The 2018 class was hosted in (Morocco) from March 9 to 17, in partnership with the Moroccan Film Festival and the Moroccan Film Center.
The second session took place in Marrakech, from June 6 to 14 for the "Morocco" group and from June 17 to 22 for the "Mediterranean" group, in partnership with the French Institute of Marrakech & the French Embassy in Morocco.
The third session will take place in Marseille, at the FRAC and La Vieille Charité, from November 8 to 14 for the "Southern Region" group, and from November 11 to 16 for the Mediterranean group, in partnership with the Southern Region and the City of Marseille. Then for the Morocco group in Rabat, from October 28 to November 3, in partnership with the Moroccan Film Center.
Yassine El Idrissi
Yassine el Idrissi (1983, Morocco) became passionate about photography and images at the age of 16. He has been a journalist for several Moroccan (Al Masae) and international newspapers. In 2009, he directed his first short documentary film, Waiting for the snow. In 2013, he graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy. He now focuses on directing. These films have been screened in more than 90 festivals (Rotterdam Film Festival, International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand...).
In an isolated village in the Atlas Mountains, there remains an old belief that saffron is cursed, causing the death of the inhabitants. But one man, Hassan, does not believe in this curse and tries in secret, to revive its production to bring the village out of misery.
Born in 1980 in Montpellier, I grew up in a small village in the back country. This childhood and adolescence in the heart of the land, under the sun, have deeply marked my imagination.At 18, I went to study at the Beaux-Arts of Montpellier and then at the Villa Arson in Nice. I practiced painting, photography and finally video. At the Beaux-Arts, I started to write my first stories, short stories that I then used as a scenario. I flirted then with narration and staging. After a year of wandering between Lyon, Burkina Faso and Berlin, I went to Le Fresnoy. In 2006, I found myself in Paris, in this bucolic Cité des Arts of Montmartre and I was still struggling to find my place between art and cinema. Over the years, my path has allowed me to experiment with different forms of storytelling, to explore the materials of image and sound, as well as several approaches to editing (video, multi-screen installations, short films). In parallel to these experiments, I have collaborated in choreographic, theatrical and musical multidisciplinary creations and thus elaborate video installations intended for the stage. And then there was this triggering film, L'ignorance invincible, produced by the G.R.E.C. My personal work has evolved towards a more narrative cinema, without denying its origins, but by feeding on them. I had chosen cinema. Since 2009, produced by Shellac and Thomas Ordonneau, I have directed 4 short films on youth and its emotions, films of gangs and solitude where stories of friendship and love are told to portray a youth conscious of itself, not without humor, irony and romanticism. Each film found its own form, its own band, its own heroes and heroines, and step by step I got closer to the actors and (re)wrote the scripts with them. My films have been presented in France and abroad (Pantin, Aix-en-Provence, Brive, Nice, Paris, Vendôme, Vila do Conde, Geneva, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Drama, Thessaloniki). At the same time, I lead numerous film workshops with teenagers and young adults. Each workshop is for me a way to be in contact with young people who could populate my stories, to invite them to write, to act, to film, to talk about themselves, their feelings, their relationships with others, with the world. I also conduct workshops in Art School, Drama School, or with the G.R.E.C. Dying young is my first feature film. The author Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam accompanied me in the writing and development of the film.
1995. Dorothée, 15 years old, disdains earthly foods and puts her body to the test in a high-level practice of gymnastics. She is wiry, determined and arrogant. Born in a fat family, Dorothée has always felt different from her family and has chosen another life. In search of the absolute and perfection, she trains until exhaustion with her coach Gérald, braving pain and danger. Dorothée is not afraid of anything and is ready to do anything to fly. One weekend back in the village, she meets her childhood friend Josephine. She meets an androgynous boy, Dylan, best friend of Joséphine's boyfriend, Mathieu. As they are about to go to a party in the middle of nowhere, Dorothée decides to go with them so as not to die stupid. That night, in this strange party where various bodies dance with singularity on a repetitive electronic music, Dylan looks at Dorothée and smiles at her. This smile and this other world awake his being to a buried need of sensuality and fusion, to another movement. By abandoning herself to dance and love, Dorothée frees her body and finally experiences the ecstasy so coveted.
