The Moroccan film sector has picked up since the lifting of health restrictions. According to the secretary general of the Moroccan Film Center (CCM), Khalid Saidi, foreign film shoots generated a turnover of 2 billion dirhams in 2022, more than double that of the previous year.
This turnover has exceeded the psychological milestone of one billion dirhams, against 800 million dirhams in 2019 before the crisis, 211 million dirhams in 2020 and 441 million dirhams in 2021. A great success for the CCM, which hopes to double this figure in 2023.
According to Khalid Saidi, this improvement in revenue is due to the conjunction of several feature film projects whose shooting has already begun or is scheduled for the coming months. He cites in particular three small shootings with a budget of 15 million dirhams each, an average shooting of 60 million dirhams, another already underway with an investment of 110 million dirhams and finally, the shooting next May of the sequel to Gladiator for a budget of 305 million dirhams, reports Medias24.
The first quarter of 2023 has already brought in more than 500 million dirhams, and the secretary general expects a turnover of at least 700 million dirhams for the first half of this year alone. If this trend continues, last year’s revenue will be doubled.
Requests to shoot feature films and series continue to pour in, and ongoing negotiations between foreign production companies and Moroccan executive producers for major projects suggest that 2023 will be a record year for the Moroccan film sector. “The year 2023 will be the year of all records,” concludes the CCM.