Renowned filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is set to take on a prestigious role at the 2023 Red Sea International Film Festival. He’s been announced as the president of the Features Competition jury for this cinematic event, which will be the festival’s third edition. This festival is scheduled to run from November 30 to December 9 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, under Luhrmann’s leadership.
Baz Luhrmann Excited to Lead RSIFF Jury and Celebrate Arabian Filmmaking Talent
The renowned filmmaker, Baz Luhrmann, known for works like “Elvis,” “Moulin Rouge!,” and “The Great Gatsby,” expressed his excitement and shared his deep admiration for the Arabian world.
“As a child in the local cinema that we ran near the tiny country town where I grew up, I was mesmerized by the powerful historical and physical landscapes of Lawrence of Arabia. Since that time, I have had an abiding passion for the Arabian world, but after visiting Saudi Arabia, I felt truly inspired by the remarkable young filmmaking talent coming up across the region and to see how they are now capturing the attention of the global film community.”Baz Luhrmann
He also praised the burgeoning filmmaking talent in Saudi Arabia and the broader Arab region. Luhrmann is honored to be part of the festival’s mission to bridge cultures through cinema, both celebrating emerging talent and established auteurs.
Baz Luhrmann Chairs Features Competition at RSIFF CEO: Mohammed Al Turki Praises Pop-Culture Contribution
Famed director Baz Luhrmann will chair the Features Competition at the 2023 Red Sea International Film Festival. This competition will feature 17 films from the Arab region, Asia, and Africa, all vying for the prestigious Yusr Awards.
RSIFF CEO Mohammed Al Turki expressed excitement about Luhrmann’s leadership, highlighting his contributions to pop culture and the creative fields. The festival anticipates the film lineup announcements and the celebration of outstanding cinema from the Arab world, Asia, and Africa.