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Morocco-Tribeca Film Exchange

Eight New York Film students will join eight emerging Moroccan directors for two weeks of intensive filmmaking coursework in Marrakech between Nov. 6-20, in conjunction with the fifth annual Marrakech and Tribeca Film Festivals. The New York students and Moroccan helmers will work together to create a synergetic moviemaking alliance. The courses are designed to produce a learning environment for students first grasping the intricacies of filmmaking. Then, the chosen eight will have the rare opportunity to participate in the Marrakech International Film Festival, attending screenings and other festival events.

The coursework includes master classes offered by critically acclaimed directors, including Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), and Abbas Kiarostami of Iran (Close-Up, The Taste of Cherry).

"We're especially happy that two of the most influential filmmakers of our time have chosen to lend their efforts to this fledgling enterprise," remarked Peter Scarlet, executive director of the Tribeca Film Festival, "They're united by a deep affection and respect for each other's work -- and they've both been honored with the prestigious Golden Palm at Cannes."

Jane Rosenthal, co-chair of the Tribeca Film Festival Institute along with Robert De Niro, remarked that the purpose of the program is to bridge an international gap in film. His Royal Highness, Prince Moulay Rachid, President of the Marrakech International Film Festival Foundation, agreed that this unique program will foster an international partnership, and lead to greater unity and respect for filmmakers and audiences worldwide.

Spokespersons for the Tribeca Film Festival and the Marrakech International Film Festival note that each festival intends to promote tolerance and global awareness through the power of film.

--Soraya Darabi

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