the future of support for national cinema production in question

A host of actors, filmmakers and artists discussed, Saturday in Tangier, around the theme of “the future of the national film production aid fund”, during a conference organized on the sidelines of the 22nd edition of the National Film Festival (FNF), which is held from September 16 to 24 in the city of Detroit.

This meeting, moderated by the president of the Commission for aid to the production of cinematographic works, Ghita El Khayat, set itself the objective of starting a serene discussion on aid for the cinema and to discuss the results of this support which are the subject of an often critical discourse, particularly in terms of the quantity/quality ratio.

El Khayat recalled that the functioning of the commission consists in receiving a certain number of files and carefully examining the cinematographic projects, in particular the scenarios, recalling that the projects in the running are composed of an artistic part and another financial.

It is at the end of the deliberation that the members of the Commission of the support fund for the production of cinematographic works take their decisions, she underlined.

The Commission is composed of 11 members, she said, noting that the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) begins, before appointing its members, a prospecting process for the selection of suitable people who will be called upon to make complex decisions. .

“The late Noureddine Saïl had set himself the objective of considerably increasing the number of Moroccan cinematographic productions”, she noted, adding that today, “we have achieved this objective, since we are between 20 and to 35 Moroccan films, all categories combined”.

“We were able to overtake a country like Egypt, which in the 1950s was the second largest producer of films in the world after the United States,” she rejoiced.

The same official nevertheless maintained that “the offer is now very limited compared to the gigantic quantity of cinematographic projects”, considering that the current system has reached its limits.

“We have to invent another system,” she insisted, proposing as an example to set up quality bonuses with a fixed percentage, depending on cinema admissions.

This quality bonus, according to her, could be of extreme importance, since it will make it possible to encourage and improve the quality of cinematographic works.

El Khayat also suggested moving towards a private fund model, noting that in France, for example, the Center National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) now establishes a price system purchase of productions, “a successful model that can be adopted in Morocco.

Placed under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI, the National Film Festival aims to promote Moroccan cinema, encourage the work of professionals in the sector and provide a space for meeting, interaction and exchange.

The 22nd edition of the FNF, dedicated to the memory of the late Nour-Eddine Saïl, offers three competitions: feature films, short fiction films and feature documentaries.

The program for this edition also includes the “Film Market”, which will discuss issues related to the distribution and exploitation of films in the era of digitization and its new forms. Also planned are professional meetings on the reality of national cinema and the prospects for its development, the presentation of film production for the years 2020 and 2021, and other parallel activities.

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