The Marrakech International Film Festival has unveiled the 25 projects that will be presented at the sixth edition of its industry-focused Atlas Workshops, aimed at nurturing emerging Moroccan, Arab and African talent.
Running from November 27 to 30, the event will present 16 projects in development and nine films in production or post-production from 11 countries, selected from among the 320 applications received from the Arab world and African continent.
This selection features new projects by a number of filmmakers who have already made their mark internationally such as Erige Sehiri’s Marie & Jolie and Khadar Ayderus Ahmed’s The Gravedigger’s Wife.
Tunisian director Sehiri made waves with Under The Fig Trees which debuted Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, while Ahmed The Gravedigger’s Wife won wide acclaim after world premiering in Cannes Critics’ Week.
The teams of the 25 selected projects and works-in-progress will receive tailored support from consultants with expertise in the areas of screenwriting, production, distribution, editing, and music, before participating in a Co-Production Market attended by some 250 accredited international professionals.
Juries will award cash prizes totaling €126,000, including the ArteKino Prize.
The full list of projects
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
AMNESIA – Dima HAMDAN (Palestine) – 1st film
HOLD TIME FOR ME (SEGURA PARA MIM O TEMPO) – Fradique (Angola) – 2nd film
IL PADRE SELVAGGIO – Sammy BALOJI (Democratic Republic of the Congo) – 1st film
LA NUIT NOUS PROTÈGE – Moumouni SANOU (Burkina Faso) | Doc – 2nd film
PLAGUE (FLÉAU) – Youssef CHEBBI (Tunisia) – 2nd film
RABIES (LA RAGE) – Sandra TABET (Lebanon) – 1st film
RUNNING WITH BEASTS – Leila BASMA (Lebanon) – 1st film
THE CAMEL DRIVING SCHOOL – Halima OUARDIRI (Morocco) – 1st film
THE PASSION OF ALINE (LA PASSION D’ALINE) – Rokhaya Marieme BALDE (Senegal) – 1st film
THUNDERING SMOKE (MOSI-OA-TUNYA) – Khadar Ayderus AHMED (Somalia) – 2nd film
WE DON’T FORGET – Adnane BARAKA (Morocco) – 2nd film
WOLFMOTHER (LES FILS DE LA LOUVE) – Ismaël EL IRAKI (Morocco) – 2nd film
ATLAS CLOSE-UPS (Moroccan projects in development)
ATLANTIC MIRAGE (LA FIN DE L’ÉTÉ) – Hakim MAO (Morocco) – 1st film
OUT OF SCHOOL – Hind BENSARI (Morocco) | Doc – 2nd film
ROAD TRIP – Linda QIBAA (Morocco) | Doc – 1st film
SHEHRAZADE’S BIRDS (LES OISEAUX DE SHEHRAZADE) – Sofia EL KHYARI (Morocco) – 1st film
FILMS IN PRODUCTION OR POST-PRODUCTION
AGORA – Ala Eddine SLIM (Tunisia) – 3rd film
LA MER AU LOIN – Saïd HAMICH BENLARBI (Morocco) – 2nd film
MARIE & JOLIE – Erige SEHIRI (Tunisia) | Pre-Production – 3rd film
MOTHERHOOD – Meryam JOOBEUR (Tunisia) – 1st film
PERFUMED WITH MINT – Muhammed HAMDY (Egypt) – 1st film
THE MAGMA – Mia BENDRIMIA (Algeria) | Doc – 1st film
THE VILLAGE NEXT TO PARADISE – Mo HARAWE (Somalia) – 1st film
ATLAS FILM SHOWCASE (films in final stages of editing seeking festival premieres)
DEMBA – Mamadou DIA (Senegal)
HAPPY LOVERS – Hicham LASRI (Morocco)