Morocco-Israel: A cinematographic cooperation in perspective

During the seminar held Wednesday on the sidelines of the 38th edition of the Haifa Film Festival, organizers reviewed the prospects for Moroccan-Israeli cooperation in the film sector.

The films of Moroccan directors screened at the 38th edition of the Haifa Film Festival have been a great success, which creates, according to the organizers, a fertile ground to consider future Moroccan-Israeli

During the 2nd round table held on the sidelines of the festival, the artistic director, Yaron Shamir, highlighted the development that the Moroccan film scene and offers new prospects for partnership between the two countries. “We insisted on the presence of Moroccan cinema at the Haifa Film Festival, especially women’s cinema, which has experienced a significant qualitative development in recent years, reflected in the participation noted in major festivals.

He also added that the seven Moroccan films screened at this edition have been a major success because many Jews are from Morocco and appreciate the presence of Moroccan cinema at this festival.

In her speech, the Moroccan international producer Khadija Alami highlighted the cinema and film production in Morocco, considering that the Kingdom is now known as a popular destination for the shooting of international films. 

She added that Morocco has many directors with new visions, as well as experienced technical teams.

  For his part, Rafael Barbibay, head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Morocco-Israel, urged the film actors of both countries to establish partnerships and joint productions, inviting them to develop dialogue and exchanges in this direction.

  For his part, Youssef Britel, representative of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, explained that steps are being taken to sign an agreement between the two countries on film production.

In addition, he stressed the willingness of the Moroccan government to develop and promote the film sector, mentioning in this regard the program to rehabilitate 150 cinemas in several Moroccan regions.

In the same vein, the producer highlighted the financial and tax incentives provided by Morocco to encourage foreign investment, filming and production projects in Morocco.

As a reminder, seven films have been scheduled at the Haifa
Film Festival: “The Blue of Caftan” (2022), “Aya and the Sea”, “Adam” by Maryam Touzani (2019), “Malakat” by Yasmine Benkirane (2022), “Rock the Casbah” by Leila Marrakchi (2013), “Ya Khail Allah” (2013) and “Ali Zaoua” by Nabil Ayouch (2000).

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