What’s It All About?
The 12th Marrakech International Film Festival (MIFF) is an annual festival held in the Jemaa el Fna square, in Marrakech, a major city in the northwest African nation of Morocco. Since its inception in 2000, the festival has grown to become one of the largest events dedicated to Moroccan cinema. It is also the site of the principal photography of many international productions.The festival’s jury brings together international writers, actors and personalities, and rewards the best Moroccan and foreign feature and short films. MIFF is chaired by Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco.
The various awards to be announced during the festival are:
• Golden Star/Grand Prize
• Jury Prize
• Best Actress
• Best Actor
Watch Out For!
While last year, MIFF paid tribute to Mexican cinema, this year the festival will pay tribute to Indian cinema on the occasion of its centenary. The festival will welcome the largest Indian delegation ever assembled at an international festival, and screen a large number of Hindi films throughout the week. The delegation, led by Amitabh Bachchan, will be honoured during a tribute ceremony on December 1.
Following the death of director and producer Yash Chopra, MIFF will also pay tribute to this icon of Indian cinema. It will also screen Chopra’s last film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, in the presence of Khan.In addition, Jodhaa Akbar, Ashutosh Gowariker’s 2008 epic love story will be showcased on December 5.
Other prominent actors who will be present at the festival are Jaya Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, Tabu and Sharmila Tagore. The event will also welcome a slew of directors like Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Ashutosh Gowariker, Sriram Raghavan, Sudhir Mishra, R Balki with Gauri Shinde, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Basu and Prakash Jha. Indian film producers Boney Kapoor, Ronnie Screwvala, Kishore Lulla and Guneet Monga will also be present.
Chinese filmmaker and actor Zhang Yimou will be honoured with a tribute, heralded by a gala for the Christian Bale-starrer The Flowers Of War.