FIRST SAUDI INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST TO SHOW 109 FILMS
RED SEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HAS ANNOUNCED DETAILS, COMPETITION AND INDUSTRY INITIATIVES OF ITS FIRST EDITION
Red Sea International Film Festival has announced programme details, competition line-up and industry initiatives of its first edition set to take place in Jeddah on March 12-21. Festival director Mahmoud Sabbagh and artistic director Hussain Currimbhoy revealed that a total of 107 features and shorts will screen at the festival.
The selection includes 16 films incompetition, seven out-of-competition titles, 15 retrospectives and classic works, five immersive/VR experiences, 11 pictures in new Saudi/new cinema, 13 titles in the shorts competition, and 23 best of the year films.
The competition selection this year includes themes such as the advancement of women’s rights, the scourge of domestic violence, as well as immigration, a statement said. Participating countries in this year’s competition include Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Columbia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Kosovo,
Lebanon, Mongolia, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Spain and United States.
“It’s pleasing that we are bringing these great quality films discussing social issues of the day,” said Sabbagh.
“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.”