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FICAM: Kenza El Hamzaoui and Chaimaa Lahnech win the Aïcha Grand Prize

Written by FDM

The opening ceremony of the 20th edition of the International Animation Film Festival of Meknes (FICAM®) had several highlights. Focus on a day full of emotions and discoveries.

This 20th edition paid tribute to Philippe Peythieu and Véronique Augereau who, since 1990, have dubbed the French voices of Marge and Homer in The Simpsons, the cult animated series. True masters of dubbing, the two actors gave an exceptional Master Class on the Art of dubbing, Saturday, May 7, at the Media Library of the French Institute of Meknes.

During this opening ceremony, the festival’s two American guests, Alex Kronemer, director, and Sam Kadi, producer presented a preview of Lamya’s Poem, a moving animated feature film about the story of Lamya, a young Syrian girl, who discovers the poetry of Jallal Eddine Rumi. Lamya’s Poem thus opens the Long Compet’, an International competition for animated feature films. Followed, in the evening, by La Traversée, a feature film in animated painting in the presence of director Florence Miailhe.

This first day of the festival was also the occasion to launch the 1st Forum of Animation Film Professions in Morocco scheduled for May 6, 7, and 8, 2022. As a reminder, the calls for tenders initiated by Al Oula and 2M for the production of the first Moroccan animation series have opened up new prospects for the development of animation in the Kingdom. The historic initiative that helps to revitalize this promising and job-creating sector. FICAM® thus accompanies this dynamic by launching this Forum which brings together animation studios as well as the National Institute of Fine Arts of Tetouan and the School of Fine Arts of Casablanca.

It is in this perspective that the two Moroccan studios Never Seen and Lorem presented, as part of L’avenir en images, their backgrounds, their experiences as well as episodes of the series produced by the two Moroccan channels, Al Oula and 2M. A first for FICAM® and its team, which has been working for more than two decades to promote animation film professionals in Morocco.

Also during the opening evening, the 2022 AICHA Animation Grand Prize was awarded to Irréversible, an animated short film project led by Kenza El Hamzaoui and Chairman Lahnech, young graduates of the Tétouan National Institute of Fine Arts, for their Irréversible project. They are thus the first two women to win the Grand Prix Aïcha de l’Animation since its creation in 2005. This award will allow one of them to benefit from a creation residency at the Abbaye de Fontevraud in France in partnership with the Nef Animation (New writings for the animated film) next October.

This first day also saw the launch of school screenings as well as the start of the FICAM® training component. This section is aimed at Moroccan public schools of art and cinema and which this year welcomes more than 150 students who take part in the various workshops of the festival. As a reminder, this 20th edition will continue in Meknes until May 11, 2022, and until May 15, 2022, in 11 other Moroccan cities thanks to FICAM® Morocco.