Red Sea Film Festival announces $10 mln fund to support projects from Arab World and Africa The Red Sea Fund aims to launch a new generation of filmmakers and supporting established auteurs as they bring their work from script to screen.
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The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation announced the creation of the $10 million Red Sea Fund, which will support projects with directors from the Arab World and Africa.
Awarded for development, production and post-production, the grant’s target is to launch a new generation of filmmakers and support established auteurs as they bring their work from script to screen.
According to the RSFF press release, the fund will support "100 projects in its first year, creating a game-changing boost for filmmakers from Africa and the Arab world by supporting fiction, documentary and animation feature films, as well as episodic content. Additionally, Saudi nationals will be able to apply to the Red Sea Fund to support short films in development and production."
The Red Sea Fund is part of the RSFF’s commitment to the regional screen sector, that also includes the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival, which will take place from 11 to 20 November, 2021.
In addition, the festival will see the launch of the Red Sea Souk, a marketplace and industry hub for the region. "Red Sea Souk will include a Project Market, with pitching sessions of more than 20 projects from the Arab World and Africa, as well as Films-in-Progress workshop. All projects that apply to the Red Sea Fund will automatically be eligible for Red Sea Souk – Project Market and Red Sea Souk Films-in-Progress Workshop," according to the press release.
Red Sea Souk Films-in-Progress Workshop will take place from 12 to 15 November, 2021.
Applications for projects headed by an African or Arab director are welcome from around the world. The Red Sea Fund is open from 15 June until 22 July 21, 2021.