Morocco attracts record 17 movie productions worth US$ 111 m in Q1, 2008


Some 17 foreign movies were shot in Morocco during the first half of 2008, worth some $ 111 million which is "a record that has never been achieved before," according to the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM).

In 2007, the amount invested in foreign movie production in Morocco exceeded $ 74 million, against $ 61.9 million in 2006 and $ 38.4 million in 2005, according to CCM.

"The increasingly important number of movies attracted by Morocco is due to the miscellaneous publicity-grabbing operations carried out by the CCM at major international film events, especially those of Cannes and Marrakech," the CCM went on.

It is also explained by the promotional efforts of the southern region of Souss-Massa-Draa, which hosts shooting locations for more than half of foreign productions in Morocco, and which will become a leader shooting location in Africa by the year 2016.

Some famous films are related to Morocco, namely, "Gladiator" (2000), “Black Hawk Down” (2001), “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005), as wells as "Alexander" (2004).