Red Sea Announces Film Projects For Development Funding

Red Sea Announces

The Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi Arabia has picked 12 films from emerging Arab and African filmmakers for its development programme, the Red Sea Lodge, which is run in association with TorinoFilmLab and funded by the Film AlUla film commission.

The Lodge, a 10-month mentorship programme, is also accepting African projects in addition to Saudi and Arab ones.

Winners will get a share of the $200,000 in prizes that will be given out during the festival’s December 2023 edition.

The Lodge Mentorship Program

Red Sea Labs has revealed 12 ideas from fresh Arab and African talents that have been shortlisted for the Red Sea Lodge in association with TorinoFilmLab and funded by Film AlUla.

The Lodge is a challenging ten-month mentorship programme designed to assist the upcoming generation of aspiring filmmakers in bringing their movie ideas to life.

The inaugural Lodge workshop will be held in AlUla, a center for Saudi cinema, from March 14 to March 20.

The final workshop and presentation of the chosen projects will be held at the third Red Sea International Film Festival, which runs from November 30 to December 9 in Jeddah.

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List of Nominated Projects From Saudi Arabia

  • “How To Not Get Married In Saudi Arabia”; Writer/Director Ghadeer Binabbas, Producer Emmanuel Mayer
  • “Sukun”; Writer/Director Lina Mahmoud, Producer Abdulghani Alsaigh
  • “Mecca Berlin”; Writer/Director Mujtaba Saeed, Producer Nadia Eliewat, Co-Writer Ghiath Mhithawi
  • “By Hasnaa’s Side”; Writer/Director Amaal Yousef, Producer Ghaidaa Abuazzah
  • “Lost Soul”; Writer/Director Sarah Mohammed Almuneef, Producer Séverine Tibi

List of Nominated Projects From Arab Region

  • “An Endless Night”; Writer/Director Mohamed Kassaby, Producer Mohamed Kateb
  • “To Each Their Own”; Writer/Director Samer Battikhi, Producer Fatma Racha Shehadeh
  • “Temporary Lives”; Writer/Director Wessam Hachicho, Producer Amélie Quéret
  • “The Sun Has Seen Everything”; Writer/Director Wissam Tanios, Producer Christian Eid
  • “My Father Killed Bourguiba”; Writer/Director Fatma Riahi, Producer Erige Seheri, Co-Writer Louai Haffar

List of Nominated Projects From African Regions

  • “Black Snake”; Writer/Director Naishe Nyamubaya, Producer Sue-Ellen Chitunya
  • “Fantastic Tale”; Writer/Director Vincho Nchogu, Producer Joshua Olaoluwa


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