“The Red Sea Film Festival” and “Vanity Fair” celebrate the successes of women in cinema


The “Red Sea Film Festival” and the famous “Vanity Fair” magazine chose 6 prominent personalities to honor them, in a ceremony that was held to celebrate the prominent female voices at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, located in the French Riviera, on the sidelines of the Cannes Festival. The 76th cinema.

Prominent personalities were honored for their efforts in taking great steps, breaking barriers, and paving the way for future generations in the film industry, in addition to their participation in the “Vanity Fair” podcast, under the title “Women’s Stories”, in cooperation with the “Red Sea International Film Festival”.

Jumana Al-Rashed, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Red Sea International Film Festival Foundation, affirmed the determination to continue supporting women’s voices and pushing them forward, which helps the film industry to flourish and develop.

Commenting on the ceremony, which was organized to highlight the achievements of women in the world of film industry, Joumana said: “Although the role of women in the global film industry has not yet taken the place it deserves, it is encouraging to see a record number of works directed by women filmmakers in the world. The official competition at the Cannes Festival this year, and we are also pleased to have two of the six women’s films participating in the competition, including two women who received support from the (Red Sea International Film Festival), namely: Kawthar bin Haniyeh and Ramata Tolay Sea.

The ceremony honored two creators from Saudi Arabia: the Saudi actress, director, and writer Fatima Al-Banawi, who won international and local acclaim, since her first starring, “Barakah Meets Barakah” (2016), until her latest, “Al-Hamour” (2023), which broke records in cinema.

And she played a variety of roles, including what belongs to the suspense films “A Long Trail”, and what belongs to the family drama “Heroes”, and the psychological drama “60 Minutes”, as well as the horror “Supernatural”, and the Saudi short series “Doubts” inspired by The Corona Pandemic, which Fatima co-wrote and directed as well. The year (2023) will witness her debut as a director of her first feature film; With a scenario written by Basma, which was very well received in its development stages.

And Saudi actress Mila Al-Zahrani, who co-starred in the movie “The Perfect Candidate” directed by Haifa Al-Mansour, and the film was nominated for the international “Venice Festival”, and it is expected that she will appear in the horror movie “Cello”, whose events were filmed in Saudi Arabia, alongside actor Jeremy Irons, directed by Darren. Lynn Bousman. To date, Mila Al Zahrani has 16 TV series and 4 movies.

Razan Jamal, British-Lebanese actress (SPA)

4 creators were also honored; They are: Sarah Ali Khan, Tara Emad, Razan Jamal, and Jade Osepero.


Sara Khan is known for her brilliance as one of the most famous talents in Bollywood today, since her debut in “Kedrnath” in 2018, in addition to playing unforgettable roles in the films “Simba”, “Love Aaj Kal” and “Atrangi Re”. ». Sarah is currently filming her new movie, “Killing Mubarak,” in Delhi.

While the Egyptian model and actress, Tara Emad, is the first Arab model to appear as the face of the “Chanel” group, as he recently starred in the Arab version of the American drama “Suits”, in which she embodied the character of Meghan Markle in the original version. Away from art, Tara is an activist and philanthropist, as she launched a podcast and educational platform called “Explaining Bullying”, which aims to educate society and urge listeners to acquire defensive skills to cope with this challenge.

Razan Jamal, the British-Lebanese actress, is known as the heroine of the “Paranormal” series, the first original Arabic series on the “Netflix” platform, and she joined the “DC World” superheroes in the series “Man of Sand”, in addition to Marwan Hamed’s movie “Kira Wal Jinn”. », the highest-grossing film in the history of Egyptian cinema. Razan is currently starring in the series “The Price”, which is the leading series on “MBC 1” and the “Shahid” platform.

While Jade Osepero is known as a Nigerian filmmaker, screenwriter, director and producer, and winner of several awards “Isoken, Brotherhood, and Sugar Rush”, she also holds the position of founder and CEO of “Grio Studios”, and directed, produced and co-wrote the daring crime film “ Lagos Gang”, which is the first original Nigerian movie to be broadcast exclusively on “Amazon”.

The honorees were chosen for their efforts in the film industry (SPA)

For his part, Mohamed Al-Turki, CEO of the “Red Sea International Film Festival” Foundation, said: “I have a lot of respect for the women we honor, tonight, as they are at the forefront of cultural change and the development of the face of modern cinema. Our goal, through programs to support, develop and finance films, is to help increase the number of women in front of and behind the camera, and to present touching stories that lead women to shine on the silver screen. The selection of the film (Jeanne du Barry) by French director Maywen at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival comes Evidence of supporting female voices in the film industry.

It is noteworthy that the ceremony, hosted by the Red Sea International Film Festival and Vanity Fair – Europe, was held to highlight the achievements of women in the world of the film industry, whether in front of or behind the camera, and to talk about their prominent role in shaping the film industry and inspiring the new generation. Talents in Saudi Arabia, Africa and India.

While the third session of the “Red Sea International Film Festival” will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from November 30 to December 9, 2023.