Film submissions open for Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival

The inaugural Red Sea International Festival is expected to attract talent not only from the Kingdom and the Middle East but around the world. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 18 September 2019

Film submissions open for Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival

  • Filmmakers have until Nov. 15 to submit their entries
  • Prizes totaling $250,000 (SR938,000) will be up for grabs in the Yusr Awards in sections including directing, screenwriting, and acting

JEDDAH: Lights, camera, action! Film submissions  opened on Tuesday for the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival due to be staged in Saudi Arabia early next year.

The new event will offer big cash prizes to winners of the international competition running across a range of movie categories including feature-length, short and immersive works.

Filmmakers have until Nov. 15 to submit their entries for the festival which is expected to attract talent not only from the Kingdom and the Middle East but around the world.

Taking place in the ancient Jeddah Old Town in March 2020, the gathering will offer an international program celebrating innovative approaches to storytelling, judged by leading global cinema figures.

International films will be required to have Middle East premiere status, and Arab movies must be original works by emerging and established filmmakers, with special attention given to promoting films from the Global South (Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean).

Prizes totaling $250,000 (SR938,000) will be up for grabs in the Yusr Awards in sections including directing, screenwriting, and acting. The awards are designed to recognize daring, elevate new voices, and encourage film culture in Saudi and the region.

A special Golden Yusr award will be made for the best short production from the Arab world as part of a movie-shorts competition dedicated to Arab filmmakers.

A pioneering program exploring Saudi cinema titled “New Cinema/New Saudi” will introduce movie producers and artists from the Kingdom’s energetic new cinema wave.

The festival’s setting in the UNESCO-listed, ancient coral labyrinth of Jeddah Old Town will be transformed through immersive cinema experiences including augmented and virtual reality.

Entry details and conditions can be found at redseafilmfest.com/programme/film-submissions and are open via Eventival from Sept. 17 until Nov. 15, 2019.


Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

Updated 15 August 2020

Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

  • The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020
  • Intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.

JEDDAH: Students of all levels are to resume the new school year through remote learning for a period of seven weeks, the Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Shaikh has announced.
The decision was made after coordinated discussions with the relevant authorities as the Kingdom is still confronting the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said that an exception will be made for university and technical school students with practical curriculums who are required to attend courses in person.
Due to the pandemic, the Kingdom accelerated the e-learning process through its accredited platforms. Virtual classes will be given through Vschool.sa as teachers will be required to attend their virtual classrooms remotely. School curriculums will be provided on the iEN platform, the Kingdom’s national education portal.
The ministry and relevant authorities will assess the situation for the rest of the first semester at the end of the seven weeks and see whether to allow students to return to their classrooms.
According to the ministry, intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.
The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020.