RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDATION
Championing film culture in Saudi Arabia and across the Arab region, with programs for film lovers, filmmakers, and industry:
The annual Red Sea International Film Festival, an international celebration of cinema in the medieval coral-build labyrinth of Jeddah Old Town.
Year-long grants, mentoring, and education programs for filmmakers through the Red Sea Lodge.
Industry programs supporting new works through funds, and connecting Saudi to the world. through the Red Sea Souk.
The Festival was established in 2018 by the Kingdom’s first Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Farhan Al Saud, under the leadership of director and producer Mahmoud Sabbagh, a pioneer of independent film in Saudi Arabia. The Festival team includes leading Saudi and international programmers, curators, directors, and thinkers.
Cinema in Saudi has exciting new energy – this creative spark is our catalyst. Located in Jeddah Old Town, an ancient crossroad of cultures, our work reflects the world we share today. Dedicated to inclusivity, the Foundation believes film connects the past and the future, bringing together inspiring and vital perspectives from across Saudi, the Arab region, and the world.
RED SEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Red Sea International Film Festival lives in Jeddah Old Town, an ancient labyrinth of coral-built architecture on the Saudi Arabian coast. Taking place annually each March, the Festival embraces the resurgent creative energy of the city, the Kingdom, and the Arab region, presenting programs for film lovers, filmmakers, and industry.
With public cinemas open after a 40-year hiatus, the Festival is the new destination for Arab and international film. Long a vibrant port city, Jeddah is a trading hub of ideas: our culture is rooted in Saudi Arabia, yet expansively open to the world.
Find the unexpected amid a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where delicate buildings house ancient myths and fascinating histories. Our programs are lively, diverse and designed around our audiences. There's something for everyone – from local creatives, film lovers and families, to international industry seeking the inside track on this new market. Discover daring new voices from Saudi and the Arab world alongside pioneering global icons; engage and learn with a packed program of market initiatives; encounter live music; step into breathtaking immersive VR and AR installations – be entertained and be inspired.