The third edition of the shorts competition presents a kaleidoscope of international filmmakers’ works.
The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) has announced the 2023 programme of of short films from African and Asian filmmakers operating across the globe as part of the Red Sea: Shorts Competition strand.
The festival’s third edition will take place from November 30 to December 9, 2023 in Jeddah. The selection of short-format works will complement the soon-to-be-announced international feature films.
Featuring entries from Singapore, Senegal, Kazakhstan and Pakistan, the competition will serve as a platform for 14 emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their talents. Their stories include thought-provoking narratives that have been curated to fit the Your Story Your Festival theme.
The titles to feature in the Red Sea International Shorts are all MENA or World premieres and are Farnoosh Samadi’s Titanic, Primetime Mother by Sonny Calvento, The Late Wind by Shugyla Serzhan, The Wait by Imran Hamdulay, Solatia from Hira Yousafzai, Yaa by Amartei Armar, Awa Moctar Gueye’s Dusk, The Courier by Tigran Agavelyan, Saman Hosseinpuor and Ako Zandkarimi’s Suitcase, Terra Mater – Motherland by Kantarama Gahigiri, Eid Mubarak by Mahnoor Euceph, Ethar Baamer’s In Between, Accidentally Intentional by Kevin Rahardjo and The Suitcase by Numan Acar.
Commenting on the selection, Kaleem Aftab, Director of International Programming, said: “We were overwhelmed by the record number of applications for our short film competition from filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, working across the globe. It was hard to whittle the number down to the 14 filmmakers we believe will become the next generation of great auteurs. We can’t wait to welcome them to Jeddah to showcase their work and be a part of the global film community gathering during Red Sea IFF. We are more certain than ever that the future of film is in Asia and Africa, including the Arab world.”