Saudi short films in the spotlight at the 2nd edition of the Red Sea Film Festival

The New Saudi/New Cinema Shorts selection includes 16 films from future filmmakers in the booming industry and offers a glimpse into the cultural richness of the Kingdom.

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), which will run from December 1-10 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a location nestled on the eastern shore of the Red Sea, today announced its first slate of films in the sol- breaking section ‘New Cinema/New Saudi for its second edition. The impressive line-up includes 11 world premieres and 5 international premieres.

Following the success of the inaugural edition, the Festival will welcome filmmakers, talent, media and audiences in attendance for a 10-day celebration of over 120 of the best films from around the world, alongside a packed program of industrial and public events. .

Mohyee Qari, Program Manager at RedSeaIFF, said: “Last year, the Festival was applauded for presenting a host of captivating short films from new voices. I am delighted to announce that the programming for the second edition of Saudi Filmmakers is once again a showcase of the country’s talent taking creative risks and blazing new trails. Each film is so different, but interesting characters and engaging storytelling are the common denominators of the selection. The film industry continues to accelerate at a tremendous rate and the filmmakers in this section truly represent the future of cinema in the Kingdom.

This year’s program includes:

Last chance to fall in love directed by Faisal Buhishi is a touching and poignant story that follows an old man who finally gets the chance to reunite with his first love after 50 years.

Foundry directed by Ali Basaeed, Casting focuses on a man’s frustration caused by people’s interference in his personal life. His attempt to try to distance himself from them only finds him in a deeper struggle.

Requiem for silence (pictured above) directed by filmmaker, producer, and actor Majed Z. Samman explores his struggle with the unwanted malevolent entity that unexpectedly enters his life, and coming to terms with their coexistence.

YALLAH, YALLAH, BEENAH! directed by Mohammed Hammad transports audiences down the rabbit hole where a gang of pre-teens are sent on a psychedelic mission to save humanity while under the influence of a spell cast by a clan of witches.

old phone number, directed by Ali Saeed introduces us to Hamed (Yacoub Al Farhan) in the midst of a midlife crisis that prompts him to repent by traveling to Mecca to ask for forgiveness and change the course of his life. However, during the desert road trip, something happens that prevents him from completing his long spiritual journey and causes him to return to meet someone living in his past.

Forgive me, directed by Jubril Mohammad is the story of a bride on the most special day of her life who is abandoned by the groom on her wedding night. Taking all the wedding guests with her, she bravely tracks him down to seek the answers she deserves.

Othman, directed by Khaled Zidan is the story of a security guard in the parking lot of a government hospital, who lives quietly with his cousin Fahd. But things soon take a turn that pulls Othman out of his torpor and forces him to face reality.

Forward, Directed by Fahad Alotaibi, Forward revolves around an underground hacker who receives a phone call from the future warning him that something bad is happening…

tea leaf, directed by Mohammed Baqer is a film about regret and pain in the experience of separation. A husband, drinks his tea and painfully reminisces about the situations with his ex-wife and the love and struggles they were going through.

A swingdirected by Raneem Almohandis and Dana Almohandis follows Leen, a ten-year-old girl, who embarks on a trek through the woods to seek out the mystery of the magic swing her military father used to tell her stories and promise to take her there one day.

When red bloomsdirected by Tala Alharbi and winner of the 48-hour Filmmaking Challenge ventures into the mind of a girl who sets unrealistic expectations for herself, leading to a series of self-destruction and morbid perfectionism.

The child in his closetis directed by Khaled Zidan and winner of the 48-hour Filmmaking Challenge festival and explores the childhood memories theme, how we interpret our first experiences and how they make us feel.

Kabret, directed by Salma Murad tells the story of Osama, a young man struggling with a feud between his emotions and his memory as he tries to find a thread leading to answers. He tries to wake up a part of him that gives him the reason, but his reasoning is brutal, even abusive.

Memories of the North directed by Abdulmohsen Almutairi is a Gulf War documentary marking its 30th anniversary that follows a team of filmmakers who witnessed the events as children embarked on a journey through Saudi Arabia to capture stories of people who lived the war.

lucky you are mine directed by Noura Abushosha is a modern Saudi marriage story. Ahmad and Salma are newlyweds, and a few days after the wedding, Salma has a bipolar manic episode following the sudden death of her mother. Ahmad is determined to support his wife, but the couple find themselves at a crossroads and unable to speak. Will their marriage survive its first test?

Zabarjad directed by Hussain Al-Mutlaq follows Yehya as he returns to his village to settle down after deciding to drop out of college, but a visit from his father’s old friend turns Yehya’s life upside down, forcing him to leave the town.