Red Sea International Film Festival 2022: all you need to know

The ten-day film fest takes place this December in Jeddah… 

Film lovers, the second edition of the highly-anticipated Red Sea International Film Festival is here. Taking place from Tuesday, December 1 to Saturday, December 10, Saudi’s first international film festival returns to Jeddah for the second edition, at the Ritz Carlton hotel.

This year’s theme is film is everything. The diverse platform will celebrate every facet of filmmaking, featuring the best of Saudi, the Middle East, and the rest of the world.  The festival will be an opportunity for film lovers, storytellers, and industry professionals to connect, host competitions for short and feature films, and organize masterclasses to support emerging talent.

And the award goes to…

The Yusr Awards celebrate boldness and innovation in film, awarding the biggest prizes in the region to both emerging and established voices across the formats of fiction, documentary, and animation. They will shine a light on films from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, ensuring that the Red Sea International Film Festival reaches hearts and minds across the region and beyond.

Presented by an international jury, cash prizes will be awarded to the Red Sea Golden Yusr award for best film in competition (USD100,000); best director (USD30,000); the Red Sea Golden Yusr for best short film (USD25,000); the Red Sea Silver Yusr for short film (USD15,000); and the Red Sea Silver Yusr Jury Prize (USD20,000).

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation also announced the seven films making up its Treasures award submissions that reintroduces masterpieces from the past. The lineup includes: Bend it like Beckham (2002);  La Grande Illusion (1937); Sambizanga (1972); Lion of the Desert (1980); and Stranger than Paradise (1984). Additionally, two beloved Egyptian classics will be brought back to life and screened more than 50 years since their release: Khali Balak Min Zouzou (Watch our for ZouZou) and Gharam Fil Karnak (Love In Karnak).

How to attend…

Those who wish to attend the cinema event can apply for a gold pass online for SAR480, which includes access to four film screenings per day.


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