23 projects and films selected for the 5th edition of the Ateliers de l'Atlas

The Ateliers de l’Atlas will take place in Marrakech from November 14 to 17, 2022. The industry platform of the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), which now plays a key role in the regions it covers, has given itself the mission of support a new generation of Moroccan, Arab and African filmmakers by exhibiting their projects internationally.

For their 5th edition, the Ateliers de l’Atlas will present 16 projects in development and 6 films in post-production from 11 countries, selected from 240 applications received from the African continent and the Arab world.

This selection presents new talents such as Sameh Alaa (Egypt), winner of the Palme d’Or for short films at the Cannes Film Festival, alongside filmmakers already noticed on the international scene, such as Meryem Benm’Barek (Morocco), awarded at the Cannes Film Festival with his first feature Sofia; Rafiki Fariala (Central African Republic) and George Peter Barbari (Lebanon) discovered at the Berlinale with their films We, Students! and Death of a Virgin and the Sin of Not Living or Mamadou Dia (Senegal) awarded at the Locarno Film Festival for his film Le Père de Nafi. In addition, Moroccan filmmaker Faouzi Bensaïdi will unveil excerpts from his new film Déserts to festival directors, as part of the Atlas Film Showcase.

The 23 projects and films selected will benefit from tailor-made support from consultants in screenplay, production, distribution, editing and music before participating in the co-production market bringing together nearly 250 accredited international professionals. Juries will award financial prizes totaling 106,000 euros in cash, including the ArteKino Prize.

The Ateliers de l’Atlas will also present two round tables with a focus on scriptwriting, retracing the careers of established filmmakers and screenwriters, then a panel bringing together several key distributors from the Arab world. In parallel, professionals will share their experience on issues of sound, casting, archives and production within the framework of the Atlas Station workspace.

This year, 7 films, including 5 Moroccan, previously supported by the Ateliers de l’Atlas at the development and/or post-production stage will be presented in the program of the 19th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival: Les Damnés ne pleurent pas de Fyzal Boulifa (Morocco), Reines by Yasmine Benkiran (Morocco), Fragments from Heaven by Adnane Baraka (Morocco), Abdelinho by Hicham Ayouch (Morocco), Poissons rouges by Abdeslam Kelai (Morocco), Ashkal by Youssef Chebbi (Tunisia) and Under the figs of Erige Sehiri (Tunisia).

Here is the list of projects and films selected for the Ateliers de l’Atlas:

Projects in development

– BEHIND THE PALM TREES – Meryem BENM’BAREK (Morocco) – 2nd film
– CHILDREN OF GOD (BENIMANA) – Marie-Clémentine DUSABEJAMBO (Rwanda) – 1st film
– CONGO BOY – Rafiki FARIALA (Central African Republic, DRC) – 2nd film
– DEMBA – Mamadou DIA (Senegal) – 2nd film
– GHOST SHIP – Moïse TOGO (Mali, Cameroon) | Doc – 1st movie
– LENDE – Katy Lena N’DIAYE​ (Senegal) – 2nd film
– THE SEA IN THE DISTANCE – Saïd HAMICH BENLARBI (Morocco) – 2nd film
– PIGEON WARS – Dania BDEIR (Lebanon) – 1st film
– SO THE LOVERS COULD COME OUT AGAIN – George Peter BARBARI (Lebanon) – 2nd film
– THE PASSPORT – Rakan MAYASI (Palestine) – 1st film
– WHALE BELLY (18) – Sameh ALAA (Egypt) – 1st film

Views on the Atlas (Moroccan development projects)

– ALI – Younes BOUAB (Morocco) – 1st film
– THE ARAB APOCALYPSE – Samy SIDALI (Morocco) – 1st film
– MERCURY – Ish AÏT-HAMOU & Monir AÏT-HAMOU (Morocco) – 1st film
– SEASONS OF SILENCE – Abdeslam KELAI (Morocco) – 2nd film
– THE SUN OF OTHERS – Asmae EL MOUDIR (Morocco) | Doc – 3rd movie

Films in shooting or post-production

– BYE BYE TIBERIAS – Lina SOUALEM (Palestine) | Doc – 2nd movie
– CABO NEGRO – Abdellah TAÏA (Morocco) – 2nd film
– CHOPPED – Karam ALI & Casey ASPROOTH-JACKSON (Palestine) | Doc – 1st movie
– DISCO AFRIKA – Luck RAZANAJAONA (Madagascar) – 1st film
– INSHALLAH A BOY (INSHALLAH WALLAD) – Amjad AL RASHEED (Jordan) – 1st film
– GOLD OF LIFE – Boubacar SANGARE (Burkina Faso) | Doc – 1st movie

Atlas Films Showcase (films at the end of editing in search of a premiere in festivals)

– DESERTS – Faouzi BENSAÏDI (Morocco)

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