Morocco: Government earmarks over USD 7Mn in 2008 for film production

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The Moroccan Government has earmarked about US$7.5Mn as assistance for Moroccan film production in 2008, the Moroccan communication ministry announced last Monday.

The Government has upped the amount of assistance to the film industry considerably from the US$1.2 million it contributed in 2007 as part of its efforts to become a centre for regional film production. Created in 1980, the support fund to Moroccan film was about US$ 250,000 before being increased in order to promote domestic filmmaking.

Morocco has been making about a dozen films each year since the end of the 1990s and intends to raise this figure to 40 productions a year by 2020, as part of its national film strategy.