Tamheed Fund is one of the initiatives launched by the Red Sea International Film Festival designed to support a robust infrastructure for the Saudi film industry. The fund aims to support feature films in KSA made by Saudi Arabian filmmakers and focuses on projects with authentic local stories presented in innovative visual styles and daring narration tools. Tamheed-supported films will premier in the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival in March 2020.
Red Sea International Film Festival unveils the winning projects for the inaugural Tamheed Fund (Two grants of $500,000 each)
The competition received 24 submissions, two of which were by female directors. The subject matter in the projects covered diverse geographic and social environments, from major cities to villages and deserts. Some belonged to Saudi art schools, and included themes like realism, neorealism, psychodrama, sci-fi and fantasy, with one animation project.
The projects tackled various themes, exploring the cultural heritage in the Kingdom, complicated family relationships, passions for art, and self-realization. Several films focused on documenting changes in contemporary Saudi society and its transformation.
The WINNERS are:
- THE BOOK OF SUN (SHAMS AL-MA'ARIF), directed by Faris Godus and produced by Sohayb Godus
- FORTY YEARS AND A NIGHT (ARBAOUN AMAN WA LAILA), directed by Mohammed Alholayyil and
produced by Abdulrahman Khawj.