Moroccan cinema: subsidy to rise to USD 12Mn by 2010, Minister


Some US$7 million has been be earmarked in 2007 to promote the Moroccan film industry, and is due to rise to US$12 million by 2010, said Minister of Communication, Nabil Benabdellah. Speaking Tuesday in Rabat at the opening ceremony of the national cinema conventions, Benabdellah said that the filmmaking industry is a strategic a sector, as it reflects the country's image and contributes to its economic growth. He said the rise in subsidy is due to the fast growing of the national production, which has reached 12 movies a year.

"The boost witnessed by the Moroccan cinema should be upheld in order not to fall in stagnation," said Minister of Culture, Mohamed Achaari. "This can be done by a support policy which motivates creativity," he added.

For his part, Director General of the Moroccan Cinema Center (CCM), Noureddine Sail, noted that an ongoing study reflecting on the national film industry, aims to give a clear image of the sector and to suggest remedies to boost production. The conventions revolved on different topics, namely “the national cinematographic production”, “distribution and resource management”, “foreign production in Morocco”, and “the development and promotion of the national cinema”.

Moroccan Press Agency, 19th June