The Red Sea International Film Festival opens film registrations for the second edition

The film festival welcomes applications from Arab, Asian and African filmmakers to compete for the Yusr Awards.

The Red Sea International Film Festival has opened registration for its second edition, which will run from December 1 to 10, 2022.

Filmmakers from Asia and Africa, including the Arab world, are invited to submit films until August 14, 2022.

Arab, Asian and African filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their films to Red Sea: Competition and Red Sea: Shorts Competition. Saudi filmmakers can also apply to screen under New Saudi/New Cinema. Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the festival selection committee. The festival aims to promote cross-cultural exchange and foster the growth of the Arab film industry, positioning Saudi Arabia as a key contributor to the international film industry.

The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will bring together local moviegoers, filmmakers and international industry leaders. The event provides an essential platform to strengthen creative ties between Saudi Arabia and the world with a program of the best in world cinema, classic and contemporary Arab cinema, alongside professional and industrial streams.

Sections of the program will showcase contemporary international and Arab cinema, Saudi feature films, experimental shorts and films, retrospectives, and forward-looking AR and VR experiences.

The films in competition will compete for the Yusr Awards, chosen by an international jury. The Red Sea Golden Yusr award for best film in the competition will receive $100,000. Cash prizes will also be awarded to Best Director ($30,000); the Red Sea Golden Yusr for Best Short Film ($25,000); and the Red Sea Silver Yusr for Short Film ($15,000); in addition to the Red Sea Silver Yusr Jury Prize ($20,000). Other prizes will be awarded for Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Immersive, Cinematic Contribution and Mer Rouge: Special Mention in Competition. There will also be cash prizes for the Audience Award and Best Saudi Film.

Featuring works from Asia and Africa, including the Arab world, the Mer Rouge competition promotes cinematic forms that push the boundaries of fiction and documentary. Presenting film work that pushes tradition, with innovative filmmaking and great storytelling by emerging and established voices, with generous prizes awarded by an international jury.

Featuring works under 60 minutes from Asia and Africa, including the Arab world, the Red Sea: Short Films competition values ​​cinematic works that offer fresh takes and fresh ideas that tell captivating, diverse and innovative in the form of short films.

In addition to the open categories, there are seven organized sections, including International Spectacular, Arab Spectacular, Red Sea: Festival Favorites, Red Sea: Immersive Future, Red Sea: Treasures, Red Sea: Families and Children, Red Sea: New Vision, and Red Sea: episodic.

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