Tawfik Alzaidi Director 'Norah'

Source: Red Sea International Film Festival

Tawfik Alzaidi on the set of ‘Norah’

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation has unveiled the 36 recipients of the Red Sea Fund’s 2022 production and post-production funding cycles.

All titles are from Arab and African filmmakers, who will receive grants to help them complete films that shine a light on narratives and new talents emerging from the region.

Two films selected have previously received support at the development stage by the Red Sea Fund. Captain Mbaye from Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi follows a UN observer sent to Rwanda as genocide breaks out. Karekezi’s previous credits include drama The Mercy Of The Jungle, which scooped the top prize at Africa’s biennale international film festival Fespaco in 2019.

Aicha is directed by Tunisian Mehdi M. Barsaoui, and won the $100,000 award for best feature film project in production at the 2021 Red Sea Souk project market. It revolves around a young woman living in a backwater in southern Tunisia who attempts to build herself a new life in the capital of Tunis after she is reported as having died in a tragic bus crash.

Yunan from Syrian Ameer Fakher Eldin participated in the Red Sea Souk project market in 2022. His previous feature The Stranger represented Palestine in the Oscars international feature race in 2021.

Female filmmakers to receive awards include Saudi Arabia’s Haifaa Al-Mansour, Palestine’s Annemarie Jacir, Tunisia’s Kaouther Ben Hania and Palestinian-American Cherien Dabis.

Norah, a Saudi film shot in AlUla, directed by Saudi filmmaker Tawfik Alzaidi and produced by Paul Miller, is one of the 11 titles to receive a post-production grant, alongside Blacklight, which is directed by Karim Bensalah, of Algerian descent, and produced by Oualid Baha. It was among the winners at Venice Film Festival’s Final Cut last year.

Red Sea funded films

Cycle 3 - Production

Mehal Sefari (Eth-Can-Den)
Dir. Abraham Gezahagne

The Wandering Souls Of Kinshasa (DR Congo-Fr) episodic
Dir. Dieudo Hamadi

Captain Mbaye (Rwanda)
Dir. Joel Karekezi

Sidi Kaba And The Gateway Home (Fr-Lux-Bel-Ger) animation
Dir. Rony Hotin

Aicha (Tun-Fr-Saudi)
Dir. Mehdi M. Barsaoui

Thank You For Baking With Us! (Pal)
Dir. Laila Abbas

Big Boys Don’t Cry (Egy-Get) documentary
Dir. Muhammad Mustapha

Seeking Haven For Mr Rambo (Egy)
Dir. Khaled Mansour

Mime (Fr-Tun)
Dir. Kaouther Ben Hania

Hounds (Mor)
Dir. Kamal Lazraq

Amina (Mor)
Dir. Nora El Hourch

The Perfumed Hill (Mauritania-Fr-Lux-Tai)
Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako

The Vanishing (Alg)
Dir. Karim Moussaoui

Yunan (Ger-Saudi-Pal-Fr-It)
Dir. Ameer Fakher Eldin

Fifty Metres (Egy) documentary
Dir. Yomna Khattab

The Walled Off Hotel Vr Experience (Pal-Ger-Neth) immersive
Dir. Amer Shomali

She Was Not Alone (Iraq) documentary
Dir. Hussein Al-Asadi

Men In The Sun (UK-Greece-Neth-Pal-Den)
Dir. Mahdi Fleifel

The 67th Summer (Egy-Fr-Austria)
Dir. Abu Bakr Shawky

Habibi And I In Eden (Saudi-Qat) short
Dir. Sara Mesfer

Miss Camel (Saudi) animation
Dir. Haifaa Al Mansour

Al-Daar (Saudi)
Dir. Abdullah Bamajboor

3 Cold Dishes (Nig)
Dirs. Oluseyi Asurf, Apolline Traoure

All That’s Left Of You (Ger-Pal-UAE-Egy-Qat-Cyp-Saudi)
Dir. Cherien Dabis

All Before You (Saudi-Pal-UK)
Dir. Annemarie Jacir

Cycle 4 - Post-production

Norah (Saudi)
Dir. Tawfik Alzaidi

Blacklight (Alg-Fr)
Dir. Karim Bensalah

Backstage (Mor-Tun-Bel-Fr)
Dirs. Afef Ben Mahmoud, Khalil Benkirane

Spring Came On Laughing (Egy)
Dir. Noha Adel

Hackers Of Borders (Tun-Fr-Ger-Leb) documentary
Dir. Mohamed Ismail Louati

Concrete Land (Jor) documentary
Dir. Asmahan Bkerat

Land Of Women (Egy-Fr-Den-Qat) documentary
Dirs. Ayman El Amir, Nada Riyadh

Thiiird (Leb) documentary
Dir. Karim Kassem

A City Below Zero (Iraq) documentary
Dir. Medoo Ali

A Fidai Film (Pal-Ger) documentary
Dir. Kamal Aljafari

Floating In A Vacuum (Tun)
Dir. Mohamed Ben Attia