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Source: Cannes Film Festival © Nicola Goode

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International filmmakers including Guy Ritchie, Luca Guadagnino, Spike Lee, Andrew Dominik, Fatih Akin, Adil El Arbi & Bilal Fallah, Gaspar Noe and Kaouther Ben Hania and actors Andy Garcia, Akshay Kumar, Jackie Chan, Nelly Karim, Ranbin Kapoor and Hrithik Roshak are among the talent heading to this month’s Red Sea International FIlm Festival (RSIFF) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to participate in talks and in-conversation events. 

Gurinder Chadha is delivering a Master Class session.

Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of Red Sea, said: “Our schedule of In-Conversations taking place at this year’s festival brings together some of the leading voices in international, Bollywood and Arab cinema, sharing their journeys to the big screen and the wisdom that they have learned along the way. We are thrilled to be able to further share their voices with Saudi audiences, and honour this truly eclectic group with our powerful series of intimate, in-depth conversations.”

Meanwhile, Indian actor and producer Shah Rukh Khan receives an Honorary Award at the festival’s opening ceremony tonight.

Elsewhere, the festival’s industry talks session - Red Sea 360° in Association with Winston Baker – has pulled together speakers from across the Arab Region, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Panellists include Michael Schaefer from New Regency, Vincent Maraval from Wild Bunch, Karim Safieddine & Maroun Najm from Cinemoz, Clay Epstein from Film Mode Entertainment, producer Donald Kushner, and Batman producer Michael Uslan.

A key focus is Women in Cinema, with panellists including producer Rula Nasser, casting director Jennifer Haddad, producer Adhrucia Apana, Film AlUla’s Charlene Deleon-Jones and composer Suad Bushnaq.

The festival runs from December 1 — 10 in Jeddah and will present 131 feature films and shorts from 61 countries.