The International Film Festival in Marrakesh, one of the most prominent cinematic events in the African continent, has been postponed to a “later date”, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, for the second year in a row, according to what its organizers announced.
The 19th edition of the festival was supposed to take place between November 29 and December 7. The 2020 edition was canceled due to the health crisis.
However, the “Atlas Workshops”, a program to support young filmmakers in Africa and the Middle East, will remain on schedule and take place between November 22-25, festival organizers said in a statement published by the official MAP.
Through these events supported by “Netflix”, “the International Film Festival in Marrakech continues to develop its experiences to discover new film talents in Africa and the Arab world,” according to the statement.
Egyptian director Omar Al-Zuhairi, who was among the winners of the “Atlas Workshops”, won the Grand Prix of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival in July for his film “Feathers”.
Big names in world cinema have participated in the Marrakech Festival since its launches, such as American director Martin Scorsese, Iranian Abbas Kiarostami, and Hungarian Bella Tar.