Rabat - Ouarzazate officials have reportedly dubbed the city’s new annual festival “Ouallywood,” emulating the well-known entertainment industries Hollywood and Bollywood.
Rabat – Ouarzazate officials have reportedly dubbed the city’s new annual festival “Ouallywood,” emulating the well-known entertainment industries Hollywood and Bollywood.
The festival is scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 April under the theme “One thousand and one nights.”
The event aims to spotlight the southern city as a preferred destination for international film directors and producers. The film festival’s name references famous entertainment industries, like those of the US and India.
The three-day event will include a series of activities such as workshops, artistic competitions, musical performances, photographic exhibitions, and film screenings in different sites in Ouarzazate.
Representatives of several countries such as the US, Tunisia, France and Canada are expected to attend.
The festival will be organized by the regional and municipal councils, the prefecture of Ouarzazate Province, the Council of the Draa-Tafilalt region and the local film committee.
Filmmakers from all over the world have long flocked to Ouarzazate, nicknamed “the door of the desert.”
In 2012 the French TV channel France 3 reported that the city is the world’s second film-making destination after Hollywood. The previous year, the Belgian news website Derniere Heure ranked the southern city among the best destinations for international filmmakers.
Many international films have been shot in Ouarzazate, such as “Mission Cleopatra,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Asterix & Obelix,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “The Man Would Be King” and “Babel.”
“The door of the desert” is home to the Atlas Studios, one of the largest film studios in the world.
Edited by Kelsey Fish