The International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema of Tetouan
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Assessment of the 23rd edition of the International Festival of the Mediterranean Cinema of Tetouan
The 23rd edition of the International festival of the Mediterranean Cinema of Tetouan took place from March 25th to April 1st, 2017 in Tetouan.
24 Mediterranean countries participated in this edition, in all the proposed sections. 10500 persons, all ages and both genders included, enjoyed the proposed program in the different projection rooms (Avenida, Teatro Espanol, French Institute, Cervantes Institute, Cultural Center), along with thousands of people who followed the activities of this edition in Feddan Square and the big screen that was set up in My Mehdi square (City center).
As part of the section « At the school of cinema », about 3000 primary school students, coming from private and public schools, in addition to two schools from the rural area, took joy in watching animated films that discuss Mediterranean topics. 400 educational passes were offered to student from the ENA, the science faculty, the polydisciplinary university and the INBA, 2400 tickets were given to students from primary and secondary schools and 900 “members” cards were distributed amongst the lovers of the Cinema.
The festival welcomed 190 official guests, including 90 from 13 Mediterranean countries, to promote their cinematography, to animate the colloquium, the round-tables and the many sections of the edition.
The event was followed and commented by several print and audiovisual Media. Therefore, more than 60 journalists representing national and Mediterranean media, the 3 national channels (2M, Al Oula, Medi Sat) accepted the invitation and realized reports that were shared on all the social media. Furthermore, this edition was well covered by local, national and international online newspapers and magazines.
And to delight the lovers of the Mediterranean cinema, 59 films were scheduled, including 24 films in the feature-length and documentaries competitions. The other films were presented in the tributes, a must see, retrospectives and Films for Children sections.
The section «A must see » was amongst the most memorable moments. The Chinese cinema had the place of honor, in the presence of the Chinese ambassador and of a delegation, composed of 12 heads of Chinese channels, production companies, actors and actresses and professionals. 4 Chinese films were presented to the public in Teatro Espanol and in Feddan square.
3 juries, composed of very renowned Mediterranean filmmakers, professionals and critics had the responsibility of rewarding the films participating in the two competitions: Feature-length films, documentaries and Critic’s jury.
Tributes were made to four outstanding figures of the Mediterranean cinema: The Egyptian actor Khalid Sawi, the Spanish Actress Ana Fernandez, the Moroccan actress Saidia Ladib and the Moroccan Actor Mohamed Khouyi. The great Moroccan and Arabic singer and composer Abdelwahab Doukali was the big “Guest of the Mediterranean”. A heartfelt tribute was made for him, in recognition off his exceptional artistic career.
Within its cultural program, this edition organized a two-day colloquium “When the cinema crosses the borders that are established by men”, at which Mediterranean professionals, academics and critics took part. Two meeting were also organized in collaboration with two professional chambers, the URAM and the CMPF, and the forum “Mediterranean films commission”.
As part of the section “At the school of the Festival” 8 schools and institutes from the two shores of the Mediterranean were invited to participate in the Forum “Mediterranean institutes and schools of Cinema”. Animated film fabrication, analysis and screen-writing workshops, a Master class and conferences were of benefit to primary school, university student. 8 workshops in total, 4 Master Classes, 3 courses of Cinema and 3 conferences were organized in different schools of the city. (Primary, secondary, high school, and university)
One of the memorable moments of this edition was the closing ceremony. 12 prizes and trophies were awarded to the films, the actresses and the actors who participated in the 2 competitions, including 5 offered as part of the tributes and the Guest of the Mediterranean.
Done in Tetouan, April 10th, 2017
24 films in competition for the Tamouda d’Or award at the International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema of Tetouan.
Twelve feature-length film, belonging to the fifteen countries of the Mediterranean, are in competition for the grand prize Tamouda d’Or of Tetouan’s Cinema Festival. They are also in competition for: jury special prize Mohamed Reggab, first work prize Azzedine Meddour, best female actress prize, best male actor prize and the critics prize Mustapha Messnaoui.
In the documentary category, twelve films are nominated for the Tamouda d’Or prize, special jury prize and the first work prize. ...
The festival of Tetouan invites the Mediterranean schools and cinema institutions and opens up to the schools and universities.
The International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema of Tetouan, which is taking place from March,25th to April 1st, 2017, invites, for its 23rd edition, schools and institutes of Cinema coming from the four corners of the Mediterranean. The main objective is to get inspired from the experiences of those institutions who were capable of integrating the cinema in the schools and universities’ programs. Devoted to its approach, the festival accords a prominent place to the schools, at all levels, in order to popularize the understanding of the cinematographic language in our country. ...
