The ninth edition of the Oujda Maghrebian Film Festival (FMFO) was opened on Wednesday evening in a digital version, under the theme “Oujda, Carrefour du Cinéma Maghrébin”. The Festival, which will continue until November 29, is back this year in force, more mobilized than ever, to honor its annual meeting despite the current situation linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the Ciné-Maghreb association, organizer of this event, the digital format chosen for this edition will allow a virtual meeting with a large audience from the countries of the Greater Maghreb and beyond. The objective being to “contribute to the animation of the Maghrebi artistic scene and to the strengthening of links between peoples and cultures”. The director of the Festival, Khalid Sli affirmed at the opening of this edition that the FMFO has continued to evolve and gain in maturity and notoriety over the editions before succeeding in erecting the millennial city of Oujda in a true North African and Arab film destination. This cinematographic event has grown thanks to the perseverance, the patience and the great work made by the various partners, institutional and private, but also thanks to the enthusiasts of the 7th art and the media, added Mr. Sli, also president of the association. Ciné-Maghreb. The opening ceremony was marked in particular by the presentation of the jury of this edition and of the films selected for the official competition, and by the tribute paid to the actor Azelarab Kaghat, emblematic figure of Moroccan cinema, in recognition of his brilliance. course in the field. Faithful to itself and to its values of sharing and transmission, the Maghreb Film Festival of Oujda has planned a set of workshops, masterclasses and webinars with renowned personalities, known in the Maghreb film diaspora.
Regarding the official film competition, 12 short films and 6 feature films will be broadcast on the Festival’s digital platform (www.festivalmaghrebinfilm.ma), created especially for this unprecedented edition. The jury of this cinematographic event, organized by the Ciné Maghreb Association, is chaired by the Moroccan director, screenwriter and producer Abdeslam Kelai. The other members of the jury are Mauritanian director Sidi Mohamed Cheiguer, Algerian actress Rym Takoucht, Tunisian actress Aicha Ben Ahmed and Libyan director Osama Rezg.