Marked at a very young age by the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Josef Koudelka or Eliott Erwitt, I sometimes dreamed of myself as a war photographer, but in reality, I don't remember wanting to do anything other than write and direct films. Convinced that creation is only possible if you know the world around you, I began by studying ethnology and spending three years in "exile" in Budapest, where my mastery of the Hungarian language gave me the chance to work on the set of The Turin Horse, the latest film by the great director Béla Tarr. His unusual working methods, his technical and artistic requirements and his visual universe close to photography remain for me a unique experience that has deeply marked me.I started my professional career with documentaries, directing about ten films on politics and history for television and cinema. However, I never abandoned my attraction for fiction, the creation of stories and images. In 2013, I wrote and directed my first short film, Ceteris Paribus, which was presented in several French and international festivals. In 2018, my second short film, Vénère, a Bollywood musical-comedy, won the special mention of the jury of the HLM sur cour(t) festival. I am currently preparing my third short film, Tatoués.Diversifying the means of expression, I have also turned to writing comic strips. Dealing with the Russian Revolution of 1917, Kamarades is my first series as a screenwriter.I am currently preparing new documentaries for television and cinema, and developing a feature-length fiction script on women's soccer.
Professional soccer player at Olympique de Marseille, Oceane is the club's best player. Her efforts since childhood to be at the highest level finally seem to pay off, as she is about to be selected for the French team for the World Cup.But, after a complicated season, the club's leaders recruit Fanny, a promising and ambitious young striker. Her arrival in the team makes Océane's certainties shatter. Is she still talented enough to stay at the top? So, what is the difference between the two?
In 2001, just graduated in Architecture, Marc leaves his diploma at his School of Architecture in Marseille-Luminy to enter the world of Cinema through the door of Decoration. During five years, Marc learns "on the field" all the steps of the realization of a film as an assistant decorator, from the preparation to the post-production through the shooting, on films such as "Narco" (Tristant Aurouet & Gilles Lellouche), "I'm fine, don't worry" (Philippe Lioret), "Don't tell anyone" (Guillaume Canet) or even "The Concert" (Radu Mihaileanu) In 2006, he directed his first short film, " APPEL EN ABSENCE ", with Simon Buret (the singer of the group AaRON) then " VIELESSE ENNEMIE " in 2008 with Sara Forestier and Philippe Nahon. In the following years, he devoted himself to photography, editing and writing and directed music videos for various artists such as Hugh Coltman, Asaf Avidan, Louane, Raphaël, Brigitte, Hoshi, Malo', Dani, Jacky Terrasson and Stéphane Belmondo or Laurent Voulzy - two of which were made with the actor Pierre Richard ("The End of the World" by Hugh Coltman and "Mr William" by Aurore Voilqué Septet. At the same time, Marc directed a few digital films for Armani and L'Oréal, with actresses like Sarah Gadon and Eva Green. These experiences help him build an original filmic universe that he never stops evolving, and that he stages in his 3rd short film : " AMOR AMOR " in 2016, as well as the first episode of a documentary series on portraits of Chefs, with Wake Up Productions : " Bistronomy : the Parisian fighters ", and develops his first feature film : " Lest he runs away " with Nicolas Peufaillit, the co-writer of Jacques Audiard's " Un Prohète.
De peur qu'il ne se sauve
This is the story of a guy who does everything to make his dream come true. It's the story of a guy who when his dream comes true will do anything, everything, to destroy it.It's the story of a man who needs a woman's love so badly that he does everything to make them run away, all of them.In short, it's the story of a happiness that can only run away, lest it run away.
