During the ceremony, 6 women working in the Arab film industry were honored, including three creators from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: director Haifaa Al-Mansour for her films (Jeddah, The Ideal Candidate and Mary Shelley), and actress and director Ahed Kamel for (Cultural series, Sharaf and Wajddah), and actress and director Ahed Kamel for (Cultural series, Sharaf and Wajddah). And actress Soumaya Reda for her role in the movie (Tear), and three Tunisian creators, they are: Tunisian director Kawthar Ben Hania for the films “The Man Who Sold His Back” and “Ala Kaf Afrit”, and actress Hind Sabry for (Nora’s Dream and the series Searching for Ola and Film Asmaa) and actress Dora Zarrouk (Wallpaper and Zombie Goes Zombie).
On this occasion, Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour said: “I am proud to be back at the Venice Film Festival and to be honored by the Red Sea International Film Festival and Vanity Fair, and I say: Thank you for including me in this amazing event with these creative women. Venice has been my home since the launch of my film. The first one I found ten years ago. I am thrilled to be back in Venice to watch my new Saudi film, The Perfect Candidate, and I hope to come back with a new Saudi movie again.”
For her part, Executive Director of the Red Sea International Film Festival, Shivani Pandya commented: “The Red Sea Festival is dedicated to ensuring that we showcase as many unique stories and stories as possible from a new wave of female voices, so we strive to empower women in the industry. Cinema is to reshape the cultural landscape of cinema in our world, and by partnering today with Vanity Fair, we are honoring the female creators who have paved the way to inspire future generations of female creators.”
In turn, the CEO of the Red Sea International Film Festival, Mohamed Al-Turki, added: “I am delighted to see the exceptional female talents of creative female filmmakers who are making their mark in the world of filmmaking, as we honor them today with Vanity Fair magazine, for their merit thanks to their continued breakthrough in the world of film industry and breaking them.” We are grateful for their wonderful contribution and can’t wait to see what they come up with next.”
It is noteworthy that the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 1 to 10 December 2022.