Red Sea International Film Festival announces 12 winning projects

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Participants in the program are competing for two funding grants to produce two projects worth $500,000 each. (Screenshot/RSIFF)
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Participants in the program are competing for two funding grants to produce two projects worth $500,000 each. (Screenshot/RSIFF)
Updated 01 October 2019

Red Sea International Film Festival announces 12 winning projects

  • A third of the selected projects are from female Arab directors

JEDDAH: The Red Sea International Film Festival announced 12 winning projects at the first edition of the Red Sea Film Development Laboratory on Monday, selected by an international committee choosing from 120 projects from 16 countries.
A third of the projects were from female Arab directors, and more than a quarter created with the participation of female producers.
The selected works also included six Saudi films, in addition to six Arab projects from Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon, reflecting the program’s efforts to support the local and Arab film industries.
The selected names included rising talents presenting their first or second feature films, as well as prominent names offering new experiences and ideas.
Participants in the program are competing for two funding grants to produce two projects worth $500,000 each, with the opportunity to present the winning projects as a premiere at the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival in 2021.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The selected works also included six Saudi films.

• Participants in the program are competing for two funding grants to produce two projects worth $500,000 each.

The selected projects will join the lab in an integrated program of three workshops, held in collaboration with international creative hub TorinoFilmLab in Jeddah, under the supervision of international experts in the fields of directing, photography, sound and editing. The first workshop will start in October 2019 and the third will conclude during the Red Sea International Film Festival in March 2020.
The committee that selected the winning projects included important names in the Arab and international film industry, such as Mahmoud Sabbagh, CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival; Market Manager Julia Bergeron; Antoine Khalifa, the festival’s Arab Program director; Jane Williams, head of studies at the Venice Film Festival College; and the Executive Director of TorinoFilmLab Savina Neruti. Saudi writer and critic Fahad Al-Osta also participated in the selection process.
Issues tackled by the submissions included socio-economic transformations and the impact of political events, such as the moment of oil discovery in the Kingdom in 1938, and the siege of the Grand Mosque in 1979, while one of the projects dealt with a contemporary psychological issue on loneliness.


Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

Penalties will be doubled upon repetition of the violation. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

  • People not wearing masks will be fined

JEDDAH: The Kingdom could return to extreme precautionary restrictions if the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds the medical sector’s capacity, Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah warned on Saturday.

“Public awareness and adherence to precautionary measures is essential to continue the ease of restrictions,” Al-Rabiah told Al-Arabiya on Saturday. “We continue monitoring the situation based on the number of critical cases in hospitals and their capacity to receive them. We want to be able to receive all cases that reach out to us and provide them with the care that they need. We are all in one boat in this situation, we are one team, and we must work together cautiously. Lack of commitment will definitely take us back to where we were.”

The minister expressed his concern about overcrowding in some public places during the Eid holidays, adding that while crowds were likely at the initial phase of the ‘unlock’ he remained optimistic about the public’s awareness level.

The minister said that although children were the least likely to be infected they could carry the virus without symptoms. He advised families to keep children away from elderly members of their families such as grandparents.

There were 1,618 new cases reported in Saudi Arabia, meaning that 83,384 people have now contracted the disease. There are currently 24,501 active cases.

The Health Ministry announced that 1,870 more patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 58,883. More than 70 percent of coronavirus patients in the Kingdom have recovered from the disease.

There were 22 new COVID-19-related deaths reported on Saturday, raising the total number of fatalities to 480.

The ministry has assigned 30 health practitioners to carry out the third stage of an expanded examination plan to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 in the city of Makkah.

FASTFACTS

• 58,883 recoveries

• 24,501 active cases

The examination will take place at a center in the Al-Zaidi district, where citizens and expats will be tested inside their cars through 12 tracks without the need to leave their vehicles. The center has the capacity for over 1,000 tests daily and these will be carried out through appointments made on the ministry’s Sehaty app.

Adjustments to previously announced social-distancing measures and regulations were announced by the Saudi Interior Ministry on Saturday. These include new violation penalties, as the second stage of restriction-easing starts on May 31.

Individuals who intentionally violate regulations will pay SR1,000 ($266). Breaches include not wearing a mask, not committing to social distancing marks and areas, refusing to undergo temperature checks at entrances, or not adhering to preventive protocols if their temperature is higher than 38 degrees Celsius.

The ministry amended the maximum number of people allowed for social gatherings inside homes, rest houses, farms, or in social events such as funerals and parties to 50 people.

Private sector establishments that are found to be non-compliant with new preventive measures and protocols will pay a penalty of SR10,000.

This penalty covers violations such as admitting entry to individuals not wearing medical or cloth masks, lack of disinfectants and sterilizers, not checking employee and customer temperatures at entrances, lack of sterilization on shopping facilities, cart surfaces and shopping baskets after each use, as well as opening fitting rooms and children’s play areas.
Penalties will be doubled upon repetition of the violation.