The Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) is proud to announce its partnership with the 2018 edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival and the “Ateliers de l’Atlas” from December 2-6, 2018, in Marrakech, Morocco.

The network will hold its fourth General Assembly at the Marrakech International Film Festival, on December 3, 2018.

NAAS will also contribute with a number of activities to the “Ateliers de l’Atlas”, a creative and professional platform launched by the festival this year to support filmmakers and to provide a place for exchange between international professionals and regional talents.


NAAS prize for film circulation

A jury of NAAS members will award a prize for film circulation to one of the six films in post-production presented during the “Ateliers de l’Atlas”. The prize amounts to $3,000 and will be issued to the NAAS member spaces to invite the filmmaker or a crew member to present their film and to facilitate its circulation among Arabic-speaking countries.


In addition, each of the six directors participating to the “Ateliers” will receive a consultancy session provided by the NAAS exhibitors and distributors.


The Ateliers de l’Atlas Award Ceremony takes place on December 5 at 5pm at the Beldi Country Club.


Read about the 2017 NAAS prize for film circulation


Roundtable discussion : Cinema Audiences on the African Continent: Perspectives and Strategies.

The closure of cinemas in the African continent in the recent past has been widely perceived as the end of an era; a closer look, however, reveals otherwise. Beginning with the presentation of the recently NAAS-published study Mapping Cinema Audiences: Egypt, this roundtable brings together participants actively engaged in mobilizing new film-going audiences.


With Nour El Safoury, researcher and editor of the publication Mapping Cinema Audiences: Egypt (NAAS), Kaïs Zaïed (exhibitor, CinéMadart), and Malek Ali Yahia (distributor, M. D. CINE).

Moderated by Rasha Salti.

December 5 from 2pm until 4pm at the Beldi Country Club.


Read more about Mapping Cinema Audiences: Egypt