The Red Sea International Film Festival celebrates the incredible women who work at the heart of Arab cinema

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) and Vanity Fair have come together to celebrate the visionary female talent in front of and behind the camera who are shaping the film industry and creating extraordinary stories that resonate with audiences around the world.

At a gala held on the sidelines of the 79th Venice International Film Festival at the Palazzo Rocca, the Red Sea International Film Festival and Vanity Fair honored six remarkable women working at the heart of the Arab film industry.

The gala event shone the spotlight on a trio of pioneering talents from Saudi Arabia, including acclaimed filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda, Perfect Candidate, Mary Shelley), award-winning actress and director Ahd Kamel (Collateral, Honor , Wadjda) and an exciting one to watch Sumaya Rida (Rupture, Rashash). They were joined by Oscar nominee Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin, Beauty and the Dogs), famed actress Hend Sabry (Finding Ola, Noura’s Dream, Asmaa) and Dorra Zarrouk (Walls, Zombie Goes Zombie) all from Tunisia. .

Haifaa al-Mansour explained: “I am incredibly honored to return to the Venice Film Festival for the Women in Cinema gala. I am so grateful to Vanity Fair for including me in this incredible event with all of these amazing women. Venice has been my festival “at home” since the launch of my first film “Wajda” here ten years ago. I was thrilled to return to Venice for my next Saudi film, “The Perfect Candidate”, and I hope to be back very soon with another Saudi film!

Shivani Pandya, Managing Director of RedSeaIFF, said, “The Red Sea International Film Festival has an important role to play in ensuring that women’s stories are brought to as many people as possible and provide a platform to ensure that their voices are heard. We strive to establish ways for women to succeed as storytellers as they continue to shape our cultural landscape. With Vanity Fair, we celebrate the women who are leading the way and inspiring a new generation of creatives. »

Mohammad Al Turki; The CEO of RedSeaIFF added: “I am thrilled to see the rise of female filmmakers mark the world of cinema and together with our friends at Vanity Fair, we pay tribute to these brilliant women as they continue to take the cinema by storm. industry, breaking stereotypes and bringing new stories to the screen. We are grateful for their incredible contributions and can’t wait to see what they do next.

The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from December 1 to 10, 2022.



Darcy J. Skinner