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ART to Award Two $50,000 Prizes at Red Sea International Film Festival

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ART to Award Two $50,000 Prizes at Red Sea International Film Festival

The Arab Radio and Television Channels Network (ART) is readying to present two awards, each worth $50,000, at the Red Sea International Film Festival. These significant awards will be granted to film projects currently under development. The first prize is earmarked for a Saudi project, with the second slated for an Arabic film selected from the festival's participants.

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ART's Role in the Festival

The awards form part of ART's sponsorship of the festival's third iteration, which is set to take place from November 30 to December 9 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. As a principal sponsor, ART will also host a special pavilion for cinema professionals at the festival market.

ART's Own Productions

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ART is not only a sponsor but also a participant in the festival, with four of its own productions in the lineup. This includes the Tunisian film 'Beyond the Mountains', directed by Mohamed Ben Attia, which will be competing in the official selection. In the Arab Masterpieces section, three films will vie for recognition: 'Oulfa's Girls', starring Hend Sabri and directed by Kaouther Ben Hania; 'I Miss You', featuring Lebanese star Nadine Labaki and French actress Fanny Ardant under the direction of Tamer Ruggli; and 'Shamareekh', a film with Asser Yassin and Amina Khalil, directed by Amr Salama.

Preserving Cinematic Heritage

ART has also joined forces with the festival this year to restore two classic films, 'Victory of Youth', starring Farid al-Atrash and Asmahan, and 'My Wife's Goblin' featuring Shadia and Salah Zulfikar. These restored classics will be highlighted in the Red Sea Treasures program. The festival's theme this year is 'Your Story Your Festival', underlining the importance of personal narratives in cinema.

In conclusion, the third edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival promises to be a platform for emerging filmmakers from Saudi Arabia, the Arab world, and Africa. The festival's partnership with ART reinforces its commitment to nurturing talent and preserving cinematic heritage.

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