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Red Sea Fund announces 33 projects for KSA, Middle East, Africa


Saudi actresses Mila Al-Zahrani, left, and Fay Fouad, with CEO of the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation Mohammed Al-Turki. (AFP)


JEDDAH: The Red Sea Fund on Wednesday said it was funding 33 projects in Saudi Arabia, the wider Arab region and in Africa.

The fund, launched by the Red Sea Film Foundation, is committed to nurturing and promoting skills development in the worldwide film sector. Its primary objective is to assist filmmakers from Saudi Arabia, the Arab region and Africa.

The renewed financial commitments underscore the fund’s dedication to nurturing the advancement of the regional film sector, with a special emphasis on the burgeoning Saudi industry.

The Red Sea Fund acts as a driving force behind the growth of up-and-coming filmmakers. It grants skilled individuals the ability to materialize their concepts.

Prioritizing Saudi talent, the fund is working to promote the Kingdom’s film sector, facilitating its success domestically and globally.

The 33 new projects — which are in development — cover a diverse array of genres and narratives, highlighting the richness of storytelling not only in Saudi Arabia, but also across the region.

Spanning thought-provoking dramas, captivating documentaries and enchanting animated features, the fund’s financed projects aim to enrich the cultural tapestry and worldwide understanding of Saudi Arabia, the Arab region and Africa.

Through its investments, the Red Sea Fund also aims to foster intercultural discourse.

Financial backing, mentorship and other resources will be provided to budding filmmakers through the fund.

The third Red Sea International Film Festival, which is set to take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9, is poised to gather the finest offerings from both Arab and global cinema in the picturesque city of Jeddah, nestled along the eastern coastline of the Red Sea.

The festival will present a compelling array of novel and diverse films, accompanied by a retrospective segment honoring cinematic maestros.

It will also introduce audiences to up-and-coming talent from the region and beyond, as well as offer networking opportunities, competitions for both feature-length and short films, and events, masterclasses and workshops.


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