The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) is one of the most anticipated event of 2020 and marks a great leap in the field of cinema for the Kingdom.
The festival has just recently announced its inaugural session that will launch in March in Jeddah’s Old Town under the theme of ‘Changing the script.’
The long anticipated Red Sea International Film Festival is set to kick off on the 12th of March with 107 feature film and short movies to be screened and a lineup of 16 films in-competition, seven non-competition films, 11 Saudi features, and 13 short films for the shorts competition, 23 films for best of year category, and 17 experimental films for the Tajreeb category.
The event will be held in Jeddah’s Al-Balad district, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It’s pleasing that we are bringing these great quality films discussing social issues of the day, said Sabbagh, Festival Director. “We have a strong desire to push diversity, particularly in women’s position in public spaces, and for a more open society. The films present a strong look at what makes society function and the relationship between the individual to patriarchy and hegemony.”
The festival will also witness the premiere of the Saudi film ‘Shams Al-Mareef’, one of two films to receive a USD 500,000 grant given to emerging Saudi filmmakers.