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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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The Red Sea Festival returns to Jeddah’s UNESCO World Heritage Site old-town Al Balad from 1-10 December, 2022

    Over 30,000 filmgoers turned out along with 3,115 registered professionals for the 10-day celebration and industry networking   The Red Sea International Film Festival has confirmed the second edition will take place from 1-10 December 2022. The successful inaugural edition presented 138 films to over 30,000 filmgoers and 3,115 film professionals, media and students who came out in force to mark the landmark Festival.   Over the 10 days of the Festival, screenings w...

Emmanuel Itier in Peace with talents at Red Sea International Film Festival

Emmanuel Itier wears many hats: he is a producer, actor, director, and writer (for filmfestivals.com, Allo Cine...) he is also starting a career in politics, running for Presidency in France. Actress Karam Taher Emmanuel Itier and Darin J. Sallam - director Samir Nasr   Sara Mester   Fatima al-banawi Jawaher alamri et  Hind Alfahhad Yamina Benguigui Haifaa Al-Mansour  He has directed the films Tell me no Lies, Scarecro...

Interview with FARHA director Darin J. Sallam and actress Karam Taher

‘FARHA’ AT RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 Actress Karam Taher and Darin J. Sallam - director Interview by Emmanuel Itier for filmfestivals.com                                                How can one not be touched by directorial tour de force from Darin J. Sallam: ‘FARHA’ (https://redseafilmfest.com/en/our-films/page/8/?f...

SHARAF - interview with Director Samir Nasr at Red Sea Fest

RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL ‘SHARAF’ Interview with Samir Nasr (Director) by Emmanuel Itier Samir Nasr in peace with Emmanuel Itier SHARAF, based on Sonallah Ibrahim’s famous novel, is the story of a modern Candide in a dystopian Arab World. He is one of the millions of poor guys, who long for a better future. When he kills a man in self-defence he has to wake up from his dreams of wealth and consumption. The microcosm of prison mirrors the complex situation of Ara...

HUDA'S SALON - interview from Red Sea Film Festival.

RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 ‘HUDA’S SALON’ With: Actress Manal Awad (“Huda”) and director Hany Abu-Assad Interview by Emmanuem Itier for filmfestivals.com Another quite shocking film to discover at The Red Sea International Film  Festival was ‘Huda’s Salon’, a co-production between Palestine, Egypt, Qatar and The Netherlands. What a fantastic international collaboration to bring to light the nightmare of a young woman caught up between ...

BECOMING - interviews with 4 bad-ass Lady filmmakers: Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Sara Mesfer et Fatima Al-Banawi

RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 “BECOMING” Interview with Directors: Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Sara Mesfer et Fatima Al-Banawi Jawaher Alamri, Emmanuel Itier, Hind Alfahhad Interview by Emmanuel Itier for filmfestivals.com If there was one movie not to miss at The Red Sea International Film Festival of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia It is: ‘Becoming’ (https://redseafilmfest.com/en/films/becoming/ ). Not only this is the first Saudi movie combining the enlightening vi...

Saudi artist Abdulrahman Mohammed is set to take the stage at Maraya in AlUla performing his experimental project "The Hope Will

  “The concert is set to be on January 7, 2022. Start the new year off in style at this fantastic concert”   The Saudi Artist Abdulrahman Mohammed is set to take the stage at Maraya in AlUla performing his experimental project "The Hope Will Never End" on January 7, 2022.   An improvisational composer, independent, experimental singer and musician, Abdulrahman Mohammed's passion lies in creating Arabic improvisational composing, combing it wit...

A look back at the entire festival run in Jeddah of the RSIFF

VIDEO CHANNEL: Akshay Kumar guest of honour at Red Sea Fest Akshay Kumar at Red Sea Fest with the festival heads Mohamed Al Tariq and Shivani Pandya  Hundreds of fans turned up for a glimpse of megastar Akshay Kumar, who participated in an in-conversation event: watch the moments. ...   16.12.2021 | Red Sea International Film Festival's blog VIDEO CHANNEL: '83' BY Kabir Khan The Red Carpet frenzy moments ‘...

VIDEO CHANNEL: Akshay Kumar guest of honour at Red Sea Fest

Akshay Kumar at Red Sea Fest with the festival heads Mohamed Al Tariq and Shivani Pandya  Hundreds of fans turned up for a glimpse of megastar Akshay Kumar, who participated in an in-conversation event: watch the moments.     ...

