• Juries

    Feature-Length Jury



    Ana Turpin



    Dominique Barouch

    Writer, director


    Nacer Khemir

    Artist & Director


    Hassan Benjelloun





    Critic’s Jury "Mustafa Mesnaoui"

    Lahcen Laâssibi

    Journalist and critic


    Sabah Bendaoud

    Journalist and critic


    Khalil Damoune

    Writer and critic



    Documentarie’s Jury



    Adam Pianko



    Salah El-Ouadie

    Poet, writer


    Kais Zoubaidi

    Researcher, director


    Nadia Essalmi

    Publisher, novelist


    Sergio Barce Gallardo

    University lecturer, novelist


  • Competitions

    Feature-length films Competition

    1. Wajib,  Annemarie Jacir, Palestine, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, Qatar, 2017, 96’

    2. I don’t know how to say Goodbye, Lino Escalera, Spain, 2017, 96’

    3. Scary mother, Ana Urushadze, Georgia, Estonia, 2017, 107’

    4. Requiem for Madam , Bojan Vuletic, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, France, 2017, 94 ‘

    5. Polyxeni, Dora Masklavanou, Greece, 2017, 100’

    6. Heaven without people,  Lucien Bourjeily , Lebanon, 2017, 91’

    7. Benzine,  Sarra Abidi, Tunisia, 2017, 90’

    8. Pororoca,  Constantin Popescu, Romania, 2017, 152’

    9. The blessed , Sofia Djama, France, Belgium, Algeria , 2017, 104’

    10.  Cactus Flower, Hala Elkoussy, Egypt , 2017, 104’

    11.  Veleno,  Diego Olivares, Italy, 2017, 103’

    12.  The cry of the soul, Abdelilah Eljaouhary, Morocco, 2018, 95’








    1. Ghost hunting, Raed Andoni, 2017, Palestine, Qatar, France, Switzerland, 94’

    2. House in the Fields, Tala Hadid , Morocco, Qatar, France, 2017, 86’

    3. A long hot summer in Palestine,  Norma Marcos, France, Palestine, 2017, 74’

    4. 194. Us Children of the camp, Samer Salamah, Lebanon, Syria, 2017, 90’

    5. Appennino, Emiliano Dante Valentina, Italy, 2017, 66’

    6.  Armonia, Franco and my grandfather, Ladjointe Xavier, France, 2017, 70’

    7. Obscure, Soudade Kaadan, Lebanon, Syria , 2017, 58’

    8. Suspicious Package, Sofia Català and Rosa Pérez Masdeu, Spain 2017, 90’



    1- The beautiful and the hounds, Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia, Lebanon, Qatar, France, Sweden, Norway,

     Switzerland,, 2017

    2- DRUZINICA, Jan Cvitkovič, Slovenia, 2017, 109’

    3- Lucky, Sergio Castellitto, Italy 2017, 103’

    4- Burnout, Nourddine Lakhmari, Morocco, 2017, 153’

    5- Crime of the angels, Bania Medjbar, France, 2017 , 78’


    1) The stop-over, Kaveh Bakhtiari, Switzerland, France, 2013, 100’

    2) Kennedy Cornich,  Dominique Cabrera, France,2016, 94’

    3) Rengaine,  Rachid Djaïdani, France, 2012, 75’

    4) Tour de France, Rachid Djaïdani, France 2016, 95’

    5) Five Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi, Palestine, France, 2011, 90’


    Luisa Gavasa

    Spanish actress

    The great Spanish actress Luisa Gavasa first performed in her hometown Zaragoza, before moving to Barcelona, where she participated in famous plays, such as "The Death Cycle in Senara" by Salvador and Goethe de Faust. In 1976, she moved to Madrid to accompany Miguel Naros and Adolfo Marsalach in the theaters of the capital. She has also participated in many television series including “Ramond and Cajal”, “The duty chemist’s”, “Kangaroos”, “Foster brother”, “Girls of the cable”, “The cursed prince” …

