Red Sea International Film Festival partners with MBC GROUP, the multi-media company in the Middle East and North Africa region to broadcast opening ceremony on March 12th on MBC TV.
This collaboration comes with several other important industry initiatives. In partnership with MBC AL AMAL, MBC’s CSR arm will focus on the empowerment and development of Arab youth, the festival will hold a Shorts Pitch Competition. Ten short film projects will be chosen from Saudi and the MENA region, with filmmakers being given a one-day workshop to prepare for a pitching session. Italian director and producer Stefano Tealdi will coach the participants how to strengthen their skills and give them tips for better pitches, before they present them at the Red Sea Souk. Upon conclusion of the competition, MBC will grant up to four projects.
The Director of Red Sea Film Festival, Mahmoud Sabbagh, declared, “We are delighted to have partnered with MBC Group, to become our official media arm. Besides broadcasting the festival’s activities, we’ve worked hand in hand with them to launch a series of workshops and panels on the sidelines of the festival.”
On the other hand, the Managing Director of MBC STUDIOS, Peter Smith, expressed, “Our partnership with the Red Sea International Film Festival comes from MBC’s strong commitment to, and trust in, the talent and creativity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s youth. We strongly believe that this new generation of talent is key in influencing change and creating the difference to the region’s media and entertainment content landscape, which of course includes independent film and mainstream cinema. MBC already plays a role in shaping the next generation of young Saudi media content creators, through initiatives such as MBC Edutain – which launched its first courses and training workshops in the Kingdom, in early 2019. Needless to say, our partnership with the Red Sea International Film Festival is just one that makes sense – as both of our entities’ goals and visions for the region’s youth in media and film production are ones that perfectly align. We look forward to showcasing our young creatives to the world.”
Throughout this collaboration, talent days with three workshops per day will take place on March 17-18, to give Saudi scriptwriters, directors and producers the chance of getting one-on-one sessions with Tealdi to help them get a thorough feedback on their work.