Shivani Pandya Malhotra
Courtesy of Red Sea Film Festival
India
2021

Red Sea Film Festival

Shivani
Pandya
Malhotra

Managing Director

After 15 years running the Dubai International Film Festival, Pandya Malhotra was hired as managing director of the Red Sea International Film Festival in 2019, tasked with launching a brand-new event that positioned Saudi Arabia as a player in the international film industry only a few years after that country lifted a ban on cinemas. But on the eve of its inaugural fest in the old-town section of the coastal city of Jeddah in March 2020, the pandemic hit, leading to postponement after postponement, before the 10-day event was definitively scheduled for December 2021. In the interim, Pandya Malhotra found another way to boost the Arab and African film communities, helping launch the Red Sea Fund and distributing a total of $14 million in grants to 100-plus directors.

Career

  • Red Sea Film Festival

Education

  • Delhi University (India)
  • Xaviers Institute of Communications (India)

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After 15 years running the Dubai International Film Festival, Pandya Malhotra was hired as managing director of the Red Sea International Film Festival in 2019, tasked with launching a brand-new event that positioned Saudi Arabia as a player in the international film industry only a few years after that country lifted a ban on cinemas. But on the eve of its inaugural fest in the old-town section of the coastal city of Jeddah in March 2020, the pandemic hit, leading...

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