Morocco World News
Fez, February 29, 2012
The 1st edition of the National Festival of Short Films will be organized in Oujda March 1-3 at the Center of Human and Social Studies and Research (CERHSO).
The festival will start with the film Androman directed by the Moroccan director Az al-Arab al-Alaoui Lamharzi. This acclaimed film is among recently produced movies that deal with humanistic issues affecting Moroccan society. It won four awards at the National Film Festival in Tangier at the end of last year.
This 1st edition will include two competitions. The first one is the Silver Competition and it is aimed at cinema clubs that belong to educational and non-educational institutions as well as to amateurs.
The second is the Golden Competition, which is intended for cinema professionals. In this regard, the festival received 80 Moroccan short films to participate in the competitions. After watching and evaluating all the short films, the jury selected 19: 10 short films to compete in the Silver Competition and 9 short films at the Golden one. These films as follow:
The Golden Competition:
– Silence du Murs by Mohammed Kouman and Ibrahim al-Hannoudi
– Al-Bayer by Rachid Chiekh
– 30 Seconds by Ghalia Qissi
– Clics et Déclics by Abdelilah al-Jawhari
– Vers une Nouvelle Vie by Abdellatif Amejkak
– Rahma by Mounia Rokh
– Plastique by Abdelkabir Rkakna
– Riad Si I’esa by Abdelilah Abdedayem
– Mokhtar by Halima Ouedghiri
The Silver Competition:
– Zahra by Mohammed Hmidach Ghoulam
– Alwan by Sirin Walout
– Al-Hodn al-Akhar by Abdelali Lekhliti
– Lkhawa by Khalid Sli
– Sir men Zoujaj by Charaf ben Cheikh
– Machi Mrati by Ibrahim ben Khedda
– Sarah by Hamza Bou L’aazza
– Al-Wahd by Hamid Azizi
– Bye Bye Sekouila by Rachid ben Zinn
– Amina by Aziz Baaiqa
In addition, a special screening of the short film Hada ‘Oudi w ana Moulah by Fadil Abdellatif for which he won Best Director at the 9th edition of the Educational Short Film Festival (2010) in Fez.
The festival seeks to encourage and motivate the talented youth of the Eastern region and all of Morocco who are interested in this field to produce and screen their works with an audience of experts and professionals, especially that in this day of age there are various accessible ways for film production that are independent and not expensive for aspiring artists.
This edition will also be an occasion to honor great Moroccan figures who are known for their contributions and creativity either in theater, cinema or the silver screen productions. Among these names are: the great theater artist Yahya Bou Dlal, the actress Majida Benkiran and the actor Mohammed Qissi.
Technical and artistic workshops will be organized in various fields: in scenario by the Moroccan scriptwriter Youssef Ait Hemmou and in film editing by Latifa Nemi who is the Director of Montage at the CCM (Centre Cinematographique Marocain). There will also be workshops for educational cinematic clubs given and moderated by Charaf ben Chiekh, in addition to open meetings and discussions about “Educational Cinema and Clubs.” The latter is being arranged by the president of the Educational Film Festival of Fez, Prof. Abdessalam Mousaoui and the cinema researcher, Pof.Farid Boujida.
A national symposium will also be held under the theme “Cinema after the Arab Spring Revolutions” with the participation of the Moroccan director Az al-Arab al-Alaoui Lamharzi, film critic Mohammed Chouika, the film critic and journalist Hamid Tbatou, the university professor and film and theater critic Mohammed Ramadani, the university professor and researcher in the field of the image Mouley Ahmed al-Kamoun, and the scriptwriter and cinema researcher Youssef Ait Hemmou.
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