The feature film “Palmyra” by Russian director Ivan Bolotnikov won the Grand Prize at the 10th edition of the Oujda International Film and Immigration Festival, which ended on Saturday. The closing evening of this festival, held at the Mohammed VI Theater in Oujda in the presence of cinema figures from Morocco and elsewhere and many film lovers, also saw the consecration of the Moroccan film “Dernier Round” by director Mohamed Fekrane, which won the Best Screenplay award.
The festival jury, chaired by the Moroccan director established in France Mohamed Ahed Bensouda, also awarded the prize for the best male role to the protagonist of the film “Palmyra”. In the short film category, the prize for best direction went to the film “Allegoria” by Turkish director Hakan Unal, while “Le nom des autres” by Tunisian Ines Saidi won the prize for best screenplay and “Charte” by Moroccan El Houssine Hanine won the jury prize.
This 10th edition of the festival saw the participation of 11 films representing several countries, including 10 films (4 feature films and 6 short films) participating in the official competition of the festival. The program of this festival, organized by the Solidarity Association for Development and Immigration, in partnership with the Regional Directorate of Culture and the Moroccan Cinematographic Center and with the support in particular of the Hassan II Foundation for Moroccans residing in abroad, focused, in addition to the official competition, on a symposium led by researchers and specialists, a master class on the cinematographic experience of Moroccans around the world and workshops for the benefit of young people from the Oriental region.
The festival aims in particular to shed light on the skills and cinematographic talents of Moroccans around the world, to publicize the tourist potential of the Oriental region and to contribute to local development.