The Red Sea Lodge nurtures the next generation of filmmakers from Saudi and the Arab world, in partnership with TorinoFilmLab.

After a successful inaugural year, it returns in 2021 bigger and better than ever. The intensive8-month program (duration is subject to change depending on the to-be-announced festival dates) is for emerging filmmakers on their first or second feature; more established names with truly daring new concepts and approaches will be considered. Open to teams from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, working on a feature film project at any stage of development. In 2021, the program will include five workshops, including one residential during the Festival in Jeddah.

Following the intensive development process, teams will have the opportunity to pitch for the Red Sea Lodge Production Awards, two prizes of 100,000$, and a Premier at Red Sea Film Festival.

Additional funding opportunities for Saudi and Arab films will be available. More information to be provided soon. Keep an eye out on our social media for more info

Following the program, teams will have a fully developed project including a log line, synopsis, treatment and script, plus budget, director’s statement, producer’s note, production and post-production schedule, financing strategy, financing plan, and a pre-recorded pitch.

Each team will understand the process of project development and will be equipped with the necessary skills to fully realize this and future projects. With the confidence to work effectively in the international marketplace, it provides Arab filmmakers with the insight to move their careers to the next level and get their films made.

A maximum of 12 project teams will be selected, at least 6 of which will be Saudi, with the remainder from across the Arab world. A project qualifies as a Saudi project if it has a Saudi director, telling a Saudi story, and will be shot entirely or partly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Deadline for applications is Saturday, 27 February 2021, at 11:59p KSA time

Full terms, conditions, and application requirements are outlined below. For further information contact: info@redseafilmfest.com

Who Can Apply?

    1. a writer-director and producer or
    2. director, writer, and producer

What kind of film project?

The Program:

The selected 12 project teams will attend five workshops, four taking place online, one taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:


Workshop One | Project Development Part I – An introduction to the programme, the tutors and project teams. Exploring dramatic potential of the projects; an overview of the role and business of the producer.

When? Saturday, 3 April to Saturday, 10 April (Friday off)

Where? Online

Following the completion of this workshop participants will be given assignments to continue developing their projects for a deadline of Thursday 20th May


Workshop Two | Project Development Part II - Feedback on updated project documents and introduction to the fundamentals of being a producer.

When? Saturday, 5 June to Thursday, 10 June

Where? Online

Following the workshop participants will continue to work on their treatments/scripts and production documents for a deadline in early July


Workshop Three | Visualization – taking the script from the page to the screen working with film professionals including directors and cinematographers to understand how to visually realize the script.  Producing programme and script development work continues

When? Thursday, 8 July to Tuesday, 13 July (Friday off)

Where? Online

Participants  continue to work on the scripts, production documents and materials for the Red Sea Film Festival Catalogue for September 1st deadline.


Workshop Four | Production and Post-Production, participants have the opportunity of to discuss their projects with editors, sound-designers, and post-production specialists. Producing programme and script development work continues

When? Sunday,12 September to Thursday,16 September

Where? Online

Following this session participants will have the opportunity to update their script and Project Dossier to submit them for Award consideration. Deadline 22nd September


Workshop Five | Festival preparation, getting ready for pitching and meeting industry professionals before launching your project at the Red Sea Souk

When? TBC depending on the confirmed dates of the Red Sea International Film Festival

Where? Jeddah, KSA



Acknowledgement & Credits:

1. Projects that are developed at the Red Sea Lodge:

2.Projects that win the Red Sea Lodge award and cash prize, or if they win any awards from the Red Sea Lodge’s Partners:

Documentation required to apply to the Red Sea Lodge - to be presented in English, if documents are written in Arabic, a translated copy to English should be submitted alongside the original one. If your script is written in Arabic, submit it as is, however, you might be asked to translate it or a part of it in a later stage.