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Red Sea Film Festival’s 2021 edition welcomes applications

The Red Sea International Film Festival announced the opening of applications for 2021. The event will be held from 11 to 20 November in Jeddah.

Requests for Asian and African films, including Arab cinema, will be accepted from 18 May to 18 August 2021.

The Red Sea International Film Festival organizes actual activities that bring together film enthusiasts, filmmakers, and international film industry tycoons. It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy days or entertainment since the March 2020 edition had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The festival program includes 11 sections featuring international and contemporary Arab works, long, short, and experimental Saudi films, in addition to classic cinema masterpieces, virtual and augmented reality, and interactive cinema.

These sections include The Red Sea Competition, The Red Sea Short Film Competition, New Saudi Cinema, Experimentation, World’s Masterpieces, Arab Masterpieces, Global Choices, Interactive Cinema, Treasures of the Red Sea, A New Generation, and The Red Sea Episodes.

Competition prizes

The selected films are scheduled to compete for prizes awarded by an international jury, which includes:

  • Al-Yusr Golden Award for Best Feature Film (US$100,000(
  • Best Director Award (US$30,000 (
  • Special Jury Prize (US$20,000)
  • Al-Yusr Golden Award for Best Short Film (US$25,000)
  • Best Screenplay Award
  • Best Actor Award
  • Best Actress Award
  • Best Cinematic Contribution Award

Moreover, the festival offers a cash prize for the winning film, Audience Award, and Best Saudi Film.

The Red Sea Film Festival invites talents and directors to submit applications and extends the invitation to Saudis who could participate in the New Saudi Cinema and Trying programs.

The event is the first international film festival in Saudi Arabia. It is a non-profit initiative launched by the Saudi Ministry of Culture to support the film sector in the Kingdom and to enrich the local cinematic content.

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