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Red Sea Film Festival Unveils ‘New Saudi, New Cinema: Shorts’ Program

Red Sea Film Festival Unveils ‘New Saudi, New Cinema: Shorts’ Program

In celebration of Saudi Arabia’s 93rd National Day, the Red Sea International Film Festival has revealed its lineup for the “New Saudi, New Cinema: Shorts” program.


This initiative shows Saudi cinema’s growth over the past five years, highlighting their cinematic talent. The 19 films selected, ranging from 5 to 44 minutes in length, consist of topics, including social change and personal struggles. Led by Saudi filmmakers, most of the films were produced or shot within the Kingdom. This program aligns with the festival’s mission to support and promote Saudi filmmakers

Red Sea Film Festival Unveils 'New Saudi, New Cinema: Shorts' Program

The Red Sea Film Foundation, committed to nurturing Saudi filmmaking talent, views this program as a vital step in inspiring aspiring filmmakers. Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the Red Sea Film Foundation, emphasized the program’s role in empowering the dreamers of today to become the filmmakers of tomorrow.

By curating a diverse program representing all regions of the Kingdom, the festival aims to celebrate the unique stories, emerging voices, and innovative cinematography of Saudi youth.

The selected short films, entirely created by Saudi teams, promise to captivate audiences. From documentaries like “KHALED AL SHEIKH BETWEEN TWO FIRES, ART AND POLITICS” and “THE LAST WINTER” to narratives like “DETOUR” and “FISHBOWL,” these films promise to reveal the Kingdom’s rich storytelling potential.

The Red Sea Film Foundation has consistently supported Saudi filmmakers who have achieved international acclaim. The “New Saudi, New Cinema: Shorts” program serves as another platform for local talent to showcase their work to a global audience. By encouraging and promoting cinematic dreams, the foundation contributes to the growth of Saudi Arabia’s film industry.

These films, which include different narratives and documentaries, are sure to offer a fresh perspective on Saudi Arabia’s rich cultural tapestry and the extraordinary stories of its people.


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