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Red Sea International Film Festival


The third edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) will run in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from November 30 till December 9, 2023.
The inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival took 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.

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.


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NEOM extends support to RSIFF becoming major sponsor of Principal Sponsor of the Festival and Red Sea Souk

  The Film AlUla Audience Award and Film AlUla Best Saudi Film Award are designed to recognize and empower new filmmaking talents in the region The Red Sea Film Foundation today announced NEOM will be the Principal Sponsor of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF), ahead of the event’s third edition beginning on 30 November in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The partnership, which includes the powering of key components of the festival including the Red Sea Souk and Tale...

Red Sea: New Vision strand and Red Sea: Series announced

The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) has now announced the Red Sea: New Vision strand, bringing to the Festival a unique selection of creative direction from Arab and world cinema. Exciting new voices from the small screen are also represented with four new international television shows to preview in Red Sea: Series.  The festival will also showcase a selection of films with Families and Children in mind, to excite the filmmakers and audienc...

The Arab Spectacular strand and the prestigious Red Sea: Competition strands now unveiled

The Arab Spectacular strand and the prestigious Red Sea: Competition strands now unveiled as part of the third edition of the Red Sea IFF   The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) has announced details of this year’s selection of films from Saudi Arabia, alongside the Arab Spectacular and Red Sea: Competition features strands. Collectively, these strands will showcase the rich and varied work by established and new filmmakers from the region, including documentaries ...

The third edition selection of the Red Sea International Film Festival Shorts Competition

The third edition selection of the Red Sea International Film Festival Shorts Competition presents a kaleidoscope of international filmmakers’ work   The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) has selected an impressive programme of short films from African and Asian filmmakers operating across the globe as part of the Red Sea: Shorts Competition strand. With the third edition of the festival taking place from 30 November to 9 December in Jeddah, this selection of short...

Ferrari, the new biopic from Michael Mann will close the Red Sea Festival 2023

The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) has announced that this year’s Closing Night Gala will be Ferrari, the new biopic from maestro Michael Mann and starring Adam Driver, Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley and Patrick Dempsey, as well as unveiling the International Spectacular line-up for its third edition, which selects cinema from around the globe and features celebrated auteurs and international filmmaking icons. This section showcases some of the mos...

RSIFF will open with HWJN (2023), directed by Yasir Al Yasiri

The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) is delighted to reveal the World Premiere of HWJN (2023), directed by Yasir Al Yasiri as the Opening Night Gala of 2023. Adapted from the best-selling Young Adult fantasy novel by Ibraheem Abbas, HWJN combines Arabian folklore elements of fantasy, blended with modern themes that is sure to enthrall both regional and international audiences. A co-production from Image Nation Abu Dhabi, MBC Studios and VOX Studio...

RSIFF Festival Favorites and Red Sea: Treasures strands announced

As further details of the Film Festival’s third edition are unveiled, hotly anticipated new titles are set to screen alongside classic cinema from across the globe, 30 November to 9 December   Tickets to all screenings will be on sale from Sunday November 12 at 12 PM   The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) has now revealed the details of both this year’s Festival Favorites and Red Sea: Treasures strands, bringing together some of the best films made i...

Program of the Red Sea Souk Market which will run from 2-5 December

Full details and project titles now confirmed for the Red Sea Souk Project Market, Work-in-Progress, 360° industry events, Networking Sessions and Talent Days, spanning the 2 – 7 December 2023     The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) has revealed full details of the projects selected as part of this year’s Red Sea Souk Market which will run from 2-5 December, highlighting the diverse range of talent representing the MENA region’s bold n...

The Red Sea Film Foundation hosts the first Bloomberg Screentime Summit

The Red Sea Film Foundation has partnered with leading news outlet Bloomberg to support its prestigious live media event ‘Bloomberg Screentime’ – a two-day summit covering the intersection of Hollywood and Silicone Valley with Bloomberg’s award-winning journalists gathering moguls, celebrities, and entrepreneurs already defining the next phase of pop culture.     Bloomberg Screentime is hosting defining figures of popular culture – including Issa ...

