Rabat — The second Marrakech Short Film Festival (MSFF) will be held from September 23 to 30 in the Ocher City under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication.

On the initiative of its founder Ramia Beladel, this event aims to create bridges between the short film industry and Marrakech, indicates a press release from the organizers, adding that the objective of this edition is to promote local talents by projecting their short films in competition with films by international filmmakers.

The MSFF focuses on setting up a platform for promoting the short film production industry and enhancing the heritage of abandoned cinemas in Morocco, the statement said.

In open-air spaces, the public will be able to enjoy the screening of a wide selection of films in mythical places in the ocher city, including the Badii Palace, Arset Moulay Abdesalam, the stars of Jamaa el Fna, Dar Cherifa and Mbacha.

The second edition of the festival will welcome Palestine as guest of honor with an important selection of Palestinian short films under the direction of producer May Odeh in partnership with the Palestinian Film Institute in collaboration with the Palestinian Embassy, ​​reveals the same source.

The international selection includes Germany, Armenia, France, Greece, Italy (in partnership with the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Center in Rabat), Israel, Poland (in partnership with the Embassy of this country and the Association of Polish Filmmakers Munk Studio), Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

The Moroccan selection, meanwhile, includes ten films including six in competition with the participation of directors and actors such as Malika El Omari, Mohamed Khouyi, Said Bey, Azelarab Kaghat, Jalila Talemsi, Salwa Zahrane, Mansour Badri and many others. ‘others.

The MSFF jury will be chaired by actress Asmaa El Khamlichi, assisted by photographer Saad Tazi and Moroccan-German visual artist Younes Atbane.

Also on the program of the MSFF, conferences and Masterclass with the participation of distinguished guests, including the Moroccan director Daoud Oulad Siyed, the Croatian director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović who won the prestigious Camera d’or prize for best first film during the Fortnight of the Directors at the Cannes Film Festival 2021, a film produced by Martin Scorcess, the Egyptian producer Muhammad Taymour which won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival – Short Films Competition (2020).

The second edition of the MSFF is initiated in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, Maroc Telecom, the Moroccan Cinema Center, the Regional Directorate of Culture Marrakech-Safi region, the Regional Investment Center Marrakech-Safi, and in collaboration with the Association le Grand Atlas, concludes the press release.