Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival has announced a dozen projects from young filmmakers from Saudi, and the wider Arab and African region, selected for its development program, the Red Sea Lodge, in collaboration with TorinoFilmLab and sponsored by the Film AlUla film commission.

The Lodge is a 10-month mentorship program that has now opened up to African works along with Saudi and Arab projects.

Winners will take home a portion of the total $200,000 pot in prizes that will be awarded during the fest’s 2023 edition in December. 

The selected projects from Saudi Arabia are:

“How To Not Get Married In Saudi Arabia”; Writer/Director Ghadeer Binabbas, Producer Emmanuel Mayer

“Sukun”; Writer/Director Lina Mahmoud, Producer Abdulghani Alsaigh

“Mecca Berlin”; Writer/Director Mujtaba Saeed, Producer Nadia Eliewat, Co-Writer Ghiath Mhithawi

“By Hasnaa’s Side”; Writer/Director Amaal Yousef, Producer Ghaidaa Abuazzah

“Lost Soul”; Writer/Director Sarah Mohammed Almuneef, Producer Séverine Tibi

The selected projects from the Arab region are:

“An Endless Night”; Writer/Director Mohamed Kassaby, Producer Mohamed Kateb

“To Each Their Own”; Writer/Director Samer Battikhi, Producer Fatma Racha Shehadeh

“Temporary Lives”; Writer/Director Wessam Hachicho, Producer Amélie Quéret

“The Sun Has Seen Everything”; Writer/Director Wissam Tanios, Producer Christian Eid

“My Father Killed Bourguiba”; Writer/Director Fatma Riahi, Producer Erige Seheri, Co-Writer Louai Haffar

The selected projects from Africa are:

“Black Snake”; Writer/Director Naishe Nyamubaya, Producer Sue-Ellen Chitunya

“Fantastic Tale”; Writer/Director Vincho Nchogu, Producer Joshua Olaoluwa


Distributor All3Media International has signed an exclusive first look with Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy nominated factual producer Roast Beef Productions, partnering on its premium factual slate, including the documentary “Spacey Unmasked,” which presents a look at Kevin Spacey’s rise to stardom and his subsequent legal battle in the London courts.  

This first look deal follows the success of the producer’s documentary “Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?” All3Media handled global distribution for the series, which was licensed across Europe, Latin America, Australia and Asia and North America with a coproduction deal with Starz. 


Canadian government funding org. Telefilm Canada has appointed Julie Roy as its new executive director and CEO.

Roy was previously general director and programming and marketing chief at the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada where she was in charge of numerous marketing campaigns produced dozens of animated works. “Her dual expertise in production and marketing contributes to her public awareness,” Telefilm Canada said in a statement. It also noted that she is “familiar with regional, linguistic and cultural specificities” and that Roy “advocates the importance of diversity and inclusion on and behind the screen and encourages a plurality of voices.”

Courtesy Telefilm Canada