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Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival Reveals Grants For Upcoming Arab Films, Including Toronto-Bound ‘Farha’

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Nick Vivarelli International CorrespondentSaudi Arabia’s nascent Red Sea International Film Festival has revealed 14 Arabic feature films selected to receive production and post-production funding from its Red Sea Fund.The announcement was made at the Venice Film Festival where the Red Sea festival and Saudi Arabia’s fledgling film industry have a substantial presence.Among the beneficiaries of the fund are Jordanian writer and director Darin J.

Sallam’s Toronto Film Festival-bound “Farha,” the story of 14-year-old girl Farha in Palestine in 1948, who watches from a locked pantry as catastrophe consumes her home, and Lebanese director Ely Dagher’s “The Sea Ahead,” that recently launched from the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

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