Rabat - Hatim Abdelghafour is young Moroccan actor who has appeared in several European and American films, Middle Eastern mega-drama productions and local cinema and TV works. His filmography and television career include, Arabic TV series: “Sakr Qouraich”, “Molouk Atawaeif” (2002) and “Omar” (2011); European and Moroccan Drama: “L’Eté Ou Tout à Basculer” and “Une heure en...0
Meknes Animated Film Festival Pays Homage to American and French Artists
By Safaa Kasraoui
Rabat - The 16th annual International Animated Films Festival of Meknes (FICAM), which took place on March 17 to 22, paid tribute to its guests of honor, American animator David Silverman and the French director Michel Ocelot.
Silverman is best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated series The Simpsons, whose 30th anniversary coincided with the festival. Ocelot, best known for directing “Azur” and “Asmar,” projected images of his latest work, “Dilili in Paris,” exclusively during the FICAM.
At the event, nearly 50 animated movies were featured, including “The Red Turtle” by internationally-known director Michaël Dudok De Wit. The event also hosted other prominent animation cineasts and producers, including Rosto, Jean-François Laguionie and Bill Plympton.
FICAM expected more than 7,500 schoolchildren, 24 projections of Meknes' schools and 8000 students of ten other Moroccan cities, according to a press relaese issued by FICAM organizer's, the Aicha Foundation, adding that the festival was free of charge.
The festival's program consisted of round table discussions, meetings, competitions, and workshops.
The festival received more than 250 students of Moroccan cinema and fine arts institutes, and 150 of them benefited from specific training programs related to animation. “These students were able to access the network of great directors and animation' specialists,” added the press release.
The event was organized by Aicha Foundation in coordination with Meknes French Institute.