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Red Sea International Film Festival

The inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival will take 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.



Today’s Talks

Akshay Kumar In Conversation

14.30 to 15.30

Vox Cinemas Al Balad 2


The hugely popular actor, film producer, martial artist and television personality – and the only Bollywood actor to make it on to the Forbes rich list – shares his inspiring story.

He shared a few words on the red carpet earlier, on opening night.



16.00 to 17.35

Vox Cinema Al Balad 1


Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux brings passion and humour to his commentary on this astonishing collection of short films by cinema’s early pioneers, the Lumiere Brothers.



Watch the film - and meet the team behind it



 Red Sea: Competition


Huda’s Salon 


Gala Theatre by Vox Cinemas


For two Palestinian women, a simple visit to the local hairdresser’s leads to blackmail, kidnapping and interrogation. With director Hany Abu-Assad.




Pierrot le Fou


Vox Cinemas Al Balad 2


Introduced by Cannes head Thierry Fremaux. New Wave visionary Jean-Luc Godard Godard’s 1965 masterpiece is a road movie with elements of musical comedy, film noir and flamboyant melodrama.



International Spectacular




 Vox Cinemas Al Balad 1


Yamina Benguigui presents her story of three French-Algerian sisters who go back to Algiers as their father is dying to try to find their long-lost brother.


Festival Favourites


Ted K


 Vox Cinemas. Al Balad 2 1815


Sharlto Copley gives an extraordinary performance as the killer known as the Unabomber, living as a hermit before his arrest in Tony Stone’s drama.  


The Gravedigger’s Wife


VOX Cinemas Al Balad 3

Somalian director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed presents his film about a poor Djibouti gravedigger trying to scrape together money for an operation to save his beloved wife’s life.



The Stranger


VOX Cinemas Al Balad 2


Palestinian director Ameer Fakher Eldin brings his story of an unlicensed doctor working in the Golan Heights who has his life changed when he meets a man wounded in the war in Syria.





Brighton 4th

21: 45

VOX Cinemas Al Balad 3


Georgian director Levan Koguashvili presents his triple-winner at Tribeca Festival, in which a father comes to the US to try to sort out his gambling-addicted son.  


Rehana Maryam Moor


VOX Cinemas Al Balad 1


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.


Arab Spectacular


Beirut Hold’em


VOX Cinemas Al Balad 4


Michel Kammoun presents his story of a Lebanese ex-con who sees his future opening an amusement arcade – if only he can get the money together.




Hell’s Gate




Set in Beirut in 2052, where a band of revolutionaries is working to overthrown an authoritarian regime, this is the Arab world’s first sci-fi series. Presented by director Amin Dora.



Other Films Screening 



International Spectacular


Official Competition


Gala Theatre by Vox Cinemas


Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz enjoy making fun of movie making and its pretensions in this satirical romp about a Spanish tycoon who decides to make a film as his cultural legacy.



Red Sea Immersive 


Starts today at Hayy Jameel, Arwa bint Abdulmutalib St, Al Muhammadiyah: Jeddah’s new dedicated home for the arts! Continuing every day after that from 11.00 to 23.15 (except Friday, when it opens from 14.00 to 00.30) until December 15th.


What’s it all about? Put on a VR headset and become a character inside a cinematic world. A selection of award-winning immersive works with something for everyone: immersive documentaries, crazy animations, interactive narratives and new ways to look at art, with settings ranging from miraculous renderings of the real world to places and spaces you could never have imagined. Bookings online for one-hour slots. BUY NOW




While you’re visiting Red Sea: Immersive at Jeddah’s new arts hub, Hayy Jameel! you can also check out the following exhibitions.


Staple: What’s On your Plate?


Curated by Arahul Gudipudi and Dani Burrows 


Illuminate: A Noor Riyadh Capsule


Touring and adapted from the inaugural 2021 festival organised by Riyadh Art 


Paused Mirror: The Saudi Artists


A new commission by Osama Esid 


Hayy Jameel Façade Commission


Awarded to Nasser Almulhim with Tamara Kalo 


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