Red Sea Film Foundation appoints distinguished board members for cinematic advancement

Red Sea Film Foundation appoints distinguished board members for cinematic advancement

The incoming trustees bring expertise and a fresh vision, and are poised to drive the cultural impact and advancement of the Saudi film industry
08 May 24

The Red Sea Film Foundation is an independent, dynamic cultural organisation that serves as a platform for showcasing and championing the best of global, Arab, African, and Asian talent in the film industry. The foundation endeavours to bridge cultures and broaden horizons by facilitating the exploration of diverse storytelling narratives through film and cinema.

Driving the Foundation's strategic vision, the Board of Trustees has been chaired by Jomana R. Alrashid since 2022, and it has now been announced that the Red Sea Film Foundation has welcomed three new members to the Board, including Haifaa Al-Mansour, Firas Al-Turki, and Salman Al-Sudairi.

Joining existing members Abdullah Al-Ayaf Al-Qahtani and Hadeel Saleh Kamel, the Board of Trustees plays a pivotal role in the Foundation's success, and the fruitfulness of its endeavours, including projects such as the iconic Red Sea International Film Festival and the Red Sea Fund.

Haifaa Al-Mansour is widely recognised for her pioneering role as one of Saudi Arabia’s first female directors. She gained international acclaim for her film "Wadjda," which holds the distinction of being the first movie shot entirely within Saudi Arabia and the first Saudi film selected for the Oscars.

With extensive experience in high-level positions, Firas Al-Turki currently serves as the Deputy Minister for Shared Services at the Ministry of Culture. Prior to this role, he held several senior positions at the Saudi Commercial Bank.

As Managing Partner at Latham & Watkins in Riyadh, Salman Al-Sudairi offers expert advisory services across a diverse range of sectors, including energy, retail, manufacturing, defence, telecommunications, healthcare, and hospitality.

The welcomed new additions to the Board of Trustees, will further solidify and extend the reach and niche expertise of the current Board which already includes Abdullah Al-Ayaf Al-Qahtani, CEO of the Saudi Film Commission, and Hadeel bint Saleh Kamel, Chairperson of Al Tawfeek Leasing Company.

Of the new additions to the Red Sea Film Foundation Board of Trustees, Jomana R. Alrashid stated, "Our objective is to be a catalyst for film and culture and cement our reputation as a leading global platform to empower filmmakers and talents. I have no doubt that the new Board of Trustees, with their wealth of knowledge, history of achievements and understanding of the cultural and cinematic landscape will help us achieve our objectives and continue to make our mark on the world stage."

Dedicated to advancing the Saudi film industry in all facets, the newly completed Board of Trustees will work together drive this mission to strengthen the cultural and film sectors within the Kingdom and across the GCC region. The Board remains entirely committed to advancing the nation through the creative arts.

The fourth edition of Red Sea International Festival will take place December 5-14, 2024 at the new headquarters in Jeddah's Al Balad District.