Born in 1983 in Casablanca, Morocco, Ayoub Layoussifi likes to talk about real and strong subjects that can touch a wide audience. Actor and director, he trained at the Actors Studio in Paris (Atelier de la méthode, Joël Bui) and obtained a Master Pro. at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis in Directing and Creation.From documentary to fiction, he worked between France and Morocco as a screenwriter, actor and / or director. After several first roles in short films, TV series, and feature films such as Les griffes du passé by Abdelkrim Derkaoui (2015), he distinguished himself internationally by starring with Nicole Kidman in Queen of the Desert by Werner Herzog (2015), or 13 hours by Michael Bay (2016). In 2017, he signed the direction of TIKITAT-A-SOULIMA, a short fiction film that obtained the financial contribution of the CNC in 2014 and selected at the short film festival of Clermont-Ferrand 2017 in the SECTION "Regards d'Afrique".The film received several awards in Morocco and Europe and about fifteen selections around the world. Ayoub Layoussifi is currently working on his first feature film, MEKTOUB. The script is co-written with David Azoulay.
Paris, in the 1980s, Rachel, a loving mother, is forced to reconnect with Malek, her childhood sweetheart, in order to save Simon, her son. Only problem: Malek is actually the young man's biological father and Alain, Rachel's husband, is unaware of it.
Jaad Gaillet is a French-Moroccan director who grew up in Paris. He combined his studies in mechanical engineering at the University Pierre et Marie Curie with studies in anthropology at the MNHN and the Cinéma du Réel in Paris. After his studies at Cinéma du Réel in Nanterre and Naples, he was selected for the Web documentary workshop at Gaîté Lyrique in Paris. Later, he obtained a Master's degree in Cinema at the Esav in Toulouse. Following his studies, he directed many short and long documentary films. He is currently working on a feature-length fiction project "Points noirs".
Leyla, a thirty-year-old Franco-Moroccan journalist travels to the High Atlas for a documentary project on wild boar hunters. The young journalist must then face the disappearance of all the wild boars shot, events of which she and her camera are the only witnesses.
Yasmine started as early as 14 years old as an intern on shoots and working on scripts. After studying psychology, she attended a summer training at the FEMIS in Paris.In 2006 she shot her short film, El bab, then, in 2010, her second, El djinn, in 2010.Today she also hosts a movie column on television and presents on the Internet short films she has enjoyed.
Until the end of time
Everything is ready for the summer Ziara (pilgrimage), a time when hundreds of families come to gather on the graves of their deceased, under the protection of Sidi Boulekbour, a benevolent marabout nestled at the top of the ridge, who watches over the souls of the deceased from the surrounding villages.In the bus carrying the pilgrims is JOHER, a sixty-year-old woman who has come to gather for the first time on the grave of her sister. She meets ALI, the gravedigger and guardian of the cemetery. She asks him to help her organize her own funeral.The organization, step by step, of JOHER's future funeral, will upset ALI's daily life and the cemetery will then turn into a theater of love.
After 10 years of forced enlistment in the army, Faiçal Ben is now part of this young generation of Moroccan filmmakers that can be counted on. Self-taught, he has finally found in the 7th Art what he was looking for for so long: his freedom of expression and creation. Having started his career as an editor, then as an assistant director on several institutional films, short films and web series, he is now involved in the direction of several films for cultural and artistic events. At the same time, he tries his hand at screenwriting for his own short and feature film projects, and for Moroccan television series.Following two experimental films (Décalage, 2015 and Confusion, 2016), he directed his first short fiction film, Alter Ego, produced in 2016 and selected in several international festivals. His second short film, Ales, produced in early 2018 received the Special Mention of the Jury at the 19th National Film Festival of Tangier and continues his tour of festivals internationally.In post-production of his third short film (Femme à Clefs, 2018), Faiçal is now devoted to writing his first feature film "Barzakh".