The International Festival of Cinema of Tetouan organizes a colloquium on the theme of the borders in the Mediterranean Cinema
The IFMCT organizes, at the occasion of its 23rd edition which is taking place from March 25th to April 1st,2017, a colloquium on the “The representation of the borders in the Mediterranean cinema”
Well renowned critics and searchers will participate in this colloquium: The French critic François Jost, the Lebanese searcher and author Rachid El-Daïf, the Palestinan writer Liana Badr, the French searcher Jean Cled, the Egyptian critic Amir Amry and the Italian writer and journalist Patricia Fiorentino.
Those participants will analyze, in the basis of Spanish, French and Italian productions, several axes such as « The borders and the illegal immigration”, “the image of the immigrant in the European cinema”. “Borders and conflicts” and “The borders in the Palestinian cinema” will be discussed.
The responsibles of the festival consider that the question of the borders is a recurrent theme in many movies, narratives and epics…And just one century ago, whoever could freely move between countries without the need of any visa nor for a favorable opinion from the civil servants of a country.
Nowadays, new borders are born, strengthened by barbed wires, new dividing walls are built on the two shores of the Mediterranean. The Mare nostrum was bygone days a space of exchange and cohabitation. It became now a common grave for thousands of north Africans and African fleeing misery in their countries.
In the Mediterranean filmography of the north and the south, we find then numerous representations of the theme of the journey, whether it is a journey for a better life (Immigration) or an adventurous journey. Characters persisting to realize their dreams and to regain their confiscated dignity…Followed by repetitive dramas and tragedies.
The objective of this colloquium, in which filmmakers, intellectuals, writers and professionals of the 7th art will participate, is to differently approach, through the cinematographic language, the theme of the borders and the attempt to cross them.
It will be the occasion to shed light on the division between the artistic expressions. Cinema and literature, documentaries and fiction cinema…Fortunately, as people try to hide behind walls, art continues to create bridges and links between them.
What is the approach that filmmakers accord to the question of the borders, through the image, the sound, the space and the characters? Why do not the voice and the work of the filmmakers reach out the decision-makers? What are the types of borders that are recurrent in the Mediterranean cinema?
Since its very first editions in the eighties, the Festival of Cinema of Tetouan, first Moroccan international festival, has given prominent display to colloquiums, seminars, round-tables and conferences. It is now part of its tradition to encourage the exchanges and to privilege the dialogues, now interrupted between the populations of the two shores of the Mediterranean.
The Chinese Cinema is to be honored during the 23rd edition of the International Festival of the Mediterranean Cinema of Tétouan.
The Chinese Cinema is to be honored during the 23rd edition of the International Festival of the Mediterranean Cinema of Tétouan. This special event reflects the solid ties that link the Regional Council of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima and the Republic of China that has recently launched very promising economic, logistic and scientific projects in the region.
Hence, the section dedicated to the Chinese cinema will be one of the highlights of this 23rd edition of the IFMCT, which will take place from March,25th to April,2nd 2017. The regional council of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, who pledged full support for the festival, made agreement with China whose investments are bringing real growth opportunities for the region.
In accordance with this cooperation, this session will be a real occasion for the cinephiles to discover the Chinese Cinema, all genres included, which started since 1896 and is incredibly booming nowadays.
Historically, the Dingjun mountain (Dingjun Shan, on 1905) is the movie that marks the beginning of the first generation which goes until 1932, year of the bombardment of Shanghai by the Japanese army destroying numerous film installations. In the 1930th, the Chinese cinema reaches a remarkable level of creativity, leaded by the second generation of the Chinese filmmakers: the writer-filmmaker Sun Yu, educated in the United States and the communist screenwriter Xia Yan, trained in Japan. The dominant themes were the women rights, the social inequality or the national exaltation. Street angels (Malu Tianshi, 1937), sketch of the life, of the love and of the social injustice of the shallows of Shanghai, might be considered as representative film of this period.
The establishment of the popular republic, in 1949, was a major turning point for the 7th art. A popular cinema is born, intended for the vast isolated regions of the hinterland. Most of the films try to ensure an ideological education, as well as to promote movements and information campaigns. Shortly after 1949, the importations of the foreign films were limited to the other communist countries. 600 films were produced between 1949 and 1966, at the beginning of the cultural revolution when filmographic activities were forbidden for 6 years. From 1966 till 1947, period of the cultural revolution, the Chinese cinematography fell into disuse. No more films shall be produced except some revolutionary operas and full-length films. Also, foreign films from Albania, North Korea, USSR, France (The old fun) were very admired by the Chinese in this period.
