The Red Sea International Film Festival announced, on Thursday, the launch of its inaugural session, from 11 to 20 November, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In a statement, the festival management revealed that the title “Transformations” was chosen to be the slogan of the session, confirming the ability of cinema to bring about “positive transformations”, which were reflected on the local scene with the return of cinema to Saudi Arabia in 2019, in addition to the renaissance that the Saudi and Arab cinematic scene is going through. And the role of cinematic culture in creating a new openness through which Saudi Arabia overlooks the whole world.
The digital age
The festival continues over a period of 10 days, while the focus is on the transformation of cinema into the digital age, new platforms for the delivery and distribution of content, and the changing role that women play in the film industry.
The festival brought together a team of experts, programmers, and filmmakers from Saudi Arabia and the world, including Executive Director Shivani Pandya, and Director of the Arab Program and Classic Films, Antoine Khalifa, who had previously worked at the Dubai International Film Festival.
He joins the film critic team, Klim Aftab, as Director of International Programming, with the aim of selecting and importing films from all over the world, which the festival will display to the Saudi audience within the official competition or its other programs outside the competition.