Hayy Cinema Open Call: Kef Hayyak?

Hayy Cinema is defined by its unique approach of curated and research-oriented filmic content that intends to nurture the audience in an atmosphere of curiosity and inclusivity, and this is your chance to be a part of it!

While Hayy Jameel is your community hub where you’ll be able to wander and chill, we are curious to know more about your own neighborhood. Whether it’s the coffee shop around the corner where you like to hang out at the end of the day or grab your chai early in the morning, or it’s an amazing view from an unknown spot… surprise us with hidden gems, people, and sites that make Jeddah so unique. Cinema is about perspective and angles, and we want you to choose the way you’d like to show us Kef Hayyak!


The selected applicants will have the chance to screen their films to a professional jury committee from the Saudi film industry, and the winning film will be programmed as part of Red Sea International Film Festival Documentary Days at Hayy Cinema (June 2024).


Art Jameel will organize shuttles or mini buses from & to Hayy Jameel for selected candidates from remote neighborhoods if necessary.

Requirements to apply

Beginners, aspiring filmmakers
Ages 15+
Jeddah Residents
Preferably Arabic speakers
Parental approval required
All filming should preferably be done on a phone, the use of professional cameras is prohibited
By signing up you agree to attend the orientation meeting (23 March 2024), check-in and feedback sessions (6 April 2024), and jury sessions held at Hayy Cinema (27 April 2024)
By signing up you agree to being photographed and having your photographs published at Hayy Jameel’s discretion
By signing up you give Hayy Cinema rights to the film produced and acknowledge that the film could possibly be screened there