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Red Sea International Film Festival

The inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival took place from December 6 -15, 2021 with live dailies on

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.

In ‘Celebration of Women in Cinema’, the Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), hosted a gala event this evening at the 75th Cannes International Film Festival on the grounds of the magnificent Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes.


The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will run in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from December 1-10, 2022.


Red Sea International Film Festival final day December 13 in focus

Fatima Al-Bawami Photo RSIFF / GETTYImages

Final huge day of screenings of fabulous films, with a couple we have been saving for last and lots of chances to catch up on ones you have missed. There is also a  special celebratory screening of Elephant God, one of Indian director Satyajit Ray’s greatest masterpieces. 


Yes, the prizes are handed out today december 13 and the official part of the festival draws to a close. But it’s not over yet!!! There are still two more days of repeat screenings and immersive experiences for the public to enjoy. Check the festival website for times, venues and tickets for screenings on Tuesday and Wednesday.


The VERY LAST FILM of the festival will be the much-anticipated Hindi film ’83, screening as a gala on Wednesday night at 21.00, about the Indian cricket team’s victory over the “unbeatable” West Indies that put India back on the cricketing map. This will be a super-special event, especially – but not only! – for lovers of the gentleman’s game. Again, check the website for more information, details of the screening and ticket purchase. Now, back to today…


Talent Days

 Carnaval City w/ Wael Abu Mansour

10:00 – 12:00

VENUE: Souk Cinema



Red Sea Competition Awards


Award Ceremony

17:00 – 18:00

Red Sea Gala Theatre

Vox cinemas Al Balad


In a glittering ceremony, the heads of our three competition juries – Giuseppe Tornatore, Marwan Hamad and Laurie Anderson - will announce the winners of the Red Sea, New Saudi Cinema and Immersive competitions. The prizes are substantial as well as prestigious: the Golden Yusr for best feature in the Red Sea competition comes with US$100,000, with best director receiving US$30,000 and an additional award of a jury prize of US $20,000. Many of the film-makers will be present. Don’t forget to vote for the Audience Award, which can go to a film in any of the sections showing new work! Your favourite film-maker is relying on you!



Closing night gala


Bara Al Manha

20.30 – 22.35

Red Sea Gala Theatre

Vox cinemas Al Balad


World premiere of Egyptian film-maker Amr Manaha’s comedy-drama, an Arabic-language film for the whole family. School misfit Nour, an orphan of 13 with poor eyesight and a bad habit of lying, ventures into a supposedly haunted house to impress his classmates. What he finds there will change his life. 



Red Sea Treasure: Satyajit Ray


Elephant God

21.00 – 10.57

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 4


A true detective is never on holiday. In one of the great Indian director’s most popular films, detective Felu goes to Benares to take the waters and finds himself embroiled in a search for a stolen statue of Ganesh.


New Saudi/New Cinema


NourShams and My Vibe

15.30 – 17.01

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 1


When cinema comes to Jeddah, the lives of three teenagers are transformed. World premiere of Faizah Ambah’s documentary..



International Spectacular



18.15 – 19.58

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 1


Kenneth Branagh’s own childhood provides the raw material for this surprisingly lovely and light-hearted - but powerful - story of living with the Northern Irish Troubles in the ‘60s.





18.15 – 19.30

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 3


Playful, award-winning Finnish comedy about an executive woman who has a different man for every night of the week – until she meets a man who isn’t prepared to fit in.



All sections: repeat screenings


Rehana Maryam Moor


Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 3


From Bangladesh, director Abdullah Mohammad Saad comes with an edge-of-your-seat drama about a medical professor determined to expose a male colleague’s abuse of students.



12.00- 13.49

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 2


Radu Muntean’s comic account of three squabbling aid workers in remote Romania who meet their match in a crafty elderly local.


The Exam

12.15 – 13.49

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 1


Rojan, a schoolgirl in Iraqi Kurdistan, must pass her exams or be forced into marriage; her older sister resolves to help her. By Shawkat Amin Korki.


Take me to the Cinema

15.00- 16.20

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 4


Documentary-maker Albaqer Jaafar follows former Iraqi soldier Nassif, whose obsessive search for his pre-war favourite movie - Papillon, with Steve McQueen – shields him from what Baghdad has become. 



15.15 – 16.50

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 3


Struck down by a pandemic that causes total amnesia, an anonymous man is consigned to a recovery programme where he has to construct new memories from an invented life. Greek director Christos Nikou’s dark fantasy is surreal and utterly beguiling.



17.45 – 19.44

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 4


In an isolated, shadowy house, the dutiful Albert takes care of a little girl with very strange teeth. Visionary director Lucile Hadzihalilovic takes us into the dark unknown.



A Tale of Love and Desire


Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 2


Farah, a young Parisian of Algerian origin, introduces Tunisian immigrant Ahmed to a sensuous Arab literature he never imagined existed. Leyla Bouzid delves into themes of love, fear and exile.



A Hero

21.15 -23.27

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 1



Iranian multiple Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi shows a small scam become a huge confidence trick, when a hapless thief is turned overnight into an internet hero.



Broken Keys

21.30 – 23.25

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 3


A young Syrian musician tries to sell his precious piano to finance his escape to Europe, but the plan is almost foiled when Islamic State find the instrument and try to destroy it.




21.45 – 23.20

Vox cinemas,

Al Balad 2



Maan Bin Abdulrahmane’s adventure-horror follows a Saudi Arabian would-be vlogger who travels to Southern California in search of paranormal activity – and finds it.



Red Sea: Immersive


Our journey into current VR film-making continues at Hayy Jameel.

One-hour slots available at 11, 1215, 1330, 1515, 1630, 1745, 1930, 2045 and 2200.


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