The Red Sea International Film Festival, has unveiled the 26 projects selected as part of its industry-focused Red Sea Souk Market, running from December 2 to 5.
Projects in development include Palestinian director Scandar Copti’s A Childhood, Lebanese-French filmmaker Danielle Arbid’s Love Conquers All and Madness And Honey Days by Iraq’s Ahmed Yassin Al-Daradji.
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Within the Market selection are twelve Red Sea Lodge projects which were developed during the year through intensive workshops and in partnership with the Torino Film Lab. Four of these projects will be awarded the annual Red Sea Lodge production prizes of $50,000 each.
All 26 selected projects will compete for cash prizes offered by the Red Sea Fund, to be awarded by an international jury of producers: $35,000 for development, $25,000 for the Jury Special Mention Award and $100,000 for production
Another six projects will be showcased in Works-In-Progress section including Men In The Sun by Palestinian director Mahdi Fleifel, Red Path by Tunisia’s Lotfi Achour and Yunan by Kiev-Born, Germany director Ameer Fakher Eldin, who is of Syrian descent. (scroll down for the full list).
All selected films in the Work-in-Progress Showcase will compete for the Red Sea Souk Post-Production Award of $30,000 and the Special Jury Mention of $10.000.
“We are excited to host the Red Sea Souk as part of the Red Sea IFF for a third year and to showcase some of the most innovative, inspiring new talent from the Arab and African region,” said Red Sea Film Festival managing director Shivani Pandya Malhotra, Managing Director.
Alongside the project market and works-in-progress showcases, the Souk will also run its Red Sea 360° industry workshops, panels and sessions program focused on the future of the Arab, African and Asian film industries.
Confirmed speakers to date include former U.S. Marvel Television exec Karim Zreik, Jordanian writer and director Tima Al Shomali, South Korean producer Woo-Sik Seo, Saudi animation director Malek Nejer and Colombian producer Diego Ramírez Schrempp.
The Project Market jury comprises Saudi Producer Wael Abumansour (Telfaz 11), French producer Jean Bréhat (Tessalit Productions), Moroccan producer Lamia Chraibi (La Prod), Senegalese producer Oumar Sall (Cinekap) and Bosnian producer and director Jasmila Žbanić.
Judges for the Works-In-Progress are Venice Giornate degli Autori artistic director Gaia Furrer, Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Iraqi-Italian director Haider Rashid.
The Red Sea Souk Project Market
A CHILDHOOD, by Scandar Copti
Hybrid Creative Documentary-Animation
DJELIYA, MEMORY OF MANDING, by Boubacar Sangaré
LOVE CONQUERS ALL, by Danielle Arbid
MADNESS AND HONEY DAYS, by Ahmed Yassin Al-Daradji
MIRACLE IN CELL NO.7, by Dina Amer
NOSTALGIA: A TALE IN FIRST CHAPTERS, by Ameer Fakher Eldin
Syria, Germany, Italy
SADNESS, by Emmanuela Lalanga 1st feature
Central African Republic, France, Republic of Congo
SELFLESS, by Meriem Mesraoua 1st feature
Algeria, France, Qatar
TANZANITE, by Kantarama Gahigiri 1st feature
Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya, Switzerland
THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON, by Rani Massalha
Egypt, Tunisia, France
THE STRANGER, by Gaya Jiji
THE TREASURE, by Abdellah Taïa
THREE DAYS 1/3, by Rakan Mayasi 1st feature
Palestine, Lebanon, USA, Belgium
WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES, I SEE YOUR EYES, by Sameh Alaa 1st feature
The Red Sea Lodge Projects
AN ENDLESS NIGHT, by Mohamed Kassaby 1st feature
BLACK SNAKE, by Naishe Nyamubaya 1st feature
BY HASNAA’S SIDE, by Amaal Youssif 1st feature
FANTASTIC TALE, by Vincho Nchogu 1st feature
IN THE BEGINNING, IT IS THE END by Ghadeer Binabbas
MECCA, BERLIN, by Mujtaba Saeed & Ghiath Al Mhitawi 1st feature
Saudi Arabia/ UAE/Germany
MY FATHER KILLED BOURGUIBA, by Fatma Riahi & Louai Haffar 2nd feature Documentary
TEMPORARY LIVES, by Wessam Hachicho 1st feature
THE GIRL AND THE MISSING BED, by Samer Battikhi 1st feature
THE MIDDLE ONE, by Sarah Almuneef 1st feature
THE NIGHT WHISPERER, by Lina Mahmoud 1st feature
THE SUN SEES EVERYTHING, by Wissam Tanios 2nd feature
The Red Sea Souk Work-In-Progress Showcase
ANIMALE, by Emma Benestan
Algeria, France, Belgium
MEN IN THE SUN, by Mahdi Fleifel
Palestine, UK, Greece, The Netherlands, France, Germany
MY SEMBA, by Hugo Salvaterra 1st Feature
RED PATH, by Lotfi Achour
Tunisia, France, Belgium, Poland
RISING UP AT NIGHT, by Nelson Makengo 1st Feature, Creative Documentary
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belgium, Germany, Burkina Faso
YUNAN, by Ameer Fakher Eldin
Palestine, Germany, Canada, Italy, Jordan
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