Moroccan Short Mobile Films contest. Wadii Charrad: “You have to know how to adjust the way you tell a story”

Moroccan Short Mobile Films contest. Wadii Charrad: “You have to know how to adjust the way you tell a story”
Moroccan Short Mobile Films contest. Wadii Charrad: “You have to know how to adjust the way you tell a story”

Wadii Charrad
President of the MSMF jury

Tuesday May 7, at the Mohammed VI theater in Casablanca, the Moroccan Short Mobile Film Contest presented the prizes for its second edition, with the active support of the BMCI BNP Paribas foundation, chaired by Jaouad Hamri. The chairman of the BMCI board, Hicham Seffa, also took the stage. During his introduction, Mohamed Ali Lyamani, president of the festival, used an image: “A two-year-old child is a greater responsibility. It’s about providing all the means so that this baby, who will become a man in the years to come, will be able to unite around him a group of young people who have this desire to succeed, to make films, to make proof of creativity, and to share their passion for cinema.

Eighteen three-minute films, shot with phones by promising Moroccan youth, were screened during the second edition of the Moroccan Short Mobile Film Contest. The Hope Prizes won the opportunity to follow training courses in partner art schools: Art’com Sup, ENSAD and ESDAV. The three winners of the awards for best female director, the public and the jury each received an iPhone 15, a valuable working tool for these budding filmmakers. With more than 100,000 views on its Internet page, the young festival received 60,000 votes for the public prize election. As for the jury, it was made up of photographer Marco Ricci and directors Nabil Merrouch and Wadii Charrad. The latter was kind enough to explain to Inspirations ECO how the jury made its choice.

What is special about such a short format for a film?
The particularity of the short format is that you have to have a powerful idea. Its problem and its strength lie in the fact that we do not have the time to develop it over a long period of time. You have to know how to adjust the way you tell a story. It is a very difficult exercise. And what’s more, in three minutes. Even for me, as a director, this exercise is very hard.

You chaired the jury for this edition. On what criteria did you award the prizes?
We chose our own criteria. For example, last year’s jury had others. The next one will perhaps have another vision… We, with the other members of the jury, wanted to go beyond films that tell a story. We wanted more. We looked for directors who create an atmosphere and made our selection based on that. The other films are well told. There were some strong topics. Perhaps another jury would have awarded the prizes differently. But we had our position: we were looking for directors who create a universe, within the framework of this very short format exercise.

Is this a good introduction to a career as a filmmaker?
Yes, because if you can tell a story in three minutes, you should also be able to tell it in an hour and a half. But this is not an absolute rule. Sometimes a director makes a very good first feature film, and then his second is not up to par. There is an element of chance. But I believe that it is above all the breath with which we make a film that makes it work or not. Each film has its own Source.

Murtada Calamy / ECO Inspirations

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