Atlas Workshops of the Marrakech International Film Festival: 23 projects selected

Les Ateliers de l’Atlas, a film industry platform organized on the sidelines of the Marrakech International Film Festival is in its fifth edition. This year’s vintage will take place from November 14 to 17, 2022.

The Atlas Workshops will take place in Marrakech from November 14 to 17, 2022 on the sidelines of the International Film Festival scheduled for November 11 to 19, 2022.

This FIFM industry platform is in its fifth edition and, according to several film professionals, plays an essential role in the regions it covers and has set itself the task of supporting a new generation of Moroccan, Arab and African filmmakers in exhibiting their projects internationally.

This year, the Ateliers de l’Atlas will present 16 projects in development and 6 films in post-production from 11 countries, in all 23 films selected from 240 applications received from the African continent and the Arab world.

The selection will present new talents such as Sameh Alaa (Egypt), winner of the Palme d’Or for short films at the Cannes Film Festival, alongside filmmakers already noticed on the international scene, such as Meryem Benm’Barek (Morocco), award-winning at the Cannes Film Festival with his first feature film Sofia; Rafiki Fariala (Central African Republic) and George Peter Barbari (Lebanon) discovered at the Berlinale with their films We students! and Death of a Virgin and the Sin of Not Living or Mamadou Dia (Senegal) awarded at the Locarno Festival for his film Nafi’s Father. In addition, Moroccan filmmaker Faouzi Bensaïdi will unveil excerpts from his new film deserts to festival directors, as part of the Atlas Film Showcase.

The 23 projects and films selected will benefit from tailor-made support from consultants in screenplay, production, distribution, editing and music before participating in the co-production market bringing together nearly 250 accredited international professionals. Juries will award financial prizes totaling 106,000 euros in cash, including the ArteKino Prize.

Also planned are two round tables with a focus on screenwriting, retracing the careers of established filmmakers and screenwriters, then a panel bringing together several key distributors from the Arab world. In parallel, professionals will share their experience on issues of sound, casting, archives and production within the framework of the Atlas Station workspace.

This year, 7 films, including 5 Moroccan, previously supported by the Ateliers de l’Atlas at the development and/or post-production stage will be presented in the programming of the 19e edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival: The Damned don’t cry by Fyzal Boulifa (Morocco), queens by Yasmine Benkirane (Morocco), Fragments from Heaven by Adnane Baraka (Morocco), Abdelinho by Hicham Ayouch (Morocco), Goldfish by Abdeslam Kelai (Morocco), Ashkal by Youssef Chebbi (Tunisia) and under the figs by Erige Sehiri (Tunisia).

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Atlas Workshops of the Marrakech International Film Festival: 23 projects selected