Communiqué de Presse
First Edition, Recap
The Marrakech Short Film Festival MARRAKECHsFF, the cadet child of the Moroccan cultural and cinematographic scene announces a second edition starting from September 23rd until September 30th of the current year.
MARRAKECHsFF, is the first open-air film festival in Morocco, promises cinema lovers a second edition that is committed to promoting and supporting the development of talented Moroccan filmmakers by offering them visibility and opportunity to forge links with national and international producers. The MARRAKECHsFF is also committed to defending the heritage of abandoned cinemas in Marrakech.
The first edition of the MARRAKECHsFF was held last year from October 29th to November 5th, 2021, in the context of the pandemic and respecting precautions, the MARRAKECHsFF was the first film festival to be held in person
The festival took place in an intimate atmosphere of no more than 70 people due to the pandemic, however it did not make it any less warm after 2 years of cultural void. With a high quality program that has earned the festival wide regional, national and international press coverage.
The festival presented 42 short films from 14 countries in three selections:
The Moroccan selection / The Selection of the country of honor / the international selection.
- The Moroccan selection: the competition focused on Moroccan films, 3 of which were awarded by the jury which consisted of: Kamal Hachkar at the head of the jury assisted by Tarek Mounim and Mehdi Sefrioui.
Belarj Prize: best director for Youssef Ghanem for his film “Far From Casablanca”
Bahja Prize: best actor for Mohamed Hamimsa for his role in the film “The Philosopher
by Abdellatif Fdil”
Nakhil Prize: best film for Karim Tajouaout for his film “Ghost Of Spacetime ”.
- Egypt was the country of honor of the first edition, which worthily occupied its place in
presenting an excellent selection, carried by eminent actors of Egyptian cinema such as Ahmed Kamal and Tarek Abdel Aziz.
From the international selection, the MARRAKECHsFF presented films from Tunisia, the United States, England, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada and others. Among this selection the short film “Maradona’s Legs” by director Firas Khoury was selected “Coup de Coeur” of the festival.