    Her first feature-length film was “The complete woman” by Cesar Ardavin, then she acted for Almodovar, Miguel Piccao, José Maria Fuci, Felipe Vica, Javier Balaguer, Juan Vicente Córdoba, Salvador Garcia Ruiz and other directors. In 2010, she acted in “From your window to mine” by Paola Ortiz Alvarez. “The girlfriend” was their second collaboration, Thanks to that film, she became the first Spanish actress to win several major prizes in a single year: The Goya prize, Feroz prize, the best actress in Alexandria Film Festival. The authorities of Aragon conferred on her “The Favorite Girl” of Zaragoza in 2014. In 2016, she was chosen “The preacher of the Pilar Holidays”



    Mouna Fettou

    Moroccan actress

    In turn, the Moroccan star Mouna Fettou started her artistic career as a theater actress on the stage of “The workshop of the professional theater” in Rabat. Her talent emerged when she was just a primary school student. With the Moroccan director Abdelkader Lagtaâ, Mouna Fettou sparkles in the early 1990s in the film "A love in Casablanca”. Then, she brilliantly plays a role in the second part of the film "Looking for my wife’s husband” by Mohamed Abderrahman Tazi in 1997. That was followed by three other successful films: « Women and Women”, “A simple news item” and “Jawhara”. In 2001, she was the main character of “Thirst” by Saad Chraibi. And the list of her cinematographic interpretations is long: “And now ladies and gentlemen” (2002) by Claude Lelouch”, “I saw Benbarka get killed” (2005), “Two women on the road” (2007), “Rhimou” (2007). She also took part of many television series: “Jnan el Karma” (2001), “The daughters of Rahma” (2010) and “Aren’t we neighbors” (2010)


    Menna Salaby

    Egyptian actress

    Tetouan Mediterranean Film Festival pays tribute to four female stars of the Mediterranean: The Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby, the Italian actress Anna Bonaiuto, the Spanish actress Luisa Gavasa and the Moroccan actress Mouna Fettou. Vibrant homages will be tended to those celebrities in the movie-theater Español during the opening and the closing ceremonies of the festival, which takes place from March 25th to March 31st in Tetouan.

    The Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby is one of the most famous stars of the Egyptian cinema since the beginning of the new millennium; and this has been the case since her remarkable appearance in the movie "The magician" along with the late Mahmoud Abdel Aziz. The same year, she excelled in the movie "The storm". In 2003, in three films "Indian Film", "Talk with mom" and "Iw'a wishshak. She has also played major roles in the films "Banat wist al balad", "I love cinema", "You are my life", "Ouija", "In the station of Cairo", "One of the people" ... Her performance was exceptional in "The chaos" of Youssef Chahine. She was the main character in many important films such as "Al oula fi al ghram", "Assif ala izaj", "Microphone", "Nouara", " Le ruisseau, le pré vert et le visage ". Finally, "Tourab al nass" is her latest film.

    In parallel with the cinema, Menna Shalaby has appeared in numerous television series: "Salma ya salama", "Hadit alsabah wa al masae", "War of the spies", "Where is my heart”,” Sunset Oasis”

    Thanks to her outstanding performance in “After the battle”, she participated in Cannes Film Festival in 2012. In 2006, she was awarded the best female actress’s prize in the Catholic Center for the Egyptian Cinema and in the Egyptian Film Festival for her role in “Banat al Balad”. In 2016, her talent in the film “Nouara” made her the best female actress in Tetouan.


    Anna Bonaiuto

    Italian actress

    As for the great Italian actress Anna Bonaiuto, she played tirelessly, and each time with a renewed breath, for cinema, television and theater. She studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Italy and made her debut in the theater, under the direction of distinguished directors like Luca Ronconi, Mario Missirolo and Carlo Cecchi. Italian star Ana Bonaiuto has excelled in cinema, television and theater. She first appeared in a series of secondary roles in various films, before being entrusted, in 1978, with a major role in the film "Caresses bourgeoises" by Eriprando Visconti, where she interpreted the role of maid Armida. The 1980s where her way back the theater, without forgetting her passion for the Cinema. In 1992, Her career took a cruising speed after her performance in “The death of a Neapolitan mathematician”. Her creativity and talent in the film “Without being able to say it” by Lilia Cabani were behind her “Best supporting actress” award. She will also be assigned the leading role in “scarred love”. Thanks to this film, she will walk off with many prestigious prizes. In 2008, she was awarded the prize “Eleonora Duse” for her career in Cinema and Theater.

