Red Sea International Film Festival


Amjad Al-Rasheed

Saudi’s Red Sea Film Festival teams with Venice Final Cut

RSIFF will give a cash award of €5,000 to one of the projects.

Mohammed Al Turki

Saudi’s Red Sea Film Festival appoints producer Mohammed Al Turki as CEO

New position will see Saudi producer step up involvement in festival to spearhead its growth and that of local film and TV industry.

Al Balad

Algeria’s Sofia Djama, Egypt’s Dina Amer head to Saudi’s Red Sea Lodge

12 upcoming films from the Middle East and North Africa will be supported by project and talent incubator.

Shivani Pandya Malhotra, Red Sea

Red Sea’s Shivani Pandya on the “great vibe” of the first edition despite logistical hiccups and a no-show artistic director

Former managing director of Dubai International Film Festival has been a driving force behind the new festival.


Saudi distributor CineWaves, Egypt’s Film Clinic sign output deal

Riyadh-based distributor CineWaves, one of the first Saudi companies to move into arthouse films, has signed an artistic cooperation pact with Egypt’s Film Clinic Indie Distribution.


Laurie Anderson describes what she loves about virtual reality filmmaking

Anderson is the jury head of the Red Sea Immersive strand at the Saudia Arabian festival.


Red Sea jury president Giuseppe Tornatore gives his first impressions of Saudia Arabia

“They’ve set everything on fire,” said the Italian director.

Rupture director and cast

‘Rupture’ director Hamzah Jamjoom on his love of using genre films to smuggle in social commentary

The Saudi filmmaker’s debut film shot in Romania, standing in for London.

Red Sea awards ceremony

‘Brighton 4th’ wins best film at Saudi’s first Red Sea International Film Festival

Giuseppe Tornatore was jury president for the inaugural competition featuring 16 features.


‘Recovery’: Red Sea Review

Rashid Masharawi traces the history of Jaffa in this inventive, personal documentary

Red Sea Film Festival Al Balad

Red Sea lays on Talent Days for next generation of Saudi professionals

Some 250 aspiring Saudi filmmakers are expected to attend the two-day event.

'Broken Keys'

‘Broken Keys’: Red Sea Review

Jimmy Keyrouz’s impressive debut feature chronicles the horrors of war-torn Syria

The Exam

‘The Exam’: Red Sea Review

Shawkat Amin Korki’s taut drama concerns a young woman who risks everything to ensure she passes her exams


Front Row’s Gianluca Chakra on the first year of his Saudi distribution label

New label has released 40 titles in Saudi Arabia including The Father, Another Round and Pinocchio.


“Getting the call ignited something like hope in me”: how making ‘Communion’ saved its team from despair

‘Communion’ is screening in competition at the Red Sea International FIlm Festival

Daughters of Abu

‘Daughters of Abdul-Rahman’: Cairo/Red Sea Review

Squabbling sisters try to find their way in Jordan’s all-powerful patriarchy

Adon Quinn Headshot New

Word of mouth is driving cinemagoing in Saudi, says Muvi Cinemas executive

Homegrown exhibitor currently owns and runs just under half of Saudi Arabia’s 420 screens.


Saudi Arabia sets sights on 100 feature films by 2030

Ministry of Investment official was speaking at a Red Sea industry talk

Haifa Al Mansour

“Never take no for an answer,” says groundbreaking Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour

Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker is a guest of honour at the Red Sea International Film Festival.


How Egyptian director Samir Nasr turned censorship issues into opportunity to make Red Sea title ‘Sharaf’

When an Eygptian shoot proved impossible, the director elevated the local story to an Arab one.