Red Sea Film Festival director steps down before delayed first edition

Red Sea Film Festival director steps down before delayed first edition
Mahmoud Sabbagh had been due to host the inaugural edition in March.

Saudi filmmaker Mahmoud Sabbagh has stepped down from his role as director of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival, before the event has hosted its delayed first edition.

A statement on the event’s website and social media channels thanked Sabbagh for his efforts in launching the festival, which included setting up the Red Sea Film Festival Foundation. According to the statement, Sabbagh “will return to the Saudi film industry as a pioneering director and producer to work on his third feature film.”

The inaugural edition of
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