The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) has announced the winners of the Red Sea Souk Awards that featured four days of industry talks, workshops, an active project market and networking sessions.
All films in the Red Sea Souk were deliberated on by two separate juries for the Project Market and the Works-in-Progress to grant the Red Sea Souk Awards. More than $700,000 were awarded to the projects selected in the Red Sea Souk Awards with funds provided by the Red Sea Fund and industry sponsors.
Zain Zedan, Red Sea Souk Manager, said: “Today we presented the Souk awards to an exceptional selection of new and established voices in filmmaking, including numerous women powerhouses. We are so proud of the creativity and talent displayed today and we would like to congratulate them on their momentous achievements, we can’t wait to see what more they accomplish in elevating the Saudi film industry.”
From the Red Sea Fund, cash awards were granted by the Red Sea Souk Jury. The Red Sea Souk Award with a grant of $30,000 was presented to Contra by Lotfy Nathan for their film in post-production. The remaining awards supported by the Red Sea Fund Award included a Red Sea Souk Award with a grant of $25,000 that was presented to the winner Akashinga by Naishe Hassan Nyamubaya for their film in development and a Red Sea Souk Award with a grant of $100,000 that was presented to the winner AÏCHA by Mehdi M. Barsaoui for their film in production.
Furthermore, the two Red Sea Lodge Awards each with a grant of $100,000 were awarded to the winners The Zarqa Girl by Zaid Abuhamdan and The Photographer of Madina by Dalyah Bakheet. There was an additional Red Sea Souk Award, the Special Mention Award with a grant of $15,000 awarded to Birthday by Lara Zeidan.
From the sponsors, the Cell Studios, a fully integrated postproduction facility, presented three awards to a film in post-production. The first award consisting of a full DCP package worth $10,000 was awarded to The Cemetery of Cinema by Thierno Souleymane Diallo and the second award consisting of a full promotion package worth $10,000 was awarded to Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous by Wissam Charaf. Finally, the third award consisting of a full colour grading package worth $15,000 was presented to Fragments from Heaven by Adnane Baraka.
Leyth Production, a Tunisian-based film production company, presented the Leyth Production Award consisting of Sound Mixing by S.G., sound designer, in Auditorium 7.1 equivalent to $15,000 to Abdelinho by Hicham Ayouch to their film in post-production. Meanwhile, Arab Cinema Center (ACC), an international promotional platform for Arab cinema, presented the Arab Cinema Centre Award with participation in the 2022 Rotterdam Lab to the Saudi winner Zeba by Arar Qarim, and Seeking Haven for Mr. Ramb by Khaled Mansour.
The Mad Solutions Distribution Award in the amount of $50,000 The Seasons of Janne by Mehdi Hmili, while Saudi distribution company Cinewaves presented the Cinewaves Film Distribution Award in the amount of $50,000 to the Zeba by Abrar Qari.
The two Arab Radio and Television Network (ART) Distribution Awards of $50,000 went to MONTREAL by Ameen Nayfeh and Within Sand by Mo Alatawi, while the Shahid Distribution Award in the amount of $100,000 went to Hala’s Aziz by Jawaher Alamri.