Filming in Morocco

The Centre Cinématographique Marocain was founded in 1944. It is one of the world’s oldest public establishments tasked with regulating and promoting film.
Since the 1920s, Morocco has had a long tradition of welcoming foreign film shoots, from “Mektoub” by J. Pinchon and Daniel Quintin, filmed in Tangier in 1919, to “The man who knew too much” by Alfred Hitchcock in 1955, via “Othello” by Orson Welles in 1952 (awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes in 1952 as a Moroccan film).
Over the last 40 years, Morocco has become one of the world’s major film-shooting sites, whether for cinema or for television, whether for big-budget blockbusters or for small-scale productions.
Part of Morocco’s attractiveness lies in the wide variety of its landscapes: snow-covered mountains, sandy deserts, palaces out of “The Thousand and One Nights”, “Art Deco” buildings, qasba, Californian town, ultra-modern airports, fisherfolk villages, motorways, landing strips in the middle of the desert...
Increasing numbers of foreign film companies choose Morocco as a destination to make their productions. That, in turn, will certainly play a role in the development of the film sector and, beyond that, the national economy. To help that vital sector to flourish, several Moroccan and foreign investors have set up well-equipped film studios in CASABLANCA and OUARZAZATE, (ATLAS Studios, KAN ZAMANE Studios, CINEDINA Studios, ESTER ANDROMEDA Studios, CLA Studio). In January 2005, His Majesty King MOHAMMED V inaugurated the CINECITTÀ Studio in OUARZAZATE.




The Moroccan CCM reimburses 30% (after 28th, March 2022) of your eligible expenses.
If you plan to shoot in Morocco:
  • A feature length film
  • A television series
  • A TV film
  • A docufiction or a documentary
  • A long form fiction for internet
If you plan:
  • At least 10 million dirhams spend in Morocco (approx. $1M)
  • At least 18 days work in Morocco including set building
Before your production you should send a request to the CCM including:
  • The nature of the project;
  • The nature of the distribution;
  • The planned length of your work in Morocco;
  • The investment program;
  • The total amount that you plan to spend in Morocco;
  • The amount of eligible expenses in Morocco;
  • The amount of financial support requested.
Within 30 days:
In case of availability of funds, the Centre Cinématographique Marocain issues an initial approval and calls the foreign production company, within 30 days from reception of the request, to provide a bank guarantee of 5% of the amount of the financial support requested within 30 days, renewable only once.

From the date of payment of your deposit you have:
  • 6 months to start work
  • 12 months from the first day of shooting to finish your shoot
  • 3 months from the end of shooting to submit your accounts detailing spend in Morocco
Payment of the support amount:
After 28th, March 2022: The Centre Cinématographique Marocain transfers, in a single installment, the amount of the support to the bank account of the production company within a maximum period of one hundred and eighty (180) days after the decision of the commission related to a complete file of the payment request.