The Atlas Workshops is an industry and talent-development programme initiated in 2018 by the Marrakech International Film Festival with the support of Netflix. Through the programme, the Festival works side by side with a new generation of Moroccan, Arab and African filmmakers, and creates a space for exchange between international professionals and regional talents.
The selection of participants follows a call for applications from projects in development and films in post-production by filmmakers who reside in, or are members of the diaspora of, the Arab world or the African continent, and who are developing or directing their first, second or third feature-length narrative, documentary or animated film. Participating projects and films are presented in four sections: projects in development by Moroccan, Arab and African filmmakers; films in post-production by Moroccan, Arab and African filmmakers; the Atlas Close-Ups programme, reserved for Moroccan projects and films; and the Atlas Films Showcase, which provides film programmers and festival directors with a first look at completed works.
Participating projects and films benefit from tailor-made support through consultations in scriptwriting, production, distribution, editing and/or scoring, according to their individual needs and current stage of production. They also compete for cash prizes, decided upon by two juries.
Participating projects and films are presented at a co-production market, where filmmakers have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with international professionals in order to find co-producers, sales agents or other partners.
The Atlas Workshops opens up space for reflection through a series of round tables and panel discussions in which professionals share their experience and explore contemporary issues related to cinema in the African continent and the Arab world.
In parallel to its main sections, the Atlas Workshops hosts other organisations supporting initiatives that accompany and structure professional networks on the African continent and in the Arab world.
The Selection Committee for projects and films includes
Thibaut Bracq, Hania Mroué, Farah-Clémentine Dramani-Issifou, Lucas Rosant, Ali Hajji, Camille Hébert Benazet, Rémi Bonhomme.