Baz Luhrmann (Elvis, Moulin Rouge!) will preside over the Festival’s Red Sea: Features Competition Jury this year

  Baz Lurhmann, Photo credit Hugh Stewart   The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF), today announced internationally renowned writer, director and producer Baz Luhrmann (Elvis, Moulin Rouge!) will preside over the Festival’s Red Sea: Features Competition Jury this year. The third edition of the festival will take place from 30 November – 9 December in Jeddah, nestled on the eastern shore of the Red Sea.   The legendary Academy Award® nominated au...

Red Sea Fund Cycle 4 for Post-Production is Now Open

Calling Submissions Is Your Film in the Post-Production Phase and Needs Funding? The Red Sea Fund Has You Covered. Accepting applications from August 6 to August 21, 2023. The third edition of the Red Sea Fund is happy to announce the launch of Cycle 4 for the year 2023, dedicated to film projects in post-production. The Fund will be accepting submissions from Saudi, Arab, and African filmmakers, across a wide range of genres. Apply now and unlock new opportunities for your film. For mo...

Red Sea Souk Call for Project Market & WIP Showcase ends August 18

  RED SEA SOUK CALL FOR PROJECT MARKET AND WIP SHOWCASE IS OPEN  APPLY HERE Deadline for Applications: August 18, 2023   The Red Sea Souk will take place at the Ritz Carlton in Jeddah, December 2—5 alongside the Red Sea International Film Festival. The Call is reserved solely for projects and films by directors of Arab or African nationality/origin. The Project Market will present a selection of ten to twelve projects in development or in production. The WIP Showcase w...

Film AlUla joins as Strategic Partner for 3rd Cycle of Red Sea Fund Grants

  The Red Sea Fund has partnered with Film AlUla to offer a production grant for filmmakers with projects set in the versatile and diverse landscape of AlUla. Film AlUla is driving the development of the film and TV industry in AlUla, located in northwest Arabia, and committed to championing talent from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The partnership will help develop a strong ecosystem in Saudi while providing a platform that empowers a visionary approach amongst regiona...

Red Sea Souk Call for Project Market & WIP Showcase

RED SEA SOUK CALL FOR PROJECT MARKET AND WIP SHOWCASE IS OPEN  APPLY HERE Deadline for Applications: August 18, 2023   The Red Sea Souk will take place at the Ritz Carlton in Jeddah, December 2—5 alongside the Red Sea International Film Festival. The Call is reserved solely for projects and films by directors of Arab or African nationality/origin. The Project Market will present a selection of ten to twelve projects in development or in production. The WIP Showcase will pr...

"Queen of Arab Pop" Nancy Ajram in concert at RSIFF 22

Electric concert at the closing after party at Ritz Carlton Gardens following the Awards Ceremony of the Red Sea Festival in Jeddah! Filmfestivals.com was there, on the first row , with many mesmerised fans watch the video!     Nancy Nabil Ajram (Arabic: نانسي نبيل عجرم, Lebanese Arabic pronunciation: [næːnsiː ʕæʒræm] born May 16, 1983) is a Lebanese singer, television personality and businesswo...

The Red Sea Lodge 4th Edition : Apply Now

THE RED SEA LABS OPENS SUBMISSION TO THE 4th EDITION OF THE LODGE After three successful editions, Red Sea Lodge returns as part of the Red Sea LABS in 2023. The Red Sea LABS is a platform for filmmakers, writers and industry professionals, offering various programs to help them realize their vision and projects from inception to production. The Lodge, an integral part of the Red Sea LABS, is a 10-months residency intensive creative and professional program in partnership with the TorinoFilm...

Academy Award winning and internationally renowned actor and filmmaker Jackie Chan awarded on Closing RSIFF Ceremony

The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), closed by honouring Academy Award winning and internationally renowned actor and filmmaker Jackie Chan for his unparalleled talents and contribution to the film industry, paving the way as a legendary actor, director, producer and stuntman.   Mohammed Al Turki; CEO of the RedSeaIFF said: “We are thrilled to close the second edition on a high by honoring Jackie Chan, a true pioneer, and legend. His extraordi...

