Rabat: the inaugural festival faced several organizational and financial obstacles at the beginning. However, the festival will finally see the light thanks to an badociation between the Imtidad Association for Culture and Development and the city of Casablanca with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The first Casablanca Arab Film Festival will award an award for the best film 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 display a collection of Arab and Moroccan films, beyond those competing 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 R & # 39; mad "by Sanaa Akroud, "The Orchestra of Blinds" by Mohamed Mouftakir, "In Wonderland" by Jihan El Bahhar, and "Yesterday & # 39; s Friends" by Hbadan Benjelloun.
The festival is a wish come true for film critics and Arab filmmakers who have wanted an Arab film festival in Morocco.
Casablanca, where many Moroccan films are produced, is notable for its well-equipped film studios, 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 focuses exclusively on Arab cinema. In addition, it is the first major cinematographic event to be held in Casablanca, "said the director of the Arabic Film Festival of Casablanca, the station Fatima Al-Nawali.
The festival will host workshops, round tables and a symposium focusing on the current problems facing Arab cinema and the future of cooperation in all components of the film industry.
The festival will also organize training workshops for young filmmakers, giving them opportunities to meet professional filmmakers to develop their potential and knowledge in the field.
The official poster of the Casablanca Arab Film Festival shows an image of the Egyptian film "Our beautiful days". The image shows the main characters of the film walking along with the Casablanca landmarks in the background, which indicates that Arab cinema is synonymous with beautiful days.