  • Colloquium

    Cinema and freedoms


    Driss El Korri


    Mohamed Ennaji


    Olivier Caïra


    Mouna Chimiyi


    One of the missions of the cinema since its beginnings is to give voice to the social, the economic and the political claims of the spectators, explicitly sometimes (engaged films) or implicitly (using rhetorical modes and cinematic technics like film editing for example)


    Many films from Morocco and the Arab world, were banned by the political authority (and religious) endangering not only the freedom of expression, but also the freedom of creation and consciousness (denying the right of the citizens to be conscious of a phenomenon that is threatening their freedom). Under the guise of protecting the identity, the heritage (cultural, religious…) and the ethics of the city, cinematographic works (literary and artistic works too) are prohibited. While, paradoxically, the new communication technologies (Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp…) are here to guarantee broader transnational dissemination for these films and artistic works.


    By organizing this colloquium, the TMFF aims to start a serious debate about the problematic relationship between the freedom of creation and the authorities (political, religious, ethical, artistic…) and to try to understand the complex concepts that are the basics of the relationships between the citizens and the authority.


    Many problematics and issues will be addressed: In what way are the notions of “Freedoms” and “Rights” represented in the Mediterranean cinema? By what method do the Mediterranean filmmakers establish their communication and rhetoric about the notions of freedoms and rights? How does the spectator, mainly the Arabic and the Muslim, receive the cinematic discourse that approaches the concepts of freedoms (of religious belonging, of ethnic affiliation, of opinion, of creation…)? How does the Mediterranean filmmaker escape from the constraints that restrict his creativity? By whom and how the censorship is practiced?


    Many questions about the topic will be raised by the participants and the public in an effort to throw the necessary light on those matters that preoccupy the writers and the artists, and especially the filmmakers whom works are largely diffused.


    Thematic areas:


    1. The representation of the authorities and the freedom in the Mediterranean cinema.

    2. The expression of the tensions between the filmmakers, the authority and the spectators.

    3. The artistic forms of expression that are staged to defend the freedoms.

    4. The cinema as a tool for defending the freedoms and raising awareness.

  • Round table

    The challenges of the Moroccan cinema: From the production to the distribution













    In recent years, the Moroccan cinema has been able to produce more that 20 films per year. It is an important achievement in comparison with the rate of production in many Arab countries.

    However, we should acknowledge that this progress does not go hand in hand with the quality of the cinematographic works, technically well done. It must be noted that the Moroccan cinema couldn’t find its way to the Moroccan public, due to the shutdown of the film theatres, on one side, and the absence of quite a few of Moroccan cities, on the other.

    Even if Morocco has an advanced film policy in terms of productions, important funds and clear set of specifications, a new policy should be implanted to further promote the cinema; it will take over the support and production polity in order to complete the cinema industry program in Morocco, from the production to the promotion. But, to ensure it does, we need to invest in academic training, of all cinematographic professions, by building national and regional institutes, programs and specialized curriculums.

    Furthermore, state intervention to promote the cinema does not justify the absence of the private sector: there can be no film industry without the combined efforts of the public and private sectors

    How can we persuade the private sector to invest in the cinema in Morocco, in terms of the production and the promotion? How can we create new spaces to project the films, given that the movie-theaters are shutting down successively? It is time to think about the possibility to create new projection places or cinematheques in the neighborhoods and the cities…

    What place does cinema occupy at schools and universities?

    In reality, teaching cinema requires a program and defined objectives so as to reconciliate Moroccans with the 7th art and to bring them back to the movie-theaters. Facing the supremacy of the new communication technologies and the omnipresence of the social networks, the challenge is big.

