AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL ON A HUMAN SCALE, DESIGNED FOR CITIZENS
Over the years, the Marrakech Festival has succeeded in asserting its own identity: a majestic ceremonial event with its own special charm, a warm welcome, an enthusiastic audience and an editorial line that is deliberately open to the wider cultural and artistic experience of world cinema. Prestigious juries made up of some of the top names in international filmmaking each year discern the Festival’s highest award – the Golden Star – which is presented to the best feature film in Competition. Some vibrant tributes have been paid to the cinematographic output of certain overseas territories, celebrated in the presence of high-level official delegations of actors, directors and industry professionals. Other tributes have been paid to outstanding movie talents of today, from both Morocco and elsewhere. Among the Festival’s audacious and unique initiatives is a scheme for the partially-sighted and blind to allow them to share the pleasure of cinema along with other festival-goers. This started in 2008, using audio-description during the screening of Moroccan and foreign films. In 2009, the first campaigns of eye surgery for disadvantaged people in rural areas were launched.