30-film Made in Morocco slate unveiled



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Moroccan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch and the country's national broadcaster SNRT unveiled a moviemaking initiative here Wednesday to foster local film talent.

The Film Industry -- Made in Morocco is a 30-film slate by 12 up-and-coming Moroccan directors. It's a collaboration between the SNRT and Ayoush's company Ali N' Prods. with support from the Ministry of Communications. The backers will filter filmmakers with commercial, music video and short-film backgrounds and select a dozen to make their feature-film debuts.

The 30 films will emphasize genres such as action, comedy, drama and horror in an attempt to break the mold of traditional Moroccan "auteur-driven efforts."

"With the Made in Morocco initiative, we want to move toward a viable commercial film in Morocco such as that of other filmmaking centers like India or the U.S.," Zaza Film Prods.' Salma Chafii said.

All Made in Morocco projects will have budgets in the range of 1.2 million Moroccan dirhams ($160,000) and will be dubbed for multidialect distribution in Morocco, for both film and television. International sales will be handled by Zaza.