The Marrakech Worldwide Movie Pageant has opted to postpone its nineteenth version, citing the present world well being state of affairs. Nonetheless, the Pageant Basis will proceed to current its trade and expertise improvement program with the fourth version of the Atlas Workshops to be performed on-line from November 22-25 with the assist of Netflix. This follows the same path to 2020 when the Moroccan fest was additionally canceled and the Atlas Workshops, which launched in 2018, have been moved on-line.
The mission of the workshops is to assist the brand new era of Moroccan, Arab and African filmmakers by way of bespoke session, in addition to to show them to the worldwide market by way of the presentation of their tasks at a co-production market.
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In 2021, two winners of the Atlas Prize for Submit-Manufacturing have been chosen for competitors on the Cannes Movie Pageant’s Critics’ Week: Khadar Ahmed’s The Gravedigger’s Spouse and Egyptian filmmaker Omar El Zohairy’s Feathers, which gained the Grand Prize in that part. Tug Of Struggle, by Tanzanian director Amil Shivji, had its world premiere at this 12 months’s Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant.
Final 12 months’s award winners additionally included Sofia Alaoui’s Amongst Us (Morocco), a challenge in improvement that gained the Artekino Worldwide Prize of the Franco-German channel Arte; and the Atlas Prize for Submit-Manufacturing, which was awarded to Nelson Makengo’s Rising Up At Evening (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
A swank and multi-cultural affair that has usually drawn Hollywood A-listers, the Marrakech Pageant has additionally skilled some rising pains in recent times, having sat out 2017 resulting from a reported lack of sponsorship. It returned in 2018 beneath the stewardship of Christoph Terhechte as Inventive Director, who stepped down after two editions. Cannes Critics’ Week veteran Rémi Bonhomme was appointed Inventive Director in early 2020.