film locations have similarities with many places in the world.
has made it, a favourite destination, for legendary filmmakers
since the fifties, such as Henry Hathaway (The black rose –
1950), Orson Welles (The tragedy of Othello – 1952), Alfred
Hitchcock in 1956 (The man who knew too much), Robert Aldrich in
1962 (Sodom and Gomorrah), David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia-1962)
and Henri Verneuille ($100 000 au soleil-1962) … and more.
In the last three decades, other filmmakers as
as the ones mentioned above, also came to Morocco film locations and
filmed some of the biggest movies in the cinema’s history:
John Huston: The man who would be King: 1975.
The Last Temptation
of Christ: 1988 & Kundun: 1997.
Gladiator: 2000, Black Hawk Down: 2001, Kingdom
of heaven: 2004 and recently, Body of lies.
What did persuade all these
filmmakers to come and
their movies in Morocco?
They simply know that, whether the movies, they are
producing and directing, are talking about events happening
today or deep in a distant past, Morocco
film locations will
wonderfully fit, as if they were just tailored for their
They also know that, by filming their projects or part of them
in Morocco, they will surround their characters with a certain exotism
they wouldn’t find anywhere else. Or
simply give the illusion of shooting in any other part of the
world and still take advantage of all the benefits
by such a film location.
One of the major benefits is the proximity of Morocco to Europe
and to the states.
In addition to that,
Morocco has the most developed cinema infrastructure of the
Are there any other benefits? Regarding Morocco?
You can hire the most experienced
film companies in the
country to run the production services, including the location
scouts, offices rental,
equipment rental in Morocco or
abroad, transport, catering, accommodation and more...
You do not have to worry about dragging your
film equipment (except from
camera, lenses and filters).
bilingual in most cases, are used to work with foreigner teams
and are paid at much lower rates than technicians in the States
or in Europe.
The location fees are one of the cheapest in Africa and annual
sunshine levels are more than
8 hours a day at the most wanted filming locations, such as
Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Erfoud and Agadir.