Morocco hits single year record from foreign productions
2014 heralded a record breaking year for Morocco’s film industry. The Moroccan Cinematographic Centre has just reported that last year the country brought in over $120m in revenue from foreign productions.
Over the last 12 months the North African nation led the Arab destinations as the most popular film location, with high profile feature films such as: Mission: Impossible 5, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Our Kind of Traitor, Exodus: Gods and Kings, American Sniper and Son of God all shooting in the country.
Arguably the most high profile feature to come to the area in recent months is upcoming James Bond epic, Spectre, which briefly shot in the country in December and is set to return for a longer shoot in the summer.
Major TV productions are also increasingly heading to the area with Game of Thrones and The Ark both setting up camp in the Maghreb region of North Africa.
Head of The Moroccan Cinematographic Centre, Sarim Fassi-Fihri, commented on last years spike at the closing of the Tangiers Film Festival: “For the Middle East region, we are practically the only one that can guarantee peace and stability.”