VIDEO CHANNEL: '83' BY Kabir Khan The Red Carpet frenzy moments

‘83, presented by Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films and Kabir Khan Films, will have its world premiere at the Festival’s public closing on 15th December, ahead of its release across the Gulf region on December 23rd and worldwide release on 24th December. The highly anticipated sports biopic is being distributed across the GCC by VOX Cinemas.                     Toni El Massih, Managing Director, VOX Cin...

VIDEO: The Red Sea Souk Awards

Festival (RSIFF) today announced the winners of the Red Sea Souk Awards that featured four days of industry talks, workshops, an active project market and networking sessions. All films in the Red Sea Souk were deliberated on by two separate juries for the Project Market and the Works-in-Progress to grant the Red Sea Souk Awards. More than 700,000 USD were awarded to the projects selected in the Red Sea Souk Awards with funds provided by the Red Sea Fund as well as generous industry sponsors.&...

VIDEO: Closing Ceremony and Awards

Mohamed Al-Turki and Naomi Campbell Photo RSIFFF /GETTYImages ...

The 83 Biopic World Premiere closed The Red Sea International Film Festival

Acclaimed director Kabir Khan along with with cricket legends Kapil Dev, Mohinder ‘Jimmy’ Amarnath in attendance for a sensational send off to the Festival’s inaugural edition. Sports biopic is being distributed across GCC by Festival Partner, VOX Cinemas       The first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) in partnership with VOX Cinemas, MBC GROUP and Saudia Airlines closed on a high this evening with the world premiere of t...

In conversation with Haifaa Al-Mansour

RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 HAIFAA AL-MANSOUR: A CELEBRATION   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Last week, at The Red Sea film festival (https://redseafilmfest.com/en/ ) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia;  the most important Saudi female filmmaker, Haifaa Al-Mansour ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haifaa_al-Mansour ), was finally celebrated for her courage, her talent and her vision to encourage waves of changes in this country with a “bad reputation”. Such reputation is sure to be s...

In conversation with Red Sea Immersive Michael Salmon

Bruno Chatelin met with Red Sea Immersive producer Michael Salmon Liz Rosenthal Red Sea IMMERSIVE with her jury members: Victoria Mapplebeck and Laurie Anderson. Interview by Bruno Chatelin Red Sea: Immersive is an exciting programme of virtual reality experiences, running from 7 to 15 December. Hosted at Jeddah’s new creative complex, Hayy Jameel, Red Sea: Immersive features an array of award-winning international artists and directors, presenting 21 projects from 23 countri...

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...

RSIFF interview with French director Yamina Benguigui in Jeddah

RED SEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL     By Emmanuel Itier Yamina Benguigui (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamina_Benguigui ) is truly a force of nature in France. She is a very respected filmmaker as well as a political voice whose visions bring changes to this world. Therefore, this was not a surprise that the first edition of The Red Sea International Film Festival ( https://redseafilmfest.com/en/ ) selected her recent film ‘SISTERS’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch...

The winners of the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival.

The Red Sea International Film Festival in partnership with VOX Cinemas, MBC GROUP, and Saudia Airlines today announced the winners of the Red Sea competition sections. The 16 strong feature, 18 shorts selection and 21 ground-breaking global virtual reality experiences are a celebration of the most exciting, innovative new films and cinematic storytelling from established and emerging filmmakers from the Arab world and Africa. The inaugural edition recognises the incredible range of talent wit...

Red Sea International Film Festival December 12 in focus

Everything is back at the Vox Cinemas in Al Balad today – but that doesn’t mean it’s over! There are still more exciting films screening for the first time today, as well as loads of repeats so you can catch up on films you have missed. The jury is still working hard, watching the last of the films in competition before they meet to make their decisions on who will win the inaugural Red Sea Film Festival prizes…     Talent days starts today, and it provides ...

700 000$ awarded to the winners of the Red Sea Souk

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) today announced the winners of the Red Sea Souk Awards that featured four days of industry talks, workshops, an active project market and networking sessions. All films in the Red Sea Souk were deliberated on by two separate juries for the Project Market and the Works-in-Progress to grant the Red Sea Souk Awards. More than 700,000 USD were awarded to the projects selected in the Red Sea Souk Awards with funds provided by the Red Sea Fund as well as...

Cinewaves Films and Film Clinic Indie Distribution announce an artistic cooperation

The film sector witnessed at the beginning of 2021 an artistic-commercial cooperation between two leading companies (Cinewaves Films) and (Film Clinic Indie Distribution), in pursuit of a wider spread of Arabic artwork in the Saudi market, the Middle East, and North Africa. A joint statement was issued by the distribution company (Cinewaves Films), represented by its chairman, Mr. Faisal Baltyour, And the production and distribution company (Film Clinic Indie Distribution), represented ...

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