For this 12th Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), we have received the greatest of encouragements as well as the clearest possible roadmap for the coming years. His Majesty King Mohammed VI undertook this task himself by addressing a powerful Royal Message to the National Cinema Conference on October 16, 2012.

For me, who, last year at the 11th FIFM, on behalf of the Festival Foundation, committed myself to taking responsibility “increasingly [for] the future of the nation’s cinema, with its most promising aspects: its creativity and diversity”, what could I hope for more than to be far surpassed in terms of commitment by the august Message from His Majesty indicating the program to follow: walk forward on the path that leads most surely to the greatest expansion of Moroccan cinema.

And now, by a timely coincidence, the fruits of the coordinated efforts of the State, of the FIFM Foundation, and of Moroccan filmmakers have begun to ripen: we have two films in the official
Competition, three films in the “Cinema at Heart” section and one film (a great popular success in 2012) screened in tribute to a Moroccan producer of international renown.

The 12th year of the Marrakech International Film Festival marks a confirmation of the Royal vision conveyed in the Message of October 16, 2012.

It is also a confirmation of the International strength of our Festival. For what other festival, today, can say that at the dawn of the Centenary of Indian Cinema, it has brought together on stage the
most outstanding stars of what is called Bollywood – this marvelous stairway to dreams, which
is viewed every day by millions of fascinated eyes.

      His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid
Marrakech International Film Festival
Foundation President

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