🎬 Cannes Makers Partners With the Red Sea Labs & the Red Sea International Film Festival

The Red Sea partners will participate in the new program aimed at the next generation of film industry professionals with a special focus in international sales.

The Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Red Sea Labs and the Red Sea Film Festival for the inaugural edition of the Cannes Makers program, running from 22 to 24 May 2023 in Cannes.

This new three-day program will host a new generation of professionals and provide them with personalized coaching, networking opportunities and professional skills development with a special focus on the international sales process.

Eight participants were selected from over 250 applications from 65 countries, including Greece, Germany, Nepal, France, Ukraine and Morocco.

In partnership with the Red Sea Labs and the Red Sea Film International Film Festival, three additional participants from Saudi Arabia will be integrated into the program: Raghad Bajbaa and Shahd Abonamai from Saudi Arabia and Marwan Elshafie, a Saudi resident from Egypt. These filmmakers were selected by Red Sea Labs, a platform established by the Red Sea Film Foundation to provide comprehensive support to filmmakers in realizing their creative vision and bringing their projects to life from inception to production.

Following Cannes, all 11 participants will reunite for a second session of Cannes Makers as part of the Red Sea Labs program to be held at the Red Sea Film International Film Festival in December 2023. This program extension in Jeddah will continue to focus on international sales, but with a special emphasis on the Middle East.

Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the Red Sea Film Foundation, said, “We are delighted to partner with the Marché du Film, one of the largest and most respected film markets in the world. The Cannes Makers program supports the Red Sea’s objectives to support, promote and celebrate a new generation of storytellers and further strengthen our ties within the industry as we rapidly evolve. I’m proud to see filmmakers from Saudi Arabia included in the selection, this is the perfect platform for them to develop and collaborate with filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world.

Three young professionals from Saud Arabia will join Cannes Makers in Cannes:

Shahad Abonomai – Saudi Arabia
Raghad Bajbaa – Saudi Arabia
Marwan Elshafie – Saudi Arabia, Egypt

… in addition to the 8 participants already announced:

Eyva Cibrelis-Octaville – France
Angel Lama – Nepal
Darya Levchenko – Ukraine
Clemens Meyer – Germany
Alphonse Morain – France
Noa Nwande – France
Mamoun Scally – Morocco
Errika Zacharopoulou – Greece

This new partnership between Cannes Makers, Red Sea Labs and the Red Sea International Film Festival aims to foster the next generation of film industry professionals and help strengthen international collaboration and ties with the film industry.


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