Since 2010 | THE AGE OF MATURITY AND COMMITMENT TO MOROCCAN CINEMA
Acknowledged for the professionalism of its organization, the quality of its programming and its high-level guests, the Marrakech Festival has joined the ranks of the world’s greatest film festivals. An international gathering and unrivaled place of exchange for the African continent and the wider Arab world, the event contributes to the development of creativity and coproductions, along with the emergence of a genuine Moroccan cinematographic culture and the promotion of national film production beyond national borders. Priority has been given to educational activities – notably through partnership with the Mediterranean writers’ workshop Meditalents and various conventions signed with certain European bodies (Meda Film Development, Euromed) – and the promotion of short films with local audiences through a spotlight on Moroccan film schools and their students (around 20 schools and training institutes in the crafts of cinema and visual arts to-date), in particular through the creation of the Festival’s Cinécoles Competition, generously funded by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid. The Foundation appointed in 2015 Mohamed Sarim El Haq Fassi Fihri as Executive Vice-President and Ms Fadwa Megzari as General Secretary.
MOROCCO AND THE MARRAKECH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AS A CINEMATOGRAPHIC CROSSROADS OF CREATIVITY AND THE MOVING IMAGE
. In little more than a decade, the Marrakech International Film Festival has managed to find its place in the international calendar of major film events. It is now seen as a key gathering for filmmaking talent, industry executives and audiences from the Arab world and beyond, marrying top-flight programming including some audacious discoveries, prestigious tributes, professional screening facilities, a warm welcome, and respectful audiences eager to share their passion: cinema. Through the Festival they host, Marrakech and Morocco have together remained true to their ambitions of creating a land of promotion for local, national and international cinema, a land of movie production.