The year he turns 20, Hani learns that he has been accepted to the school of fine arts but that he must enter military school in order to follow the path his father has imagined for him. It is then a long quest for emancipation that starts for this young Moroccan, through fragments of life marked by this ambition to transform his destiny
Mohamad El-Hadidi is an Egyptian director, producer and cinematographer. He is also co-founder of "Rufy's Films", an independent production house based in Alexandria. Born in 1986, he studied independent filmmaking in the Jesuit Cultural Center workshop in Alexandria in 2009/2010. He started working as a cameraman and assistant director in the feature film "Hawi" by Ibrahim El Batout in 2010. As a cinematographer, he received many awards such as the European Union Award in 2011 and the Grand Prix Photo Marathon of Egypt in 2012.In 2013, he directed the short film "Alban Wady ElNeel" which won many awards such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Plaza Scholarship for Short Films in 2012, the best short film in the 9th Image Festival of 2013 and the award for the best short film in the 18th Egyptian National Film Festival in 2014. In 2013, he also co-directed, co-produced and co-directed the collaborative feature film "The Mice Room" with 5 other filmmakers.Since then he has worked as a producer and cinematographer in many short and feature films. Since then he has worked as a producer and director of photography on many short and feature films, which have been screened all over the world in prestigious festivals such as Berlinale, IDFA, Tampere, Dubai and AFI Fest. Currently, he is working on a feature film project "The Last Night".
La dernière nuit
In a world between dream and waking life, Reem and Osama, a troubled young couple in their thirties are running through a bucket list of things to do on their last night together. In their quest to overcome depression in post-revolutionary Egypt, the loving couple is convinced that what is best for them is to commit suicide. However, as they walk through the empty streets of Alexandria, Reem begins to have doubts, but Osama cannot accept the fact that she is no longer dying. Her shocking reaction causes him to question her intentions and their relationship as well as the idea of love in general. As the conversation between the two escalates, the conflict becomes physical.
Born in October 1982 in Paris, Ismahane spent her childhood in Tunisia with her grandparents. After post-baccalaureate studies in economics and management and in foreign languages applied to economics, she leaves for Canada and accompanies a friend on tour. It was during this trip that she discovered a passion for filmmaking. She then enrolled in a school of audiovisual production and obtained a Master's degree. After a few projects, she returned to Tunisia with a feature film project. She directed two documentaries. Back in Paris, she then embarked on the writing of her feature film A Respectable Family.
Une famille respectable
Houda and Ashraf, newlyweds, become candidates for the coveted status of "respectable family." Watched over by a pair of deities who are the guarantors of religious and moral order, Sidna and Sitna, the newlyweds find themselves forced to live as prisoners of a life, which for their mothers must be perfect.
Born in Morocco in the 80's, Mehdi pursued his film studies in Paris at the EICAR (International School of Audiovisual Creation and Directing) where he began with a BTS in production management before moving on to a course in film and audiovisual directing. In 2006, he decided to come back to Morocco to try his luck, first as an assistant director before directing "Cicatrices" in 2009. After several festival appearances, the film was a great success with both Moroccan and international audiences. This earned him four major awards, the last one being the Grand Prix d'Or de Création at the International Film and Television Festival of Lebanon in April 2011. In 2014, he founded a small production company he called Fade In, and threw himself body and soul into the preparation of his first feature film. Throughout his films, Mehdi is keen to express, his aversion against injustices, his commitment against social hypocrisy and his fight against the shortcomings or even the consequences of our contemporary societies.
Quelque part entre le rose et le bleu
The film traces three crucial periods - early adolescence (12-13 years), mid-adolescence (16-17 years) and young adulthood (seven years later) - in the life of Shams-Eddine, a young Moroccan, hermaphrodite, in search of his or her identity, in search of love and, above all, friendship. Declared and raised as a boy, his world is turned upside down when he becomes aware with fear that he is neither a woman nor a man, but both at the same time. Torn between his youth and his desire for self-exploration, he (she) is confronted with events that will force him (her) to question his (her) preconceived notions of masculinity, femininity, sexuality, family, and love.
After 2 years of studies in the United States, Karima joined ESRA in Nice. It is during these 5 years spent in France, between studies and first professional experiences, that she starts a career in cinema, first in production, then in directing. She returned to Morocco in 2011 and immediately started working on all kinds of international productions including Exit Marrakech (Caroline Link), Far from Men (David Oelhoffen), Eye on Juliet (Kim Nguyen), Mission Impossible 5 (Christopher McQuarrie), The Promise of Dawn (Eric Barbier) ...In 2017 Karima directed her first short film "Ferraille"; since the beginning of 2018, "Ferraille" has already been selected in 24 Festivals. Today she co-writes her 1st feature film, "Grand-Petit frère" (Ferraille, the feature film), with David Villemin.
