Red Sea International Film Festival & its Projects

The Red Sea International Film Festival has added a lot of value to the film industry in KSA and it still is, with its efforts creating a boom in Saudi. Here are some of its projects.


The Second Edition of the Short Film Competition

Created to support upcoming artists ages 18-25, the challenge that was announced earlier this year in June has received 103 applications with an opportunity of having two days of mentorship including a production workshop by the Saudi producer and director Ayman Khoja, Mehdi Barsaoui, a filmmaking workshop led by Tunisian filmmaker, the cinematography workshop led by acclaimed Lebanese cinematographer Muriel Aboulrouss, and the scriptwriting workshop is led by the Greek screenwriter, Stavros Raptis.

And now, the Consulate General of France, Alliance française, and the Red Sea International Film Festival are announcing the winners! The 48-hour Short Film Competition second edition was in collaboration with The Alliance Française of Saudi Arabia, The Consulate General of France in Jeddah, VOX cinemas, and the Red Sea International Film Festival.

The 48-hour process consisted of writing, shooting, and editing each film from scratch. The jury included the head of the jury and award-winning actor Dhafer L’Abdine, renowned filmmaker and journalist, Wael Abu Mansour, and the French filmmaker and founder of cinema school Cinefrabrique, Claude Mourieras.

From the 14 finalists, two winners were chosen to be honored for their hard work and devotion! The first winner was Bright Frame which was led by Khaled Zidan who along with his teammates Abdulaziz Alissa and Khalid Basoudan produced ‘The Child in His Own Closet’. Led by Tala Alharbi, Night Owls is the second winner. Producing ‘When Red Blooms’ with Lujain Sallam, Nathali Sarraj, Raghdah Baharith, and Madhavi Alyahya, we congratulate Tala Alharbi. A round of applause to our proud winners!

These films will be displayed at the awards event that will be hosted by VOX cinemas on September 29th where the winners will be presented 48Hr Film Challenge trophies designed by the artist Rabi Alakhras. The leaders of each winning team will be invited to indulge in a tailored educational residency program with renowned French cinematographers during 2023 to benefit from sessions with professionals and experts.

The Red Sea International Film Festival celebrates the women in the Arab industry

The Red Sea International Film Festival and Vanity Fair joined forces to honor the skills of six of our female talents on and behind cameras by hosting a gala event with the 79th Venice International Film Festival at the Palazzo Rocca. The gala celebrated the acclaimed filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour where she expressed her many thanks to the Red Sea International Film Festival and Vanity Fair.

The women honored were Haifaa al-Mansour, award-winning actress and filmmaker Ahd Kamel, and an exciting one to watch, Sumaya Rida. Oscar nominee Kaouther Ben Hania, British-Lebanese actress Razane Jammal, and actress Hend Sabry joined them.

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