cut.
WHAT ARE THE ACCEPTED FILM DURATIONS?
Feature films are those that are 60 minutes or longer, while short films should not exceed 59 minutes.
WHAT PREMIERE STATUS SHOULD MY FILM BE?
We require an Arab region premiere for any film that is to be screened in the Festival, except for submissions to New Saudi/New Cinema and Festival Favorites.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM SECTIONS?
For information on our various film programs, kindly visit https://redseafilmfest.com/en/program-sections/ . Please note that the Festival programmers reserve the right to decide on which section or competition the submitted films are placed, irrespective of the category that they had initially applied for.
DO YOU ACCEPT ROUGH CUTS?
We encourage films that are at the fine cut stage at least. Sound and color mix are not necessary at the submission stage. If the film has been selected, then the film copy must be ready to screen and received by October 22 at the very latest.
DO YOU ACCEPT SCRIPTS?
We don't accept scripts as film submissions. A completed online submission form and an online viewing link of the entire film must be included for the film to be considered.
CAN WE REPLACE THE LINK WITH AN UPDATED CUT?
Yes, but only if we ask for it. You must inform the submissions team before resubmitting, and the selection committee has the right to refuse the updated viewing version of the film.
CAN I CHANGE THE VIEWING LINK PASSWORD?
We advise that all passwords created upon submission remain valid until submissions are officially closed. If the password needs to be changed, make sure to notify us immediately.
I AM A SAUDI/ARAB DIRECTOR, I LIVE ABROAD, AND MY PRODUCER IS NOT SAUDI/ARAB – WILL MY FILM BE CLASSED AS AN ARAB FILM OR AN INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION?
If you are Saudi/Arab and the film subject has direct relevance to the Arab world, it will be classified as a Saudi/Arab film.
I MADE A SHORT FILM AND I DON'T HAVE ANY PRODUCERS. CAN I SUBMIT MY FILM?
Yes, you can submit the film even if you don't have any producers.