Saudi filmmaker Fatima AlBanawi, Jordanian producer Nadia Eliewat and Egyptian actress Tara Emad were among the stars from the Mena region who attended the Women’s Celebration of the Red Sea International Film Festival at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

They were joined by Saudi actress Mila Al Zahrani, Lebanese blogger Karen Wazen and international stars such as Naomi Campbell, who showed up in their most glamorous looks at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel on Saturday.

Scroll through the gallery above to see photos from day five of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Saudi producer Mohammed Al Turki, who is also chairman of the Red Sea International Film Festival committee, spoke at the event, which celebrated women in film across the world.

The inaugural Jeddah Film Festival, which took place in December, focused on putting women in the spotlight, and among those honored at the opening ceremony for their contribution to cinema were French actress Catherine Deneuve, Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour and Egyptian actress Laila Eloui.

Scroll through the gallery below to see photos from the opening ceremony of the Red Sea Film Festival:

Other famous faces from the area include Raya Abirached, Yasmine Sabri and Salma Abu Deif, the Egyptian actress who also attended the Chopard Loves Cinema gala dinner at the Martinez Hotel on Saturday night.

With a new generation of filmmaking talent and striking locations waiting to be used, the Saudi Film Commission brings together key players in the country’s creative sector to make a strong case at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Alongside a delegation of young filmmakers presenting their latest work at the Short Film Corner, the Saudi Arabia pavilion is organizing a round table, entitled State of Arabia, at the Marché du Film, the Cannes film market.

Film AlUla, the film agency of the Royal Commission for AlUla, is also hosting a panel at the US pavilion, to showcase the country as a global film hub, while the Saudi pavilion previews eight local feature films that have been completed in the past year.

The Red Sea Film Festival event took place on the fifth day of the annual French film festival, now in its 75th year.

Other events on Saturday included screenings of NMRa film set in a village in Transylvania during the 2019-2020 holiday season, which British actress Tilda Swinton attended, and Smoking makes you cough (Smoking makes you cough)a French comedy in which a group of vigilantes meet for a week-long retreat.

Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke and Lady Victoria Hervey, meanwhile, attended the premiere of triangle of sadnesswhich follows two models and a maid stranded on a desert island with a group of billionaires.

Updated: May 22, 2022, 10:42 a.m.

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