Sarah is getting ready to resume her studies when she learns that Adam, her autistic "big little brother" has been committed. Sarah escapes her brother, and decides to take him with her to AgadirAt the wheel of her red 4L, Sarah's Odyssey through the Atlas Mountains will turn, as she meets new people, into a real initiatory journey and will lead her to reconcile with herself, with her family, but above all with life.
Sabrina Chemloul directed her first short film, "Ces images qui me regard", in 2002. This visual poem in 16 mm, composed from photographs and archival images, was integrated into the set design of the play "Le Poète Encerclé", directed by Réda Kateb in 2003. She then pursued her professional career in Canada and the United States, where she directed a second short film, "Mario's Flower", in 2005, and collaborated on numerous feature films and television series as a scriptwriter (HBO, PBS, Comedy Central).Her feature film script, "La Bâtarde", was awarded the CNC's Aide à la Réécriture (Rewriting Grant), before being selected by SODEC for the Atelier Grand Nord writing residency in Canada in 2016. It was also shortlisted by Cinephilia Inspire Residency in New York in 2017, then by the Rawi Screenwriter's Lab (Sundance), in Jordan, in 2018.Sabrina Chemloul is currently in the process of rewriting the screenplay "La Bâtarde" within the Méditalents residency. She is also preparing the production of her third short film, "Deux ou trois choses que je ne sais pas d'elle", and has just been selected for the Africadoc 2018 program led by Ardèches Images, for her documentary project, "Celle à qui je n'ai jamais dit maman".
Oran, Algeria, October 1988. While the country is shaken by riots and young people are demanding freedom and democracy, Yasmine, a 17-year-old girl living alone with her mother, runs away. Having grown up in France from birth until the age of 10, Yasmine is an uprooted young girl who oscillates between death wish and fury of living. Her friendship with Kenzi, a young woman living on the street, will soon fuel a double desire for revenge.
Ludivine Saës approaches cinema through editing. This third writing leads her to Denmark alongside Thomas Vinterberg and Per Fly.Back in France she discovers the serial universe which completes her relationship to fiction. As the editing process progressed, she felt the need to approach storytelling through the script. In 2018, she joined emergence, to co-develop with Marguerite Didierjean, the digital series Toute la misère du monde. And benefits from THE 2018 Talents SELECTION of the GAN Foundation for the development of Dis-leur que je reste, her first feature film.
Dis-leur que je reste
Pharmacist from an Algerian province, Suzanne does not take the measure of what her pied-noire community still calls the 'events'.
But facing a daily life that is disrupted every day by an Algerian entourage that is regaining its freedom, Suzanne decides to collaborate with each side in order not to leave her native land. Not hesitating to disavow her deepest convictions.
Antoine Capliez is an author-director of documentaries and fiction ("Tallula"; "The Night Boy"), as well as TV series. His work takes a look at societal issues that challenge, such as: homophobia (documentary series "Plus rose ma ville"), unemployment (TV series "le destin extraordinaire de Kevin Martin"), parenthood and precariousness (documentary "Le temps d'échanges"), drugs (TV series "Les bas côtés") or the journey of an HIV positive woman (documentary "Mes cicatrices"). In his work as a screenwriter, marginality and the position of each person in relation to society are among his recurring themes. He often approaches these subjects in a very personal way, in a form that is similar to "poetic realism". Today, he co-wrote A Porta Gayola, his first feature film, with Louise de Prémonville.
A porta Gayola
When Keryann, as a boy, sees his father, Bachir, let himself be humiliated without reacting, his world collapses. In his low-income neighborhood of Arles, his future seems closed, until he crosses paths with Luis, a charismatic trainer at the bullfighting school.
