Red Sea International Film Festival Foundation Launches a Community Relief Fund to Support Saudi Filmmakers
March 17, 2020, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia | The non-profit Red Sea International Film Festival Foundation announced a fund of SAR200,000 in the form of emergency community relief grants to support Saudi filmmakers.
Line-Up and Jury Announced for the first Red Sea Shorts Competition
Tim Redford of Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival to helm jury alongside actress
Najla Ben Abdallah, and poet and cultural leader Ahmad Almulla
Focussed on work from the Arab world, the winner of the competition receives a Golden Yusr Award and $50,000 Prize
Red Sea Film Festival Foundation Restores “Al-Ikhtiyar” (“The Choice”) by legendary Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine Screening part of the Festival’s commitment to restoring essential works from the Arab canon
26 February 2020, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia | The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation has restored Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine’s masterpiece “Al-Ikhtiyar” (The Choice). The murder mystery will screen in the Festival’s Retrospective and Classics section. The event marks the first big screen projection of the legendary director’s work in Saudi Arabia.
Red Sea International Film Festival enters strategic partnership with MBC GROUP
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; February 19, 2020 – Red Sea International Film Festival announced its principal partnership with MBC GROUP, the largest and leading multi-media company in the Middle East and North Africa region. The Red Sea International Film Festival’s Opening Ceremony on March 12th will be broadcasted on MBC TV.
Red Sea International Film Festival’s first edition to host “When Fellini Dreamt of Picasso” exhibition
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; February 20th, 2020 - The Red Sea International Film Festival announced today that its first edition will host the “When Fellini Dreamt of Picasso” exhibition, in celebration of 100 years since the birth of the great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and La Cinémathèque française, the exhibition will launch on March 14th, 2020, for a duration of 5 weeks. This announcement comes in line with the Foundation’s aim to highlight vibrant cultural legacy; through its key initiatives, it forges dialogues between the past and the future, and between diverse international perspectives.
Red Sea International Film Festival reveals details of its first edition
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; February 17, 2020 - Red Sea International Film Festival announced today the program details, competition lineup and industry initiatives of its first edition at a press conference held in Al-Balad Historic Jeddah, Bait Qabil. Set to take place March 12-21 at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Festival will shed light on local talent as well as bringing a diverse selection of films to Saudi Arabia.
Oliver Stone to head Red Sea International Film Festival Jury
Stone and his Jury will oversee the International Competition, which is focused on original, daring productions by emerging and established voices, particularly those from the Arab world and the Global South. The competition values cinematic forms that push traditions, recognizing the innovators of independent film production.
Red Sea International Film Festival to open with World Premiere of Saudi feature film “Shams al-Maaref” (The Book of Sun)
February 16, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia | The Red Sea International Film Festival will open in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on March 12, 2020, with the world premiere of the Saudi feature film “Shams al-Maaref” (The Book of Sun)”, directed by the Godus Brothers. The film will also compete in the Festival’s IN COMPETITION category.
“Changing the Script” – Red Sea International Film Festival announces theme and honors three cinematic innovators
February 11, 2020, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia | The Red Sea International Film Festival announced that its inaugural session, which will launch next month in Jeddah’s Old Town, will have the theme "Changing the script".
Official Poster for the Red Sea International Film Festival
The Red Sea International Film Festival unveils the official poster of its inaugural edition featuring an image shot by Syrian-born artist Osama Esid of Saudi ballerina Samira Alkhamis emerging from the sea, indicative of the wave of change in the region, and the opportunities for a new generation of filmmakers in Saudi Arabia.
Five Saudi women directors working on ‘Untitled Omnibus Feature’ introduced, with project set for world premiere at inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival
13 January 2020, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia | The Red Sea International Film Festival introduces the five women directors brought together for a major new anthology film. ‘Untitled Omnibus Feature’ is produced and funded by the Red Sea International Film Festival, and produced by Jeddah-based production house Cinepoetics Pictures.
Red Sea International Film Festival 2020 Announces Khairy Beshara as its Retrospective
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA. December 19, 2019. A retrospective at the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival is to honor the pioneering Egyptian film director, Khairy Beshara. The filmmaker is one of the key proponents of Neo-Realism in Egypt and the Arab World in the 1980s, and the originator of the 1990s youthful cinema and folk fantasy films.
Red Sea Film Festival restores two rare films by late Saudi photographer Safouh Naamani
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 18, 2019 – The Red Sea International Film Festival will honor Saudi photographer and cinematographer Safouh Naamani (1926-2016), one of the pioneers of color photography in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The festival will publicly present for the first time a rare documentary made by Naamani in 1963 on the journey to Hajj, in addition to a movie compiling never before seen film footage of the city of Jeddah, taken with Naamani's personal camera between 1954 and 1968.
Red Sea International Film Festival partners with Cairo International Film Festival to support Arab filmmakers
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 22 November, 2019: The Red Sea International Film Festival will award an opportunity to a team of Arab filmmakers attending the Cairo Film Connection to participate in the inaugural Red Sea Souk, the international industry market taking place in Jeddah, from March 13–16, 2020. The partnership between the Red Sea International Film Festival and Cairo International Film Festival is an acknowledgement of their shared aim in supporting a new and exciting generation of Arab filmmakers.
Red Sea International Film Festival announces 12 projects selected for development at the Red Sea Lodge
30 September 2019, Jeddah: The Red Sea International Film Festival has announced the 12 winning projects for development at the inaugural Red Sea Lodge. An international committee chose the winning teams out of 120 submissions, drawn from 16 countries. Female directors helm a third of the 12 successful projects, and over a quarter have female producers.
Film Submissions Open for the Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, September 17, 2019: Submissions are open for the inaugural edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival. Entries are invited from September 17, 2019, until November 15, 2019, for a program presenting a distinctive selection of international, Arab, and Saudi feature-length, short and immersive works. The Festival will take place in the ancient Jeddah Old Town in March 2020.
Red Sea International Film Festival announces up to three million dollars in cash prizes, mentoring, and production funds
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 28 August 2019: The Red Sea International Film Festival has announced cash prizes totaling $350,000 to be awarded at the inaugural Festival taking place in Jeddah from March 12–21, 2020. There will be $250,000 in cash prizes for films In Competition and $100,000 as part of the Bait Al Montage post-production fund.
Red Sea International Film Festival announces Tamheed Fund award winners
Red Sea International Film Festival announces Tamheed Fund award winners The Red Sea International Film Festival has unveiled the two projects selected for the Tamheed Fund, each receiving production grants of $500,000. Two aspiring filmmakers, Faris Godus and Mohammed Alholayyil, will be supported to produce their first films, The Book Of Sun and Forty Years and a Night, respectively. Sohayb Godus joins his brother Faris’ project, The Book of Sun as the producer, while Abdulrahman Khawj will produce Forty Years and a Night.
The Red Sea International Film Festival Sets 2020 Dates and Launches "The Red Sea Lodge" Script & Feature Lab
eddah: 27 June, 2019 – The Red Sea International Film Festival announced today that the inaugural edition will be held from March 12 - 21, 2020 in the old town of Jeddah, on the Saudi Arabian Red Sea coast led by Festival Director and CEO Mahmoud Sabbagh and his newly appointed senior personnel. The first edition will bring the regional and international community together to experience the world’s best films, educational workshops, informative industry master classes, immersive art experiences, experimental projects and other cinematic events.