Submissions are now closed

Selected Projects have been Announced

Committed to a new wave in Arab cinema, the Red Sea Lodge is shaped by the Foundation’s artist-forward philosophy. Through training and mentorship, the initiative equips this generation and the next with the skills and determination for their bold new approaches. Supporting artistic and creative development, as well as production and promotion strategies, the intensive lab, with its final two awards of $500,000 each, is open to talent from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world.

The Lodge aims to be a friend to filmmakers – forging close connections that will strengthen their voices and keep them true to their vision. The Lodge represents a cornerstone for the wealth of emerging artistic voices from Saudi and the Arab world – and aims to unite a community that promotes and strengthens film culture.

In collaboration with the TorinoFilmLab, the Lodge hand-picked twelve emerging filmmakers, pairing each with an experienced mentor to support and enhance their work throughout the creative process. Designed for projects at any stage of development, the comprehensive program is for directors and producers, with scriptwriters if on board, to hone and further all aspects of their vision.

Every stage of filmmaking will be explored, from script consultations to work with experts in the fields of directing, cinematography and sound, through to post-production as well as a commercial focus on financing, sales, and audience engagement. Structured around diverse, stimulating exchanges with colleagues and mentors, the program is designed to enrich projects through multiple approaches and perspectives.

The training and development process will culminate during the Red Sea International Film Festival, with all participants publicly presenting to an audience of international producers, sales agents, and other film industry professionals. Further insight will be granted through one-to-one meetings with decision makers, while major visibility will be gained thanks to the Red Sea Lodge Catalog and network. All final projects will be considered for a $500,000 production prize, with the two winning projects enjoying its world premiere at the Red Sea International Film Festival 2021.

The program is designed for directors on their first or second feature; more established names with truly daring new ideas and concepts will be considered.

Contact jumana.zahid[at] or submissions[at] for Red Sea Lodge inquiries.