LEBANON / “Sarde After Dinner”, the podcast to discuss the situation in Lebanon without taboos

Sarde After Dinner

“Sarde After Dinner” is the Lebanese podcast that dares. Its two creators discuss the important issues tearing the Lebanon apart with unprecedented freedom of expression. The idea came out of a meeting between audiovisual enthusiast Mouin Jaber and Médéa Azouri, a columnist for the Lebanese daily L’Orient le Jour, and their shared desire to reach out …

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ITALY / This year’s Integrazione Film Festival

IFF 2021

The 15th Bergamo film festival – the Integrazione Film Festival (IFF) – is being held from April 7th to 11th. Organized by Ruah, a social cooperative, in collaboration with Lab 80 Film, this year’s IFF will be streamed and, if the context permits, shown live at Bergamo’s Auditorium. It’s an international competition for short films and documentaries …

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MOROCCO SYRIA / Three films from Morocco and Syria sweep the board at the Oued-Noun Festival

Festival du Cinéma de Oued-Noun

The 9th Oued-Noun Film Festival was organized online from February 26th to 28th. Usually it takes place in southern Morocco, on the edge of the Sahara in the city of Guelgim. This year’s jury was chaired by Laurine Bauby, a French actress and director, accompanied by Moroccan actress Latefa Ahrar and Tunisian academic Wassim Korbi. The 3 …

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FRANCE TUNISIA / The CNC and the CNCI launch the call for projects for 2021


The Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image (CNCI) in Tunisia and its French counterpart the Centre National du Cinéma (CNC) have launched their 2021 call for projects which may be eligible for their grants. The Tunisian-French Cinematographic Co-production Assistance Fund is open to applications until April 30th. Launched in 2017, the fund was created within the framework of …

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LEBANON FRANCE / Launch of “NAFAS”, a programme to support Lebanese artists


The Institut français, the Association des Centres Culturels de Rencontre (ACCR) and the French Institute in the Lebanon have joined forces to offer residencies in France to 100 Lebanese working professionally in the creative sectors. Co-financed by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, “NAFAS”, as the emergency programme is called (“breath” in …

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FRANCE TUNISIA / The Franco-Tunisian actor Sami Bouajila receives the César for Best Actor

Un Fils

Sami Bouajila won the César for Best Actor for his role as Farès in “Un Fils” by Mehdi Barsaoui, a Tunisian-French co-production by 13Productions, Dolce Vita Films (France) and Cinétéléfilms (Tunisia). This is the second award he has received for his performance, after the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. The actor trained …

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MOROCCO / A partnership signed between the Office National Marocain du Tourisme (ONMT) and the Centre Cinématographique Marocain (CCM)

Signatures ONMT CCM

Friday March 12th in Rabat, the Office National Marocain du Tourisme (ONMT) and the Centre Cinématographique Marocain (CCM) signed a partnership agreement to promote Morocco in the international film and audiovisual industry. The goal is to make the country more attractive to foreign producers and to encourage growth. According to Observateur.info, this partnership plans to develop an offer called “Morocco, Shooting …

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