Due to its diverse landscape, Morocco can masquerade for many other destinations; its beauty has also left filmmakers floored
Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country located in North Africa. Bordered by Spain to the north, Algeria to the east and Mauritania to the south, it has always been a crossroads between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Thanks to its extraordinary variety of landscapes – mountains, deserts, dunes and sea shores – it provides highly versatile scenery to travellers and filmmakers alike.
More than any other well-known cities (Casablanca and Rabat) of Morocco, Tangier has been the face to the world, evoking mixed feelings, with its cultural diversity and now urbanisation. The history of Tangier is very rich due to the presence of varied civilisations. From Tangier, turn south and the vast coastline will welcome you, carrying the aroma of African magic. Travel east and you will encounter cities and mountains. Every corner of the country has a new destination for its explorer.
Morocco provides a landscape quite unmatched by any other country. It gives filmmakers the power of not only portraying Morocco in a unique light but also to double for many other countries. The diverse landscape further empowers a filmmaker to easily depict beaches, mountains and deserts.
The weather in Morocco is another strong point in favor of shooting. Some of the top shooting locations in Morocco, like Marrakesh, Casablanca, Essaouira, Erfoud, and Merzouga receive annual daylight of about eight hours a day. This makes it possible for filmmakers to shoot any time in the year without any interruption.
WHY FILM IN MOROCCO
Morocco, the country of cinema and lights, boasts a privileged geographic position and transforms itself into Arabia for Lawrence Of Arabia by David Lean; Palestine for a movie on the Bible; Egypt for the movies The Mummy 1 and 2 by Stephen Sommers; and ancient Rome for The Gladiator by R Scott.
The Film Commission Ouarzazate Morocco provides national and international producers with its experience to facilitate all activities related to film production in Morocco, by offering the following advantages:
Permits: For filming in archaeological and monumental sites managed by the Ministry of Culture
Facilities: Customs facilities for importing and exporting film and film equipment
Exemption: Tax exemption from 20 per cent VAT, on all goods and services acquired in Morocco
Repatriation: Of unused funds
Discount: On Royal Air Maroc fares for the transport of people and materials; hotel fees discounts (up to 60 per cent)
Cooperation: With the Armed Forces and the Military Air Force for the provision of persons, means and logistics
Availability: Of technical equipment for filming; of rolling stock for transportation; of catering service; of highly qualified technicians; of animals for shots
Film Commission Ouarzazate Morocco guarantees the successful conclusion of the movie to all producers who comply with the financial plan mutually agreed upon.
A shooting permit is compulsory for filming any professional feature of all types
It is delivered by the Centre Cinématographique Marocain (CCM), a public entity under tutorship of the Ministry for Information.
The Cinema Centre was founded in January 1944, to insure the enforcement of regulatory measures relating to the cinema profession, in particular those concerning professional activity permits, the setting up of film companies and film screening rules.
Moroccan production companies should be holders of a permit for production activity that CCM grants in conformity with the conditions stipulated and relating to the cinema industry organisation.
To obtain a shooting permit for a feature film, one should address their request two weeks before the first day of shoot. You should also annexe to your application:
• A shooting permit form duly filled
• A copy of your film script
• A credentials letter when it concerns an executive production
• The list of Moroccan technicians with the number of their professional ID, with regard to the quota stipulated, concerning the organisation of the cinema industry.