The Red Sea International Film Festival is set to take place from November 30 to December 9, 2023, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will be the third edition of the annual event, bringing together the very best in cinema.
The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival received critical acclaim for significantly expanding the industry. It presented 143 films from 66 countries, and was attended by more than 40,000 film professionals and other media enthusiasts. This event will be showcasing films from Saudi Arabia, the GCC, Asia, and Africa. Through the initiative, emerging filmmakers are welcomed to shoot films within the country’s extraordinary landscapes by taking part in the 48-hour film challenge.
“Our second edition was a huge success and signified that the Red Sea International Film Festival is evolving into a global event that we are very proud of and grateful to everyone who supported us. We are still navigating our way being a young festival and film industry but have been delighted with the feedback from the local community, regional and international guests. We were honoured to welcome some of the leading voices in Hollywood, Bollywood, South Korea, Africa and Arab cinema, sharing their journeys to the big screen with a new generation of Saudi creatives who are capturing the attention of the global film industry”– Mohammed Al-Turki, CEO
Dubai-based Iraqi director Yasir Al-Yasiri’s HWJN has been chosen as the opening film of the upcoming Red Sea International Film Festival. The film is based on the YA novel by Saudi writer Ibraheem Abbasm which was a revolutionary piece of work that combined Western sci-fi tropes and Arabic culture and folklore.
Meanwhile, the film closing out the spectacle will be Ferrari, a new biopic directed by Michael Mann and starring Adam Driver, Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, and Patrick Dempsey. Taking place in the summer of 1957, it follows legendary car personality Enzo Ferrari and the problems he was facing in the world of Formula 1.
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