Winners of 3rd Red Sea International Film Festival

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Dec 2023

The Red Sea International Film Festival announced the winners of its 3rd edition (30 November-9 December, 2023) during the awards ceremony that took place yesterday at the Ritz Carlton theatre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

In Flames
Still from film In Flames , a Canadian-Pakistani production written and directed by Zarrar Kahn, winner of Golden Yusr for Best Feature Film at 3rd Red Sea International Film Festival, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (30 November - 9 December)


The Red Sea Feature Film competition jury was headed by Australian writer, director, and producer Baz Luhrmann. 

The jury panel also included: Swedish-American actor Joel Kinnaman; BAFTA Award-nominated actress Freida Pinto; Egyptian actress Amina Khalil; and Spanish actress Paz Vega.

The Red Sea Shorts competition's jury panel featured Hana Alomair, a Saudi writer, and filmmaker; French-Moroccan actor Assaad Bouab; and award-winning Turkish-German film director, screenwriter and producer Fatih Akin. 

The festival also honoured American actor and film producer Nicholas Cage, who joined the festival's 2023 honour line-up of Diane Kruger, Ranveer Singh, and Abdullah Al-Sadhan.

The winners of the Red Sea International Film Festival 2023 are as follows:

Golden Yusr for Best Feature Film
In Flames, Zarrar Kahn

Silver Yusr for Best Feature Film
Dear Jassi / Tarsem Singh

Jury Prize 
Farah Nabulsi, The Teacher

Best Director
Shokir Kholikov, Sunday

Best Actor
Saleh Bakri, The Teacher

Best Actress
Mouna Hawa, Inshallah A Boy

Best Screenplay
Six Feet Over, Karim Bensalah and Jamal Belmahi

Asharq Documentary (Best Documentary In Competition)
Kaouther Ben Hania, Four Daughters

Chopard Rising Talent Trophy
Nour Alkhadra

Film AlUla Audience Award: Saudi Film
Norah, Saudi Arabia (Competition)

Film AlUla Audience Award: Non-Saudi Film
Hopeless, South Korea (Festival Favourites)

Best Cinematic Contribution
Omen, Baloji

Silver Yusr for Best Short Film
Suitcase, directed by Saman Hosseinpuor and Ako Zandkarimi

Golden Yusr for Best Short Film
Somewhere in Between, directed by Dahlia Nemlich

Short link: