In addition to the Arab premiere screenings, the festival will offer a wide range of activities and events geared towards younger attendees.
Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), which will have its inaugural edition from December 6-15, has announced the five feature films and selection of shorts that will comprise the Red Sea: Next Generation section.
The movies will feature productions created for younger audiences, shining a spotlight on animation films, dramas and documentaries from all around the world. As well as world and Arab premiere screenings, the festival will present a wide variety of activities and events, aimed at including younger festivalgoers in the festivities.
Edouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of the RedSeaIFF, said: “We are proud to put such a strong focus on young people’s cinema at the Festival. It is so important to us at the RedSeaIFF to remain inclusive of young people, given that these young people will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping the burgeoning Saudi film industry as it progresses into the future. Red Sea: Next Generation represents the very best filmmaking for younger people from across the world, and we are thrilled to be able to show these to young audiences in Jeddah, who may very well be the brightest Saudi filmmakers of the future.”
The festival will see the Arab premiere of Illumination’s highly anticipated animated feature Sing 2, written and directed by award-winning English director Garth Jennings.
The closing night of the RedSeaIFF will see the world premiere of award-winning Egyptian writer and director Amr Salama’s latest feature Bara El Manhag. Spanish director Manuel Calvo presents his directorial debut Champions starring two Saudi actors Fatima el Banawy and Yasser Sagaf in a world premiere at the RedSeaIFF.
Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess, written and directed by Academy Award-nominated Mamoru Hosoda, will have its Arab premiere at the festival. In her second feature documentary, Bigger Than Us, French director Flore Vasseur focuses on a generation rising to fix the world: young people fighting for human rights, the climate, freedom of expression, social justice, and access to education and food.
Kiddomania is a selection of short animated films from directors Nicolas Deveaux, Benjamin Flouw, Remy Dupont, Paulin Cointot, Paul Emile Boucher, Gaspard Roche, Patrick Jean, Evalds Lacis, Paul Bush, Eric Montchaud and Antoine Robert.