AlShimaisi Films, Telfaz11 & Muvi Studio’s Saudi Action-Comedy “Sattar” set for KSA Release via Front Row Arabia on December 29

  The highly-anticipated Saudi Action-Comedy “Sattar'' is set for a wide theatrical launch in Saudi Arabia on December 29 via Front Row Arabia, a joint-venture between MENA distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment and Saudi Arabia’s leading home-grown exhibitor, Muvi Cinemas. The film is produced by prominent Saudi powerhouse Tefaz11’s newly launched production arm, AlShimaisi Films, as well as Muvi Studios. The companies dropped the film’s first full t...

RSIFF22 it's a wrap: we have winners!

Check our festival coverage from Jeddah for the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival Watch some of our videos on our youtube channel. --------------------------------------- BREAKING NEWS : WINNERS ANNOUNCED   VIDEO: Winners of the Red Sea competition sections Actor Jackie Chan poses with the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) CEO Mohammed al-Turki and chairwoman Jomana al-Rashid on the Red Carpet during the closing ceremo...

The Chopard Young Rising Star awarded to Sara Taibah at RSIFF 22

Chopard official partner to the Red Sea International Film Festival crafted the ‘Young Rising Star Award’ to be given to Sara Taibah  Already very involved in the world of cinema, Chopard is proud to demonstrate its love of the seventh art by being official partner of the Red Sea International Film Festival, currently being held in Jeddah from December 1st to 10th. Together with Vanity Fair, Chopard along with partner Attar United, co-hosted the Women in...

VIDEO: Winners of the Red Sea competition sections

Actor Jackie Chan poses with the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) CEO Mohammed al-Turki and chairwoman Jomana al-Rashid on the Red Carpet during the closing ceremony of the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF), in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on December 8, 2022.    The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), taking place from 1-10 December 2022, today announced the winners of the Red Sea competition section...

GQ Gala at the Park Hyatt, Jeddah to celebrate art, culture and film during RSIFF 22

The Red Sea International Film Festival and GQ Magazine came together to host the first GQ Gala at the Park Hyatt, Jeddah to celebrate art, culture and film alongside the second edition of the RSIFF, which over the last 8 days has welcomed the global film community to showcase the very best of cinema on Saudi screens.    Mohammed Al Turki; CEO of the RedSeaIFF added: “We are delighted to be partner with GQ who are a long-standing supporter of art, creativity, fashion and film...

Day 7 at Red Sea Fest: and closing ceremony with Valley Road

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH PRESS JUNKETS THE NEXT SOHEE Press Junket - 10:30 - 11:00 - Ritz Carlton Publicity Office  JACKIE STEWART Press Junket -  10:30 - 11:00 - Ritz Carlton Publicity Office  VALLEY ROAD Press Junket - 13:30 - 15:30 - Ritz Carlton Publicity Office  NEZOUH Press Junket - 13:30 - 15:30 - Ritz Carlton Publicity Office  A SUMMER IN BOUJAD Press Junket - 13:30 - 15:30 - Ritz Carlton Publicity Office    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH PRESS SCREENING...

Day 6 at Red Sea Fest: In-Conversation with Ranbir Kapoor

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YOUR DAILY HIGHLIGHTS    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7TH: Families & Children  - PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH (16:45 - Red Sea Gala Theatre)  International Spectacular - EMPIRE OF LIGHT (19:30 - Red Sea Gala Theatre) International Spectacular - BROKER  (22:30 - Red Sea Gala Theatre) Red Sea Competition - NEXT SOHEE (16:15 - Red Sea Cinema)  Red Sea Competition - NEZOUH (19:45 - Red Sea Cinema)  Red Sea Competition - A SUMMER IN BOUJAD (22:45 - Red Sea Cinema...

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