Marrakech International Film Festival to be December’s world stage for cinema

Marrakech International Film Festival taking place near our riads in Marrakech

This year’s Marrakech International Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in Africa and the Arab world, is set to take place for its 15th year running between December 4th and December 12th.

First established in 2001 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the event is organised by the Marrakesh Film Festival Foundation, and today is one of the key cinema events for both Morocco and on an international stage.

The event strives to show films not just made in Morocco but from all over the world, with last year’s festival staging a tribute to Japanese cinema. Its Cinécoles competition also showcases the best of young national talent, awarding the best short films made by Moroccan film students.

Over 94,000 people attended last year’s festival, which screened a total of 142 films from 33 countries. This year’s edition seeks to be even more successful, and will be hosting iconic director Francis Ford Coppola, who has created films such as Apocalypse Now and The Godfather trilogy, as the festival’s president.

Hosting such a big name in the film industry, Marrakech International Film Festival is definitely more than just an up-and-coming film festival, helping to showcase cinema from Africa and the Arab world on a world stage.

If you’re planning on attending the festival, stay near the heart of the action at our luxury riads in Marrakech – your very own private escape in the midst of the bustling city.

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Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.