The film festival will host a series of events in Venice, including a gala evening designed to celebrate women in cinema and their achievements in the industry.
The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF), in collaboration with Saudi Film Commission (SFC), has announced that it will support Saudi filmmakers and emerging talents with the opportunity to attend the 78th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, which runs from September 1-11, 2021.
The line-up of young talent from the region who will attend the film fest with a delegation from the Red Sea International Film Festival includes, Managing Director Shivani Pandya, Artistic Director Edouard Waintrop, Chairman of the Festival Committee Mohammed Al Turki, Director of Arab Programmes & Film Classics Antoine Khalife, and Director of International Programming film critic Kaleem Aftab.
Red Sea International Film Festival to host a series of events in Venice, including a Gala evening designed to celebrate women in cinema and their achievements in the industry, supporting the festivals mission to drive the empowerment and support of women both in front and behind the camera and the future generation of female creatives.
Participating Saudi filmmakers have the opportunity to gain exposure at one of the world’s most established festivals, pitch future projects, connect with studios, production houses and make many important connections with industry professionals from around the world, as well as hone their skills in the many developmental workshops and talks the festival has to offer.
The Red Sea Film Festival’s initiative, Red Sea Fund, which champions the development, production and post-production of Arab films has supported Amira from Egyptian director Mohamed Diab which will have its world premiere, competing within the Orizzonti section.
Edouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of Red Sea International Film Festival said: “This is a perfect opportunity to promote the flourishing Saudi film industry at Venice and for our filmmakers to network with international counterparts on a prestigious global platform at one of the most sought-after slots in the film industry calendar. We are also thrilled to be supporting the world premiere of Mohamed Diab’s Amira and Arab cinema as it continues to flourish on the world stage. We will also be selecting the very best of international cinema to present to Saudi audiences at the Red Sea Film Festival this December.”