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Saudi festival launches fighting fund amid virus burden on filmmakers

Red Sea International Film Festival Foundation announces fund after inaugural event was forced to be postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak

Saudi festival launches fighting fund amid virus burden on filmmakers

The non-profit Red Sea International Film Festival Foundation has announced a fund of SR200,000 in the form of emergency community relief grants to support Saudi filmmakers.

The fund aims to help freelance Saudi filmmakers who have sustained a financial loss resulting from cancelled or postponed gigs or opportunity directly related to the coronavirus precautionary measures.

The inauguraal Red Sea International Film Festival was scheduled to take place in Jeddah from March 12-21 but was postponed after the outbreak of the virus.

A total of 107 features and shorts were due to screen at the festival.

All Saudis working in the film industry are eligible to the one-time emergency grant of up to SR5,000 on merit basis. Applications will be open until the fund is exhausted. People who meet the criteria should apply here: https://www.redseafilmfest.com/community-fund

The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation champions the kingdom’s burgeoning cinema and cultural scene by nurturing audience engagement, supporting filmmakers and strengthening the film industry.

Established in 2018, the Foundation chairman is the Minister of Culture, Prince Badr bin Farhan Al Saud.

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