26/05/2013

Ouarzazate film studios prepare for makeover

After several lean years, Ouarzazate's legendary film studios to be restructured

Industry, Morocco

Ouarzazate film studios prepare for makeover

After being hit by the financial crisis and tough competition from Tunisian and Jordanian studios, Ouarzazate is about to welcome one of the Moroccan film industry's most defining projects, reports Tel-Quel online.

The project called "One Stop Shop" is to merge all the city's studios into one “studio city”, on a total area of 236 hectares.

"The idea is to gather all material and human resources in the same place to allow foreign productions to benefit from them without having to leave the studio city," explains Abderazzak Zitouni, the director of the Ouarzazate Film Commission (OFC), an organisation created in 2008 by the Moroccan Film Centre (CCM) and the Souss Massa Draâ region to encourage filming in this southern city.

While funding details are still not clear, it is likely that this project will consist of public and private investment, and will allow Morocco to attract large foreign productions, of which there were 13 in 2012, including six productions just for the month of May.

"This redevelopment will help Morocco to stress the value of its resources and to better compete on the [international] market, particularly at the producers meetings in Cannes and Los Angeles," concludes Abderazzak Zitouni.

 

Source: Tel-Quel online

Translator: Ymá de Almeida

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