Red Sea International Film Festival

Rules and Regulations 2020

Rules and regulations. Red Sea Film Festival – YUSR AWARDS

Mission & Objective

The Red Sea Film Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting Saudi and Arab film cultures.

The foundation champions the Kingdom’s burgeoning film scene by nurturing audience engagement, supporting filmmakers and developing a robust film industry.

The Red Sea Film Foundation's three core initiatives. It is dedicated to supporting its national storytellers, highlighting its distinctive local narratives and driving a sustainable and animated film ecosystem.

Below are the rules and regulations that submitted films must adhere to in order to be selected to screen at the Red Sea Int. Film Festival.

A film’s nationality is determined by the division of funding it has received. If a film has received 50% or more of its funding from one country, it is seen as a production of that nation. The Festival also takes into consideration the nationality of the director and funding sources to determine nationality.


In Competition:

Feature length films, fiction, documentary or animation, that meet the following conditions may be invited to the In Competition section:

Films that have been produced during the twelve months preceding the Festival.

Films whose distribution is limited to its country of origin.

The film must be an Arab region premiere. By this, we ask that films have not been presented in any public event in the Arab region, including festival screenings.

Films that have not been shown on the internet.

Feature films are considered more than 60 minutes long.

The festival supports films by emerging artists. But films by established filmmakers are also welcomed to the competition.


Out of Competition:

Feature length films, fiction, documentary or animation, that meet the following conditions may be invited to the Out of Competition section:

Films that have been produced during the twelve months preceding the Festival.

Films distributed only within its country of origin.

The film is preferably an Arab region premiere.

Films that have not been shown free of charge on open Internet platforms.

Feature films are considered more than 60 minutes long.


New Saudi/New Cinema:

Designed to celebrate new Saudi Arabian feature film productions.

Feature films are classified as films over 60 minutes with credits.

This category is Open to fiction, documentary, or animated feature films.

Films must have been made in the 12 months prior to the festival.

Films must be produced by a Saudi Arabian team, with the lead creatives being from KSA. Films must be produced in and /or shot In KSA.

Open to emerging and established directors.

Films do not have to be KSA premieres.


Best of the Year:

To qualify for the Best of the Year’s strand, Feature length films, fiction, documentary or animation must adhere to the rules below:

Films should have been produced during the 18 months preceding the Festival.

Films should have played at a film festival from January 2019 to March 2020.

Films whose distribution is not limited to its country of origin.

The film does not have to be an Arab premiere. But the film must not be distributed theatrically or online in KSA.

The film should not have been shown on open, free to air platforms on the internet.

Feature films are considered more than 60 minutes long.

Films by emerging, established and mid-career filmmakers are welcomed.


Tajreeb:

Designed to showcase Saudi experimental films.

Films do not have to be an Arab regional premiere.

Films should be less than 12 months old from the time of the festival

Films may be presented online, in public, anywhere before the festival.

Any duration, format or style of film is welcomed.

First time and student directors are encouraged to submit, as well as established filmmakers.


Red Sea Shorts Competition:

Dedicated to showcasing Arab-made short films.

Films should have an Arab regional premiere.

Films should be 59 minutes or less.

Films should be made within the last 12 months.

Films made by a film school or Arab film institution are allowed. Independent productions and co-productions are also welcomed.

Films should be made by a majority Arab-cast and crew and Arab funded.


Immersive:

Projects should be made in the last 12 months.

Projects have no regional premiere requirements.

Projects should be designed to be outside of the cinema context.

VR and AR projects accepted.


Generations:

Feature length narrative films, documentary or animation, that meet the following conditions may be invited to the Generations section:

Films must have been produced during the twelve months preceding the Festival.

Films that have not been shown on the internet.

Feature films are considered more than 60 minutes long.

The festival supports films by emerging and established artists.


General Rules

For selection to the competitive sections of the festival:

Article 1

The spirit of the festival. The Festival aims is to reveal and focus attention on works of quality in order to contribute to the evolution of motion picture arts in Saudi Arabia and the region.

Article 2

The 1st edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will be held March 12-21, 2020.

Article 3

The Festival Director chooses and invites the films which will be presented in the festival program.

Each film invited to be part of the Official selection by the festival director will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Only films that meet the following conditions may be chosen for invitation in the official selection:

Films that have been produced during the twelve months preceding the Festival.

Films that have preferably not been released in any Arab country.

Films in competition should not have been presented in any Arab motion picture event prior to the festival.

Films that have not been exhibited for free on the Internet, not been broadcasted and/or made available on television, mobile phones and/or any other public viewing platform now known or hereafter devised before and until the end of the festival.

Films that respect the aims of the Festival as defined in Article 1.

Article 4

Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival program during the event

Article 5

All films must be presented in their original language, with Arab subtitles, in case the film is not in Arabic. English subtitles are also recommended for non English films together with the Arabic.

By “original language” is meant the one in which a film is or will be exhibited in its country of origin.

All films with dialogues in a language different from Arabic and English will be electronically subtitled in these 2 languages. The screening of those subtitles will be operated by the Festival.

Article 6

The Festival Director designates the members of the Jury for the feature and short films in competition as well as the Jury’s President.

No person having taken part in the production or exploitation of a film in competition may be on the Jury.

Article 7

Features in Competition

The Jury for the feature films in competition is obliged to award:

The Yusr Golden Award, a cash prize will be awarded to the director(s) of the film.

  • RedSea Golden Yusr for Feature Film ( Trophy, and $100,000 )
  • RedSea Silver Yusr for Best Director ( Trophy, and $50,000 )
  • RedSea Silver Yusr for Best Screenplay ( Trophy )
  • RedSea Silver Yusr for Best Actor ( Trophy )
  • RedSea Silver Yusr for Best Actress ( Trophy )
  • RedSea Silver Yusr for Best Cinematic Contribution ( Trophy )

An Audience Award will be awarded by the festival.

Article 7

Short Films in Competition

The Short Film Jury is obliged to award:

The Golden Yusr Award for Best film ( Trophy, $50,000 into his/her next film, and a 3-month creative residency in Old Town, Jeddah ).

The award winners and distribution companies agrees to use the exact wording of the awards as sent out in the logo guidelines of the Red Sea Film Festival.

Article 8

All films to be submitted for the Official Selection must be entered by end of November 2019. Please check the website for the closing date.

An entry form must be filled out on the website of the festival.

A viewing link of the film must be submitted by the due date.

Article 9

Complete press kit, stills and film making team biographies for each selected film is to be made available for the film department must be received before after invitation. This must be received in accordance with our publication deadline.

The final DCP of each invited film must reach the sole receiving shipping agent accredited by the festival by March 1st 2020.

Article 10

Once a film is selected, the submitter will not be able to withdraw nor change the Premiere status of the film at any given time before it is screened at Red Sea FF.

Shipping costs of the screening print and from the festival premises will be incurred by Red Sea FF.

Prints of all selected films will be insured throughout the period in which they are in the festival’s custody and until they are shipped back to the submitter. In the case of loss or damage during this period, only the value of the print will be replaced.

Article 11

The Festival Director of the Red Sea International Film Festival will settle all cases not covered by the present rules and regulations.

Article 12

Participation in the Red Sea International Film Festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations and respect of pre selection conditions.

The rules apply to all sections of the official selection.