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 FICAM 2020 pays tribute to Egyptian animation cinema in Meknes

Written by FDM

The city of Meknes is preparing to host, from March 20 to 25, 2020, the 19th edition of the international animated film festival of Meknes (FICAM). This year the festival is celebrating the 85th anniversary of the first Egyptian and African animated film by naming Egypt as a guest of honor.

Organized by the Aïcha Foundation in partnership with the French Institute of Meknes, this cultural and artistic event welcomes each year more than 30,000 enthusiasts of animation cinema.

“The tribute to Egyptian animation will be marked by the screening of the work ” the knight and the princess ” and an exhibition dedicated to the three Frenkel brothers, in addition to a panorama of the Egyptian animated film,” said a press release from the foundation.

“The Knight and the Princess”, the first Egyptian animated feature, will open this 19th edition of FICAM, in the presence of Bashir Eldik, Egyptian screenwriter and director, and Abbass Bin Alabass, Saudi film producer at the Théâtre de the French Institute of Meknes.

Moreover, Bruno Coulais, the exceptional French musical composer, awarded with three Césars (Microcosmos,  Les choristes et Himalaya, l’enfance d’un chef), two Victoires de la Musique and an Annie Award will preside over the jury of the International Competition for the best animation short film (Courts Compét ‘).

Alongside Bruno Coulais, we find the Iranian director Sepideh Farsi (Tehran without permission, Red Rose, and 7 veils…), Mohamed Zouhir, playwright and Moroccan actor (Un amour à Casablanca, La porte close, La demi du ciel…), as members of the Courts Compét ‘ Jury, competition with a Grand Prix of 3000 Euros.

Bruno Coulais

True to its vocation to highlight, promote and reward the best projects, FICAM® also organizes two other competitions. First of all, the Aicha Animation Grand Prix, real support for the emergence of young Moroccan talents, which prize amounts to 50,000 Dirhams. Then, the International Competition for the best-animated feature film (Longs Compet ’), whose Grand Prize is awarded by a Junior Jury, rewarding the best international animated feature films.