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The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation is the first Saudi, independent, nonprofit organization with an official mandate to promote film culture. The Foundation champions the Kingdom’s growing cinema and cultural scene by nurturing audience engagement, supporting filmmakers, and strengthening the film industry.

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The Red Sea Film Festival

The Community Relief Fund

Aims to help freelance Saudi filmmakers who have sustained a financial loss resulting from cancelled/postponed gigs or opportunity directly related to the Coronavirus COVID-19 precautionary measures. The size of the fund is SAR200,000.

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Tap into a dynamic Arab Film Market at the Red Sea Souk. Taking as part of the Kingdom's first-ever international film festival. The Souk includes year-round MasterClasses, workshops, major production grants, exhibition areas, film markets, and more.

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The Red Sea Lodge is a six-month development program open to talent from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world. The training and mentorship program equips this generation and the next with the skills and determination to realize bold new work. Two grants of $500,000 each will be awarded at the end of the program, ensuring brand new work to screen at future Festivals.

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Encounter the best of international and Arab cinema, experimental projects, immersive AR and VR experiences, classics, and retrospective titles. There's something for everyone, from blockbusters to independent works that push narrative forms and explore the world's complexities in innovative and surprising ways.

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Official Poster for the Red Sea International Film Festival
Feb 10, 2020

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.

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“Changing the Script” – Red Sea International Film Festival announces theme and honors three cinematic innovators
Feb 11, 2020

“Changing the Script” – Red Sea International Film Festival announces theme and honors three cinematic innovators

The Festival announced the honoring of three creators of change and innovation in their countries, who made great contributions to the world of film. They are Jack Lang, former French Minister of Culture, Kim Dong-ho, founder of South Korea’s Busan Film Festival, and Daniela Michel, founding director of the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.

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Screening for the first time


Discover astonishing VR experimentation transforming Jeddah Old Town beyond recognition. Step into site-specific installations that exist somewhere between film and contemporary art, reality and fiction. Commissions from digital, VR and AR artists, including powerful sound installations, and holographic experiences.

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A world-renowned jury will award cash prizes across categories, including screenwriting, acting, and directing. The Yusr takes its name from the distinctive black coral formations found in the Red Sea, along the coast of Jeddah's Old Town. Each award a unique sculpture designed by an artist, selected each year through an international competition.

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As part of the Red Sea Souk, hear from the best through masterclasses, including talks and question and answer sessions. Open to anyone interested in the film and entertainment industry, from cinema lovers and students of film to aspiring and professional directors, actors or artists, the series hosts the industry’s leaders, from across the Arab world and internationally.

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