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The inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival will take place from December 6 -15, 2021 with live dailies on filmfestivals.com.

The Red Sea International Film Festival brings the best in Arab and World Cinema to Jeddah Old Town. The Festival showcases exciting new films on the Saudi big-screen, alongside retrospective programs celebrating the masters of cinema, the latest Saudi films, and feature and short film competitions. There are also industry events and workshops nurturing the next generation of talent.


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Giuseppe Tornatore will preside over the Jury for the Festival’s inaugural Red Sea: Features Competition

Academy Award-winning director and writer Giuseppe Tornatore will preside over the Jury for the Festival’s inaugural Red Sea: Features Competition   The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), which will have its inaugural edition from 6-15 December, today announced the jury selections for its Red Sea: Features and the Red Sea: Shorts Competitions.    Academy Award-winning Italian director and writer Giuseppe Tornatore will preside over the Festival&...

Red Sea: Immersive features a selection of the latest leading Virtual Reality (VR) storytelling and art projects

Red Sea: Immersive features a selection of the latest leading Virtual Reality (VR) storytelling and art projects in and out of competition from award-winning international artists and directors, with the all-female competition jury lead by American avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson. Film Stills: Goliath, Reeducated, Kusunda Red Sea: Immersive, the exciting programming strand of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), today announced its 21-strong programme of virtual reali...

RedSeaIFF Announce International Spectacular Section

The International Spectacular is a curated collection of some of the year’s most powerful stories from iconic, award-winning international filmmaking voices. All eight films in this section will be Arab premieres, showcasing the very best of international cinema to the Arab world. PHOTOS: Belfast, The Good Boss; You Resemble Me, The Lost Daughter The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) which will take place from 6-15 December, today announced the line-up...

Next Generation section line up at Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF)

The Red Sea: Next Generation section will celebrate extraordinary films for younger audiences, amongst a wider program of activities and events for young people The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), which will have its inaugural edition from 6-15 December, is today announcing the five feature films and selection of shorts that will comprise the Red Sea: Next Generation section. Red Sea: Next Generation celebrates the most exciting releases for younger audiences, shining a s...

The Red Sea International Film Festival revealed it's full line up

  Lineup includes 138 standout, original and compelling films from 67 countries alongside a wave of Saudi films from talent shaping the Kingdom’s filmmaking culture The First Edition will open with Cyrano directed by Joe Wright and close with Bara El Manhag directed by Amr Salama The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) in partnership with VOX Cinemas, MBC GROUP and Saudia Airlines  unveiled the programme for its first edition, which will run from 6-15 December i...

The Red SeaFesdt will open with Cyrano directed by Joe Wright and close with Bara El Manhag directed by Amr Salama

Lineup includes 138 standout, original and compelling films from 67 countries alongside a wave of Saudi films from talent shaping the Kingdom’s filmmaking culture The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) in partnership with VOX, the MBC GROUP and Saudia Airlines, today unveiled the programme for its first edition, which will run from 6-15 December in Jeddah’s UNESCO World Heritage Site old-town (Al Balad), nestled on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. The Festival will welcome...

16 films competing in the Red Sea Competition

Soula  directorial debut feature film from Salah Issaad: world premiering at RSIFF    The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), today announced the 16-strong lineup of films competing in the Red Sea Competition, selected to celebrate the very best in filmmaking from both established and emerging filmmakers from across the world.  These outstanding films will compete for the Golden Yusr Award, as well as in individual directing, acting and writin...

18 short films of which 8 are directed by female filmmakers will screen in the Red Sea Festival’s inaugural Short Competition

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), which will have its inaugural edition from 6-15 December, is today announcing the 18 films of which 8 are directed by female filmmakers that will screen in the Red Sea: Short Competition. The Short Competition celebrates the best contemporary short filmmaking from Arab storytellers. The slate showcases the most diverse and innovative stories coming from the region, with the competition highlighting films from student directors, first-time f...

Red Sea International Film Festival announces New Saudi/New Cinema: Features

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) which will run 6-15 December, today announced the brand new and distinctive films from Saudi filmmaker’s films making up its New Saudi/New Cinema: Features slate.   The program will showcase the world premieres of the selected films from Saudi’s most exciting up-and-coming talent, looking at work from the young voices shaping the filmmaking culture of Saudi Arabia. The program is the latest selection of films t...

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) announces the first slate of films in its ‘Arab Spectacular’ strand

The first eight films announced make up the Festival’s ‘Arab Spectacular’ strand bringing compelling authentic stories from Iraq, Palestine, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco   The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) which is set to take place from 6-15 December today announced the first slate of films in its ‘Arab Spectacular’ strand. The line-up of films is part of over a 100 strong programme of the best Arab and international films w...

Eight masterpieces and classics selected in The Red Sea International Film Festival Treasures section

The Treasures selection celebrates seminal and innovative classics from the Arab world and beyond, many of which will be seen for the first time in Saudi Arabia on the big screen Pierrot le Fou, the 1965 classic from French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), which will host the first edition from 6-15 December, today announced the eight films making up its Treasures section which will be shown for the first time on the big screen. The Trea...

Red Sea International Film Festival announced the selected projects and films selected for the Red Sea Souk

Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous by Wissam Charaf (France, Lebanon, Italy), Contra by Lotfy Nathan (Tunisia, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany), Abdelinho by Hicham Ayouch (Morocco, France) The Red Sea Souk, an initiative designed to discover and connect Arab and African filmmakers from the region, will host its first edition this December 8 – 11, 2021 as part of the Red Sea International Film Festival. It will comprise a Project Market, screenings of films in-pro...

First look at the inaugural RSIFF sections

01. RED SEA: COMPETITION The competition focusses on original, daring fiction, documentary or animated productions by emerging and established voices, which fit the overarching theme of the festival. These outstanding features from around the world, compete for the Golden Yusr Award, as well as prizes for directing, screenwriting, acting and other categories. A jury of world-renowned filmmakers and film professionals will award cinematic work that p...

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation has announced the $10 million Red Sea Fund

The $10 million fund will support projects with directors from the Arab World and Africa, launching a new generation of filmmakers and supporting established auteurs as they bring their work from script to screen.   The fund will back more than 100 projects in its first year, creating a game-changing boost for filmmakers from Africa and the Arab world by supporting fiction, documentary and animation feature films, as well as episodic content. Additionally, Saudi nationals will be able t...

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