Jeddah – The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) will open for applications for its first edition, which will take place from November 11 to 20, 2021. Filmmakers from Asia and Africa, including the Arab world, are invited to submit films from May 18 to August 18, 2021.
Established names and emerging filmmakers of Arab, Asian and African filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their films to the Red Sea: Competition and Red Sea: Shorts Competition. Saudi filmmakers can also apply to screen under New Saudi / New Cinema and Tajreeb.
Submissions will be viewed and selected by the Red Sea International Film Festival team alongside seven other categories. The Festival exists to support a vibrant film community and is dedicated to supporting the best of world cinema. The most exciting film event in the Arab world is set to welcome new talent from Saudi Arabia and the region, alongside the best of Asian, African and global cinema.
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Jeddah in the cosmopolitan city of the Red Sea coast, the November 2021 in-person gathering will bring together local film buffs, filmmakers and international leaders from the industry. He is looking beyond the coronavirus pandemic that postponed the Festival’s debut until March 2020.
The event provides a vital new platform to strengthen the creative ties between Saudi Arabia and the world with a program of the best of world cinema, classic and contemporary Arab cinema, as well as professional and industrial strands.
More details on the program for the Festival, which is set to become the biggest celebration of world cinema in the Arab world, have also been revealed. Eleven program sections will present contemporary international and Arab cinema, Saudi feature films, experimental shorts and films, retrospectives and forward-looking AR and VR experiences.
The films in competition will be in the running for the Yusr Awards, chosen by an international jury. The Red Sea Golden Yusr Award for Best Film in Competition will be awarded $ 100,000. Cash prizes will also be awarded to Best Director ($ 30,000), Red Sea Silver Yusr Jury Prize ($ 20,000) and Golden Yusr for Best Short Film ($ 25,000).
There will also be cash prizes for the Audience Award and Best Saudi Film. Other prizes will be awarded for Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress and Cinematographic Contribution.
Submissions are welcome via https://redseafilmfest.com/en/film-submissions/ in the following four sections:
Red Sea: Competition
Presenting works from Asia and Africa, including the Arab world, the competition promotes cinematographic forms that push the boundaries of fiction and documentary. Presenting daring productions of emerging and established voices, with generous prizes awarded by an international jury.
Red Sea: Shorts competition
Presenting works of less than 60 minutes from Asia and Africa, including the Arab world, the competition promotes cinematographic forms that push the boundaries between fiction and documentary. Presenting daring productions of emerging and established voices, with generous prizes awarded by an international jury.
New Saudi / New Cinema
An organized introduction to Saudi Arabia’s most important new filmmakers and artists. Diverse and dynamic, the voices shape the scene; from arthouse feature and short films to documentaries, these are films ready to be released on the international circuit.
Dynamic, outgoing and impressionistic, Tajreeb is an experimental film program of Saudi artists pushing the boundaries of form and content, finding new ways to tell stories.
Besides the four open categories, there are seven organized sections including:
Cinema from around the world featuring famous authors and stars from all over the world. This section will feature some of the most anticipated and discussed films of the year premiering in the Arab world.
Find the pulse of Arab creativity in this carefully curated selection of commercial and independent films, award winners and regional premieres.
Red Sea: the favorites of the festival
A vast overview of the year’s international successes – the favorites of the public and critics from the Festival circuit, and films discovered and specially selected by the Festival team.
Red Sea: Immersive future
Celebrating technological advances in cinema, from new viewing modes, immersive experiences and the latest audiovisual experiences, this section presents the best of augmented and virtual reality.
Red Sea: Treasures
A focus on the classics, including acclaimed titles from all eras and around the world. A selection of must-see gems, these are the masterpieces that have inspired generations of directors – many of which were first screened in Saudi Arabia.
Red Sea: new generation
Captivating stories for a younger audience with a big appetite for cinema, featuring leading studios, networks and filmmakers from around the world.
Red Sea: episodic
The best of episodic storytelling from around the world. Up to two episodes of series from TV, streaming or web platforms. The place to discover the best of the episodic, screened for the first time in the Kingdom. – SG