The Marrakech International Film Festival foundation is organizing an introductory and advanced film criticism workshop for journalists


The Marrakech International Film Festival Foundation will organize on July 16 and 17 in Casablanca an introductory and advanced film criticism workshop for journalists, which will be led by Charles Tesson, vice-president of the Syndicat Français de la Cinema critic and former editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinéma.

In line with the various actions carried out by the Marrakech International Film Festival Foundation to support the strengthening of professional action in the cinema sector, this workshop offers to acquire specific knowledge and skills linked to film criticism. cinema through film analysis and the practice of film criticism, whether preparing interviews or writing critical texts.

The workshop is aimed at culture and cinema journalists working in Morocco, wishing to learn about film criticism or to perfect their practice and acquire new tools to develop their skills.

It will be moderated by a personality well known to film buffs, Charles Tesson, who was general delegate of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, from 2012 to 2021 and previously, editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinéma, from 1998 to 2003.

Alongside his work as a critic, he was professor of cinema history at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris III) and he is the author of several works on cinema: Satyajit Ray (1992), Luis Buñuel (1995), Theater and cinema (2007), Akira Kurosawa (2008), etc.

The workshop program will take place over two days as follows:

* Tuesday July 16:

– The critical function: History of criticism, ethics, role of criticism, critical function. What’s the point ?

– The critical exercise: analysis of critical texts on a film.

* Wednesday July 17:

– Screening of a feature film followed by a discussion: methodology of film analysis with a view to producing a critical text.

– Interview methodology.

– Writing workshop.

The participants in this workshop will be selected following a call for applications which will close on June 25. Candidates are invited to go to the festival website to read the participation criteria:

The workshop is free and places are limited. It will take place in French and Arabic (simultaneous translation).

Registration form in French

Registration form in Arabic

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