RedSeaIFF teams up with Final Cut in Venice to support regional filmmakers


As part of this partnership, five films funded by the Red Sea International Film Festival will also be present at the 79th Venice Film Festival.

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) has collaborated with Final Cut, a Venice Production Bridge program that supports projects from countries in the Middle East and Africa.

The initiative, now in its 10th year at the Venice Film Festival, will support films in post-production from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria as well as African countries.

In addition, five RSIFF-funded films will be screened at the Venice Film Festival which runs from August 31 to September 10. The 79th edition of the festival welcomes ten Arab and Middle Eastern films ready to mark the Lido di Venezia of some of the region’s filmmakers.

The Red Sea International Film Festival supports two works in Final Cut — Inshallah a boy, a black comedy by Amjad Al Rasheed and The Cinema Cemetery, a documentary by Thierno Souleymane Diallo which, along with six other projects, will be presented to producers, buyers, distributors, post-production companies and film festival programmers. La Mer Rouge will also offer a financial reward to the winning project.

The five films announced at the world’s oldest film festival have received crucial support from the Red Sea Fund, launched to support Arab and African filmmakers and provide funding at key stages of production, post-production and development. . It is part of RSIFF’s mission to champion emerging and established filmmakers to bring authentic and untold stories of the past, present and future to global audiences.

Presented at Orizzonti Extra, the festival’s official international competition dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends is the highly anticipated coming-of-age story Nezuh directed by Syrian director Soudade Kaadan. Kaadan’s first feature film The day I lost my shadow won the Lion of the Future – Luigi De Laurentiis award in 2018.

In the same section, the first feature film by Iraqi screenwriter and director Ahmed Yassin Al Daradj Hanging gardens with Wissam Diyaa, Jawad Al Shakarji, Hussain Muhammad Jalil and Akram Mazen Ali. The film won the 2021 edition of Final Cut in Venice for the best film in post-production.

by Lebanese-French director Wissam Charaf Dirty, Hard, Dangerous will feature in Giornate degli Autori, a successful independent annex of the Venice Film Festival renowned for the quality of its film selection.

Franco-Algerian director Damien Ounouri and Algerian actress, screenwriter and producer Adilia Bendimerad present the last queen a life-size costume drama in the program Giornate degli Autori. The film is set in the Mediterranean port city of Algiers in 1516, it revolves around the heroic female figure of Zaphira, who stood up to the infamous pirate Barbarossa after killing her husband, King Salim Toumi, took control of the city and demanded her hand in marriage. In addition to co-directing Bendimerad stars and is joined by Dali Benssalah and Tahar Zaoui.

The first feature film by Moroccan director and screenwriter Yasmine Benkiran queens will close the selection of the Venice International Film Critics Week, the box of the Venice Film Festival, out of competition.

Speaking of the films, Pascal Diot, head of the Venice Production Bridge, said: “The Venice Production Bridge is honored to have the additional support of the Red Sea International Film Festival for our Final Cut workshop in Venice and more generally for have such a relationship. In just a few years, the RSIFF has become a key player in the MENA region and one of the main investors and supporters of Arab cinema and new immersive content.

Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival, added: “We are delighted to form a partnership with Venice Film Production Bridges’ ‘Final Cut’ program to strengthen our commitment to filmmakers in the region in order to complete more projects. they can make the selection in the most prestigious festivals in the world. The caliber of films shown in the region this year is remarkable and is guaranteed to leave its mark on global audiences.


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