New generations come to light after the national symposium of cinema, in 1984 in Beijing. Studios were allowed to project, themselves, their productions without the need of the state entities’ permission. The key word is that the quality outweighs the strict policy. From there, many Chinese filmmakers made their way into the international scene: Li Yang born in 1959, for his Blind shaft (2003), Wang Chao, born in 1964, for Fantasia (2014), Lou Ye, born in 1965, for Spring fever (2009) or Mystery (2012) and especially Wang Bing, born in 1967, for West of the tracks (2002) or Three sisters (2012), DiaoYinan, born in 1969, for Black Coal (2014) et Jia Zhang-ke, born1970, for The world (2004), Still life (2006), I wish I knew (2010). And among the youngest we notice a woman, Li yu, born in 1973 for Buddha mountain (2004). We shall remind that in 2015, Kaili Blues were the first full-length film that wins the best emergent director prize, a special mention from the jury of the festival of Locarno and the Montgolfière d’or in the festival of the 3 continents in Nantes.
It will be therefore a big opportunity for the public to discover and to enjoy the different faces of the Chinese cinematographic creations.
Presidents of the juries of the 23rd edition of the IFMCT 2017
Youssry Nassrallah from the festival of Cannes to the Festival of Tetouan.
It is the renowned Egyptian Youssry Nasrallah who will chair the jury of the full-feature competition of the IFMCT, wish will take place from March 25th till April 1st,2017.
Nassrallah is one of the intellectual filmmakers who worked hard to remove the barriers between the cinema and the literature, the art and the debates on the challenges of the modernity in the Arab world. He started as an assistant of Youssef Chahine, he was the co-screen-writer of Adieu Bonaparte (1984) and Alexandria again and forever (1990). He was also the assistant of the German director Volker Schlöndorf, winner of an Oscar and a Palm d’or in the Cannes film festival.
Youssy Nassrallah is the second Arabic director to serve on the awards jury of the Cannes film festival after Youssef Chahine. He also participated in the official competition of the same festival with his film After the battle (2012). He realized numerous full-features since his first film Vol d’été (1988). He adapted the Lebanese Saga, written by Ilyass Khoury, La porte du soleil in 2004. His last film came out in 2016: Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces.
As to the jury of the documentary films, it will be chaired by the French filmmaker Thomas Bauer. He studied Cinema in France. He has also been active in film directing, editing…Thomas Bauer, who supervised many publications about the 7th art, might be considered as an encyclopedic filmmaker. He has participated in many festivals around the world and the International Festival of the Mediterranean cinema of Tetouan will be honored by his presence in its 19th edition.
Press release about the canceling of “The short film competition”
June 1st, 2016, the administrative board of the foundation of the International Festival of the Mediterranean cinema of Tetouan held a reunion and decided to cancel the “Short film competition” and to project those movies within “the Special sessions” of the IFMCT. This decision was made following the recommendation of the president of the foundation. He considered that this approach will ensure the complementarity between the festivals of the region, and in particular between the IFMCT and the International Festival of Short films of Tangier.
Press release of the 15th edition of the foundation of the International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema of Tetouan.
The council urge its partners, and especially the urban commune of Tetouan, to honor their commitments for a meaningful and permanent support for the IFMCT. He also claims for diversified sources of subventions through, among other, opening up to the private sector.
This reunion took place on November 10th,2016 in the presence of the majority of its members who approved the report of the 14th edition. In the same occasion, they invited the regional committee of the film to join the foundation.
In his intervention, the director of the foundation, Ahmed Hosni, presented the budget planned for the next edition of the IFMCT that its success and longevity depend on reasonable and sufficient financial resources.
For his part, the director of the IFMCT, Nourddine BENDRISS, revealed the preprogram of the 23rd edition of the IFMCT and mentioned that the objectives of this edition are multiple.
Throughout the discussion between the members of the council, the emphasis was put on the program, the support and the sponsoring. They suggested the organization of a conference about the theme “Development of the cinema: Scenario, distribution and direction” and of a photographic exhibition (in conjunction with the 23rd edition) entitled “Fluid borders”.
Unanimously, it has been pointed that openness toward young people from deprived neighborhoods, is actually an emergency and a priority.
