Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah in Red Sea Int'l Film Festival grant jury

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Sep 2020

The first edition of the Saudi festival was supposed to take place this year, but was postponed due to the coronavirus

 Yousry Nasrallah
Egyptian filmmaker Yousry Nasrallah (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Acclaimed Egyptian film director Yousry Nasrallah has been named in the jury presiding over the 12 projects of the inaugural Red Sea Lodge Residency, alongside Russian film producer Nadia Turincev and producer and writer Meinolf Zurhorst.

"The jury will award two production grants worth $500,000 each in an online ceremony that will take place on September 25," said the Red Sea International Film Festival.

"It is with great pleasure that I accept the responsibility to be part of the jury of the Red Sea Film Lodge. I sincerely hope that this generous production grant will help Arab filmmakers and Arab cinema reach new heights," said Nasrallah.

In collaboration with the TorinoFilmLab, the Red Sea Lodge Residency resumes as a digital event on 19 October where 12 projects, six from Saudi and six from the Arab world, are taking part in events leading up to the granting of the two production awards on 25 September.

The final phase of the Lodge and the awarding of the grants was due to take place at the Red Sea International Film Festival in March, but was postponed due to the coronavirus.

Born in 1952, the jury member of many of the most prestigious festivals in the Arab world Yousry Nasrallah, a writer and director who began his career as assistant to renowned Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine, is known for many films including El Medina (1999), After the Battle (2012) and Genenet El Asmak (2008) and many others.

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