    Although private sector involvement in the film industry is crucial, alongside the public-sector initiative, the involvement of civil society is needed more than ever. In this sense, a policy should be pursued to support and encourage associations and clubs working in the film sector in Morocco.


    Khalid Zairi



    Bouchta Farq Zaid

    University teacher

    Researcher and critic




    Mohamed Chrif Tibak

    Filmmaker and critic


    Najib  Benkiran



  • Conference

    Conquest and defence of the freedom : Chaplin the filmmaker


    The long career of Chaplin, the filmmaker (81 films between 1914 and 1966) was motivated first by the fierce desire to conquer his independence, then by the concern to preserve his creative freedom in his feature length films United Artists (the company he founded himself in 1919 with Griffith, Fairbanks and Pickford). I will speak about this path and stubbornness, which concerns equally the first short films (which he quickly directed himself) until the last masterpieces (The Dictator, Mr. Verdoux, A King in New York) where he persists, in the face of the obstacles against him, to challenge the prejudices and the ideologies of his time. Thanks to his management, that he succeeded to monitor every stage and element of his movies (From financing to distribution, from screen-writing to film-editing and music). Charly was indeed one of a few full-authors in the history of cinema.



    Francis Bordat

    Francis Bordat teaches the American civilization at the University of Paris-Ouest. He had published many books and articles about the economic and sociocultural history of Hollywood. An expert in Burlesque Cinema and Charlie Chaplin, he also wrote Chaplin, the filmmaker in 1998. He is a co-founder and member of CICLAHO (Research Group on the Classical Hollywood Cinema).

  • At the school of the festival

    Presentation :

    Since its first edition, the TMFF had set itself the goal of being open to schools, at all levels (Primary schools, secondary schools, high schools and universities). It committed itself to accompanying the plan to reform the education by trying to sensitize the decision-makers about the cinema as an educational and didactic tool which is able, not only to decompartmentalise and to diversify our education, but also to develop a responsible citizen, mindful of the development of his country, willing to participate in the projects initiated by his Majesty Mohamed VI and fuelled by the universal values of peace, freedom and tolerance.


    Traineeships, workshops, courses, Master-class and conferences

    Indeed, at each edition, the Festival, in its concern to introduce the young audience to the techniques of the cinematographic language and the reading of the filmic image, devotes a large part of its programming to workshops, traineeships and Master-classes that are inspired by the philosophy of the Festival. Schoolchildren, students and university students will be mentored by professional of the Moroccan and international cinema. The objective, among others, is to teach young a better apprehension of the filmic image, to encourage them to love the cinema and to enhance their creativity and imagination


    The Set:

    This Workshop is organized with the support of the presidency of the Region Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima. It aims to train the young talents (18-30) of the city and the region on the job of the Actor. It will be conducted by the French actress Ismahane Yakine and the French comedian Pascal Thoreau.



    It is a writing and directing workshop, targeting the young talents (18-30) of Tetouan and the region. This activity is organized in partnership with Meditalent and the PACA region. It is a writing laboratory that accompanies the emergent filmmakers of the Mediterranean in the development of screen-writing. It will be conducted by two professional screen-writers.

    Alaa Eddine Aljem : Screen-writer and director (Morocco)

    Mohamed Zineddainen : Photographer, screen-writer, director and producer ( Morocco)




    Sidi Idriss School:

    From Monday, March 27th to Friday, March 30th2018 at 9: 30 Am.

    Making an animation film on the theme of freedom by the members of the Cineclub of the school.

    Conducted by the Belgian expert Fanny Alet and the teacher Souad Oulad Tahar.


    Abi Bakr As-Siddiq high school:

    From Monday, March 26th to Wednesday, March 28th2018 at 9:30 am.

    Screen-writing workshop for the members of the Cineclub of the Highschool

    Conducted by the director Mohamed Chrif Tribak



     children's movies

    Moi, moche et méchant film de Chris Renaud,  Pierre Coffin, Americain, 2017 , 1h35 mn

    CRO MAN film de Nick Park, 2018 Britanique , 1h 29mn

    IQBAL  , film de Michel Fuzellier et Babak Payami, France , 2015 , 1h 27mn




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