The administrative board has also proposed to consecrate a part from the program to climate problems in the world. It also welcomed the success of the “Cinema profession’s day” and recommended the creation of a professional high school diploma specializing in audiovisual.
It has been decided, at the end of the meeting, that the committee « Late Mohamed Larbi MESSARI” should become effectively operational. It has also been decided to present the program to the different associations and embassies and to launch “the request to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the creation of the festival”.
Communiqué de presse de l’Assemblée Générale de l’Association des Amis de Cinéma de Tétouan.
L’Assemblée à débuté vers 17 h 30mn en présence de nombreux membres de l’association par la lecture des rapports moral et financier.
Par la suite, Ahmed HOSNI a présenté un exposé sur l’histoire de l’association, laquelle a connu des moments mémorables et des mutations heureuses. C’est à l’association que revient le mérite de l’organisation de diverses rencontres autour du cinéma, du lancement du FICMT et de la publication de la revue WACHMA. Ahmed HOSNI a également évoqué le rôle des fondateurs de l’ACT et des membres qui ont assuré sa continuité et la réussite du Festival. D’où la nécessité de préserver cet héritage et d’assurer une relève efficace grâce aux nouveaux membres.
Nourddine BENDRISS a mis en exergue les multiples défis que l’ACT est appelée à relever dans la conjoncture sociale et culturelle actuelle. Il a souligné que l’association doit s’ouvrir sur les jeunes en créant des partenariats avec des établissements scolaires et des associations de la société civile de la Région de Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima.
Par la suite, on a élu, à l’unanimité, les nouveaux membres de l’ACT :
- Président : Nourddine BENDRISS
- Président-adjoint : Mohamed HANI
- Secrétaire générale : Fatima-Zahra RGHIOUI
- Secrétaire général-adjoint : Abdellatif BAZI
- Trésorier : Nourddine BOULGHOUDAN
- Trésorière adjointe : Sara REGRAGUI
- Conseillers : Ahmed HOSNI, Driss SKIKA, Mohamed Bouyessef REGGAB.
Appel à participation
La 23éme édition du festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan se déroulera du 25 mars au 1er avril 2017.
L’inscription des films en Compétition (longs métrages de fiction et Documentaires) et en Séances spéciales est ouverte jusqu’au 31 janvier (fiche d’inscription sur le site officiel)
Les films sélectionnés devraient être produits entre 2016 et 2017 ; dont le sujet et le traitement reflètent l’art , la culture et l’esprit méditerranéen pour en savoir plus ; nous prions cinéastes et producteurs a se rendre sur notre site : www.festivaltetouan.org
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New organizational chart for the foundation of the Mediterranean Film Festival of Tetouan in the light of the organization of the coming edition of the Festival
The Administrative Board of the Foundation of the Mediterranean Film Festival of Tetouan held its 16th edition on Friday, December 15, 2017 in Tetouan in order to meet the new challenges and achieve its high ambitions for the coming edition taking place from t 2018.
With the full board present, the meeting began with the speech of Mr. Ahmed Hosni, the President of the Foundation, who thanked all the attendees, members of the “Association des Amis de Cinéma” and representatives of Partner Organizations for their continuing support and strong commitment. He then drew the participants' attention to the new changes in the national film landscape and to the activities of the associations, which should be given due consideration before proceeding to the organization of the next edition of the Mediterranean Film Festival of Tetouan.
After delivering the financial and moral reports of the 23rd edition which was followed by a constructive discussion and the statement of the amendments introduced both in the Basic Regulations and the Executive Office, the board members unanimously approved the reports of the Administrative Board and the new organizational chart which is as follows:
Ahmed Hosni, President of the Foundation and the Festival;
Mohamed Bouissef Rekab, Vice President;
Nourddine BEN DRISS, Director of the Festival;
Abdellatif Bazi, Deputy Director;
Driss Skaika, Chief Financial Officer;
Sara Regragui, Deputy Financial Director;
Abdelkrim Ouazzani, Artistic Delegate.
Then, Mr.Nourddine BEN DRISS, director of the festival, took the floor to outline the program of the coming edition.
The financial director's presentation focused on the estimated budget which was followed by a discussion of the financial hardships which increasingly complicate the organization of the Mediterranean film festival in Tetouan.
At the end of the meeting, the President of the Foundation spoke again to express the gratitude of the Festival to its partners and sponsors, and to thank all board members for their support and their commitment which enables the Mediterranean Film Festival of Tetouan to remain an unmissable event in the Mediterranean cinematographic landscape.