Curtain up on the 7th Cap Spartel film festival

The 7th edition of the Cap Spartel film festival opened, Friday evening in Tangier, with the participation of an audience of artists, art critics and professionals of the 7th art. This edition, organized by the Moroccan Image and Media Observatory (OMIM), will be marked by the screening of films in official competition, the holding of conferences on subjects related to the issues of the 7th art, and the organization of Master Class on many film professions. The director of the festival, Azeddine El Ouafi, underlined that this edition comes in a context of pandemic, marked by logistical, financial and human difficulties related to the organization of this event, noting that the determination of the organizers made it possible to take up this challenge, despite the cancellation of certain scheduled activities, such as the honoring of Czech and Slavic cinema, and the competition of young people, due to the constraints of the pandemic. In a statement to the MAP, Mr. El Ouafi specified that this edition includes two parallel programs, digital and face-to-face, noting that the face-to-face program includes the screening of 10 films in official competition, a workshop on the writing of the scenario, and lectures on youth, creativity, migrants and the tourism promotion of archaeological sites through cinema, as well as other cultural activities related to the signing of books on cinema. During the opening ceremony of this edition, a posthumous tribute was paid to the son of the city of Tangier, the late Noureddine Sail, journalist and film critic, in recognition of his many contributions to the promotion of Moroccan cinema. The journalist, Abdellatif Benyahia, indicated that the late Noureddine Sail is one of the greatest film critics in Morocco and in the world, highlighting the efforts made by the deceased for the development of Moroccan cinema, the preservation of the cinematographic heritage of Tangier. , through the restoration of the “Alcazar” cinema, the consolidation of the organization of the Tangier National Film Festival, and the strengthening of the partnership between Moroccan and African cinema, through the Khouribga Festival. A vibrant tribute will also be paid to Rabia Ftouh and journalist Ali Hassan, in addition to the organization of several activities, including the screening of short films participating in this edition and youth films, a virtual conference that will be broadcast on the platform. of the festival around the “rights of migrants”, in addition to the presentation of the experience of the Handy Film Association and the OMIM on youth, creativity and image education. This edition, which will continue until June 27, will also be punctuated by the organization of two conferences on “creativity among young people and image education” and “cinema as a lever for tourism promotion”, as well. that the presentation of testimonies on the honored personalities and of the publications of the Observatory. The short film ” Water for snow ” by Bosnian, Christopher Fellies, won the grand prize in the official competition of the 6th edition of the Cape Spartel film festival, held in March 2019, under the theme ” Cinema and not violence ”. The 6th edition of the festival honored directors from several countries, including India, which received special tribute during this cultural event.   MO