Unot resumed after two years of absence due to Covid-19. The opening ceremony of this edition, organized until September 24, was marked by a special tribute paid to the late Noureddine Saïl, who greatly contributed to the development of Moroccan, African and international cinema.
The organizers also paid tribute to producer Souad Lamriki and director Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi, while commemorating a panoply of artists and directors who died between 2020 and 2022, including Abdel Azim El Shennawy, Aziz Saadallah, Touria Jebrane, Aziz El Fadili , Hammadi Ammor and Ahmed Badouj, among others.
In a speech on this occasion, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, indicated that “this edition is an ideal opportunity to highlight the quality of national film production, the richness of our culture, its openness to the world and its attachment to its authenticity and its glorious history”.
In his speech, the Minister did not fail to pay tribute to the late Noureddine Saïl, one of the emblematic figures of Moroccan cinema and to whom this edition was dedicated.
The opening ceremony saw the presentation of the members of the jury of the three competitions scheduled for this edition, namely the fiction feature film competition, the short film competition and the documentary feature film competition.
Chaired by Driss Anouar, audiovisual sector expert and former deputy general manager in charge of technique and production of the “2M” channel, the jury for the 22nd FNF fiction feature film competition includes Lahcen Zinoun (filmmaker, choreographer) , Touria Majdouline (academic, writer and poet), Mohamed Tarrous (academic, film critic), Bilal Marmid (journalist, film critic), Bouchra Boulouiz (writer) and Belaid El Akkaf (songwriter).
The short film competition jury is made up of director Layla Triqui, in her capacity as president, and members Ghizlane Assif (director, chief editor), Ikram Zaid (journalist), Mohamed Abid (columnist , poet) and Bouchra Boumarej (costumer, costume designer).
Chaired by director Daoud Aoulad Syad, the jury for the feature-length documentary competition includes Mariem Ait Belhoucine (professor of journalism, doctor of cinema) and Abdelwahab Sibaouaih (doctor of letters, collector of manuscripts and archives). Nineteen prizes divided between the three competitions will be awarded by the three juries.
The opening of the edition was also punctuated by the screening of two films by director Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi, namely “Le voleur d’images” (1995) and “Le grand voyage” (1981) which was screened for the first time in the kingdom after its restoration.
This year’s program also includes a round table on “The Film Market”, which will allow the discussion of topics relating to the distribution and exploitation of films in the era of digitization, as well as professional meetings to debate of the reality of national cinema and the prospects for its development, in addition to the presentation of film production for the years 2020 and 2021, and other parallel activities.
On the sidelines of the 22nd edition of the FNF, the 4th edition of the “Ivorian Film Week in Morocco” will take place in the city of Detroit, as part of the strengthening of cooperation between the Kingdom and Côte d’Ivoire, and in application of the provisions of the co-production and film exchange agreement between the CCM and the National Film Office of Côte d’Ivoire, signed in November 2011.