Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: The Red Sea International Film Festival today announced that Film AlUla, a film agency established to promote and support film and television production in AlUla County located in the northwest of Saudi Arabia, will strengthen its ties with the Festival as the new strategic sponsor of this year’s edition.
Film AlUla will present the Audience Award and Best Saudi Film Award, each holding a $50,000 value for the winning films.
Film AlUla Audience Award is a vote-based, audience-driven award designed to encourage festival-goers’ engagement with films and inspire audiences to appreciate and celebrate creativity in film. The winning film will receive a prize of $50,000.
Film AlUla will also present the prize for the best Saudi film voted by the audience of the Festival. The award recognizes Saudi creative talents and innovative Saudi works that are true to their identity, heritage and cultural depth, and that demonstrate originality in their presentation.
The pristine grounds of AlUla, which feature some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, have hosted a slate of local, regional and international productions. Productions most recently filmed at AlUla include Ric Roman Waugh’s upcoming action thriller “Kandahar” starring Gerard Butler, the Russo Brothers’ intense drama “Cherry” starring Tom Holland, and the thrilling filmmaker and member’s first feature film. influential in the new wave of cinema in Saudi Arabia. “Norah” by Tawfik Alzaidi with an all-Saudi cast.
Since opening for production in 2020, Film AlUla has developed a friendly and vibrant ecosystem for cinema and is currently leading the development of a landmark infrastructure project that will see the first phase consisting of two state-of-the-art films. studios to meet growing demand.
In addition to presenting two awards, Film AlUla will present an exhibition booth at the Red Sea Souk Festival to promote the unique and breathtaking location as well as the 40% cash back program and a range of supporting incentives. to help with development and production. international and local feature films, TV series, commercials and documentaries shot in AlUla.
Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival, explained, “AlUla is a filmmaker’s dream location, its spectacular locations are now being discovered by the world and we look forward to sharing the breathtaking landscapes and wealth of stories with the public for years. come. We are delighted to partner with Film AlUla for these two important awards, celebrating Saudi talent and the audience award to distinguish the best title of the Festival as voted by the public. The Red Sea International Film Festival is committed to supporting all aspects of filmmaking, but nurturing local talent and one-of-a-kind filming locations like AlUla is our priority.
Charlene Deleon-Jones, Executive Director of Film AlUla, added: “We are delighted to strengthen our support for the Red Sea International Film Festival, as we share the same goals of creativity, stimulating the growth of the film industry of the Kingdom and defending and promoting local talent. around the world. Sponsoring these two awards celebrates the most exciting and innovative new films and cinematic stories that are at the heart of everything we strive to achieve at AlUla. We are proud to be a strategic sponsor of the second edition of the Festival and look forward to working with the Red Sea International Film Festival for many years to come.
Full details can be found via redseafilmfest.com
About the Red Sea International Film Festival
The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will bring together the best of Arab and world cinema in Jeddah, nestled on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. The Festival will present a compelling selection of new and diverse films, as well as a retrospective program celebrating the masters of cinema and introducing audiences to exciting new voices from the region and beyond. The Festival will provide a platform for Arab filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world to connect, organize feature and short film competitions and present a series of events, masterclasses and workshops to support emerging talent.
Alongside the Festival is the Red Sea Souk, the Festival’s industrial market, designed for global exchanges and partnerships between the international and Saudi film industries. The four-day market will offer a packed schedule of events organized to foster co-production, international distribution and new business opportunities. The souk offers unbeatable access to the vibrant new Saudi scene, as well as the best of the Arab market through pitch sessions, one-on-ones, screenings, industry talks and networking events.
The Red Sea International Film Festival will take place from December 1 to 10, 2022.
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