Red Sea Film Festival Foundation

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization registered in Saudi Arabia.[1][2] The foundation is chaired by Prince Badr Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture, the President of the foundation is the Saudi director and producer Mahmoud Sabbagh.[2][3]

Red Sea Film Festival Foundation
TypeNon-profit cultural organization
Prince Bard Al Saud
Mahmoud Sabbagh


The main responsibility of the foundation is organizing the Red Sea International Film Festival, an annual film festival launched in 2019 and held in Jeddah, western Saudi Arabia, starting from 2020.[4] The 2021 film festival will be held Dec 6-15.[5] The foundation is also in charge of supporting the local film industry and national storytellers by providing education and grants.[2]

Red Sea LodgeEdit

The foundation has introduced Red Sea Lodge intending to provide supports for filmmakers through training and mentorship. In collaboration with TorinoFilmLab, the Lodge will select some filmmakers and provide them training and development through all stages of filmmaking. The outcomes of the training and development processes will then be presented during the Red Sea International Film Festival. The winning work will be awarded a $500,000 prize.[6]


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  2. ^ a b c "Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Film Festival announces dates and major appointments, releases trailer". The National. UAE. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  3. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie. "Saudi Arabia launches Red Sea International Film Festival". Screen. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  4. ^ "Red Sea International Film Festival: Saudi Arabia announces new Jeddah event". The National. UAE. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  5. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (2021-12-06). "Red Sea International Film Festival Day 1: What's It Like Traveling To Saudi Arabia's First Ever Film Festival?". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  6. ^ "Introduction to the Red Sea Lodge". Red Sea International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2019-07-01. Retrieved 2019-07-07.