JEDDAH: The third Red Sea International Film Festival recently revealed the lineup for its eagerly awaited Arab Shorts in competition. In its third installment, this program presents a carefully curated selection of short films that explore lesser-known stories, providing captivating glimpses into the diverse lives and locales within the Arab world.
From Nov. 30-Dec. 9, the city of Jeddah, situated on the Red Sea’s eastern shores, will transform into a center of cinematic brilliance.
Featuring an impressive lineup of 11 outstanding Arab short films, the festival celebrates the richness and diversity of Arab storytelling, inviting viewers to embark on an unforgettable cinematic journey.
The festival guarantees an exceptional presentation of the finest in Arab and international cinema, delivering captivating, poetic, and entertaining experiences.
In response to this announcement, Mohammed Al-Turki, CEO of the Red Sea Film Foundation, stated in a press release: “The Red Sea International Film Festival is committed to promoting Arab cinema and film culture in the region and beyond. With ‘Arab Shorts,’ we continue to provide a platform for Arab filmmakers to showcase their work, connecting them with industry experts worldwide.”
Antoine Khalife, director of Arab programs and film classics at the RSIF, said that Arab Shorts underscores the festival’s dedication to empowering Arab filmmakers as they share untold stories that explore various facets of life.
The 10-day film festival is set to be an exciting platform for Arab filmmakers and industry professionals, bringing together an array of compelling Arab short films in competition, including “Smokey Eyes” directed by Ali Ali, Egyptian Adweek’s esteemed director; “Manity,” directed and written by Hussen Ibraheem; “The Key,” directed by Rakan Mayasi; “Somewhere in Between” by Dahlia Nemlich; “Amplified” by Dina Naser; “The Woodland” directed by Firas Taybeh; “The Call of the Brook” by Jad Chahine; “Farewell,” directed by Ibrahem Melhem; “Saeed,” directed by Rami Al-Zayer; and “Deaf,” directed by Roy Arida. “Me and Aydarous,” directed by Sara Balghonaim, will also be shown at the festival.
The RSIF will not only host feature and short film competitions but also offer a rich array of events, masterclasses, and workshops, fostering connections and providing vital support to emerging talent from the Arab film industry.