The President’s message

After last year’s edition, which was so rich in spirit and emotion, the Marrakech International Film Festival returns, once again passionately driven by the values that inspire us: bringing together cultures and encountering other people and ideas to contribute to making the world a better place for all.

This eighteenth edition of the Festival again highlights the depth and beauty of cinema: a programme lush with discoveries, centered on a competition revealing new talent under the watchful eye of a jury chaired this year by celebrated Scottish performer and producer Tilda Swinton.

The Festival will take film lovers around the world, offering the opportunity to travel through a Moroccan Panorama, a survey of Australia’s century-long cinematic output, an international selection of films for young audiences, and a look at the imaginative use of the language of cinema in the 11th Continent.

We pay tribute this year to four legendary names of filmmaking: the tremendous US actor, director, and producer Robert Redford; monumental French director Bertrand Tavernier; radiant superstar Priyanka Chopra Jonas; and Morocco’s own national treasure, Mouna Fettou, whose performances have had a significant impact on our contemporary national cinema.

Launched last year, the Atlas Workshops return to enhance the network of film professionals working on the African continent and in the Middle East through a meeting platform that serves projects at various stages of production.

A series of on-stage Conversations with great names in cinema also provides for an exchange of knowledge, experience, and cultures with the public and the film industry at large.

I dearly hope this edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival will bring many moments of happiness, and that we may all take this time to strengthen the bonds that unite us in friendship through the seventh art as we redouble our efforts to envision a more peaceful world.