The four funding strands will accelerate the growth of film production and support the early careers of ambitious filmmakers in the Arab world and Africa.
The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation has announced the third edition of the Red Sea Fund. The fund supports projects with directors from the Arab World and Africa, launching a new generation of filmmakers, and supporting established auteurs as they bring their work from script to screen.
The fund supports projects that include fiction, documentary and animation feature film formats, as well as episodic content.
Applications are welcome from around the world to support the projects of Arab and African directors. Additionally, Saudi nationals will be able to apply to the Red Sea Fund to support short films in development and production.
The first cycle of the fund is open from February 6 until February 21, the second cycle will open from April 6 to 30, the third will be open from June 6 to July 2, and the last cycle will be open from August 6 to 21, 2023.
The Red Sea Fund will be split across three main categories Red Sea Fund – Development, Red Sea Fund – Production and Red Sea Fund – Post-Production.
Red Sea Fund – Development aims to support bold and creative directors in developing live-action, emerging media, and animation projects from treatments to production-ready screenplays and concepts. R
Red Sea Fund – Production is for projects going into production and is aimed at supporting any aspect of the shoot. Open to viable projects at the production stage, with a script, committed director and producer attached, as well as potential cast and confirmed timeline. The team can be emerging or established, but with proven experience in filmmaking.
Red Sea Fund – Post-Production will be supporting all aspects of post-production on feature-length projects. Once a rough cut is ready, these grants will support filmmakers to complete their films and get them ready for distribution and exhibition.