Oliver Stone to head jury at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival

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Legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone has been chosen to lead the jury of Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival set to take place March 12–21 in Jeddah which will screen a total of 107 features and short films.

The event next month will be Saudi Arabia’s first international festival and will focus on films from the Arab world and the Global South.


Organizers said Stone and his jury will oversee the international competition of the film festival.

“Oliver Stone is behind some of the all-time great pieces of cinema,” said Festival Director Mahmoud Sabbagh in a press release.

“Penning Scarface and Midnight Express, directing Platoon and Natural Born Killers, to name a few, he cherishes originality, craft, and creativity, values at the heart of the Red Sea FF. For a new breed of filmmakers competing for the Yusr awards, his watchful eye and sense of authorship will be inspirational,” Sabbagh added.

The jury at the film festival will give out the following prizes: Golden Yusr for Best Feature Film (Trophy, and $100,000), as well as Silver Yusrs for Best Director (Trophy, and $50,000), Best Screenplay (Trophy), Best Actor (Trophy), Best Actress (Trophy) and Best Cinematic Contribution (Trophy).

The inaugural edition of the festival will be held at the newly-built Coral Theater in Jeddah with a 1,200 seat capacity.

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