Rabat – The inaugural festival faced several organizational and economic obstacles in the beginning. However, the festival will finally see the light thanks to a partnership between the Imtidad Association for Culture and Development and the Casablanca City Council supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Ministry of Youth and Sport.
The first Arab Film Festival in Casablanca will award a best prize at the closing ceremony.
Eight films have been nominated for the award: "Diamond Dust" by Marwan Hamed, "The Journey" by Mohamed al-Daraji, "The Guest Aleppo to Istanbul" by Andac Haznedaroglu, "Volubilis" by Faouzi Bensaidi, "Dear Son" by Mohamed Ben Attia, "To the End of Time" by Yasmine Chouikh, "Writing on Snow" by Rashid Masharawi, and "Camera" by Abdullah Al Junaibi.
The festival will showcase a collection of Arab and Moroccan films, in addition to those running for the award: "Karma" by Khaled Youssef, "Solitaire" by Sophie Boutros, "Only Men Go to the Grave" by Abdulla Alkaabi, "Barakah Meets Barakah" by Mahmoud Sabbagh, "El Jaida" by Selma Baccar, "Theeb" by Naji Abu Nowar, "3000 Nights" by Mai Masri, "Sotto Voce" by Kamal Kamal, "Khnifist Food" by Sanaa Akroud, "The Orchestra of Blinds "by Mohamed Mouftakir," In Wonderland "by Jihan El Bahhar, and" Yesterday's Friends "by Hassan Benjelloun.
The festival is a wish for film critics and Arab film buffers who have wanted an Arab film festival in Morocco.
Casablanca, where many Moroccan films are produced, is known for its well-equipped film studies, developed film infrastructure and low production costs.
"The festival is the first of its kind in Morocco. We have dozens of film festivals in the country, but none of them focus entirely on Arabic film. It is also the first major cinema event to be held in Casablanca," said the director of the Casablanca Arab Film Festival, broadcaster Fatima Al-Nawali,
The festival will host workshops, round tables and a symposium focusing on the current issues facing Arab cinema and future collaboration across all the components of the film industry.
The festival will also organize educational work for young filmmakers by giving them the opportunity to meet professional filmmakers to develop their potential and knowledge in the field.
Casablanca Arab Film Festival's official poster has a picture from the Egyptian movie "Our Beautiful Days". The picture shows the main characters in the film that go alongside Casablanca landmarks in the background, indicating that Arabic cinema is synonymous with beautiful days.