Louise De Prémonville
After studying ethnology and a stint in a professional dance company, she worked in editing, mainly documentary (MK2, Arte, France 2, France 5...) for 8 years. At the same time, she started directing short films (documentary and fiction) including "Les bourreaux", "Cabossés", "Les insouciants", "Le corps des vieux" selected in festivals (Palm Springs, Aspen, Clermont-Ferrand, Aubagne, Ebensee, Seoul...) and broadcasted on national and international channels She is currently developing several documentary projects and is writing A Porta Gayola, her first feature film, with Antoine Capliez.
A porta Gayola
When Keryann, as a boy, sees his father, Bachir, let himself be humiliated without reacting, his world collapses. In his low-income neighborhood of Arles, his future seems closed, until he crosses paths with Luis, a charismatic trainer at the bullfighting school.
Christophe Lemoine is a French screenwriter, director, actor, comic strip scriptwriter and writer of children's literature.
Born in Morocco, he arrived in France at the age of 13. For a whole decade, his career took off in the world of theater, where he worked as an actor and director. He gradually began to write for the stage. In 2000, he became a writer for young people and a comic-strip scriptwriter. Les trois imposteurs" (2005-2006), in collaboration with Jean-Marie Woehrel, was his first published comic strip.
He also wrote the adaptations of "Robinson Crusoe", drawn by Jean-Christophe Vergne (2007), "L'Odyssée", drawn by Miguel Imbiriba (2010) and "L'île au trésor", drawn by Jean-Marie Vergne (2010) for Éditions Adonis' "Romans de Toujours" collection. He also wrote the screenplay for "L'Incroyable Music Hall!", drawn by Bruno Bazile, which appeared periodically in "Spirou". 2010 saw the production of a short film, which enjoyed a successful career, leading him to consider writing for the cinema. A screenwriter for film, animation and television, and a writer who passed through the Groupe Ouest Annual Selection in 2012, he also often acts as consultant, coach or script-doctor.He received the Prix des Écoles at the Terre de Bulles festival in Langeac in 2012 for "La Guerre des Boutons", the Prix de la Ligue de l'Enseignement at the BD Boum festival in Blois in 2012 for "Clara", and the Prix Latulu 2015 for "Poil de Carotte".
Jamal Belmahi was born in Morocco to a Moroccan father and an Austrian mother. A screenwriter for more than a decade, he has written several TV formats and also two film projects (Les Chevaux de Dieu, dir. Nabil Ayouch, Adieu l'Afrique Director: Pierre-Alain Meier). He is currently developing several projects, including Idir Serghine's first feature film.
He is a consultant on several series in Morocco and Algeria, a member of the CNC commission for the financial contribution for short films and one of the founding members of a French association of professional screenwriters: the SCA (Scénaristes de Cinéma Associés).
Born in Morocco, Ismaël Ferroukhi came to France as a child and grew up in a small town in the south of the country. In 1992, he wrote and directed his first short film, L'Exposé, which was selected in the Cinéma en France category at Cannes. It won the Best Short Film award and the Kodak Prize.
Two years later, he met Cédric Kahn and co-wrote Trop de bonheur. The film, co-produced by Arte, was presented at Cannes. The two men went on to write Culpabilite zero together. In 1996, he directed his second short film, L' Inconnu, starring Catherine Deneuve. At the same time, he wrote and directed two TV films (Un été aux hirondelles and Petit Ben), followed by his first feature, Le Grand voyage, in 2004. Telling the story of Reda, a young high-school student who has to take his father to Mecca, Ismaël Ferroukhi won rave reviews from the industry and was awarded the Luigi de Laurentiis Prize for Best First Film at the 2004 Venice Film Festival. Following this success, he reunited with Cédric Kahn and co-wrote L' Avion, a poetic tale of childhood with Isabelle Carré and Vincent Lindon. He then joined the Enfances collective, for which he directed a short film on the childhood of Jean Renoir, starring Clotilde Hesme.
2011 saw the release of his second feature film, Les Hommes libres, with religion as its central theme. For the occasion, he cast Tahar Rahim as a young Algerian living on the black market during the Second World War, whose life is transformed when the police arrest him and force him to spy on the Grand Mosque of Paris.