Marrakech master class

Film orgs ink workshop pact

Filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Abbas Kiarostami will topline the upcoming launch of a new exchange program inked between the Tribeca Film Institute and Morocco’s Marrakech Intl. Film Festival Foundation.

The pioneering program, which will be held in Marrakech in conjunction with upcoming film fest there, will bring together eight New York film students and eight emerging Moroccan directors. Workshop is set for Nov. 6-20.

Morocco’s film festival, which runs Nov. 11-19, is under the patronage of King Mohammed VI and Prince Moulay Rachid, who is fest prexy.

America’s Scorsese and Iran’s Kiarostami will teach a master class that will be part of the Marrakech/Tribeca Filmmaker Exchange’s core offerings. They will be joined by thesp Jeffrey Wright (“Angels in America,” “Broken Flowers”), along with additional filmmakers from the U.S. and Morocco. Students also will do intensive shooting.

“We are constantly seeking to bridge the gap between U.S. filmmakers and those in other parts of the world, which will lead to greater unity, understanding and respect amongst people of different cultures and backgrounds,” Tribeca co-chair Jane Rosenthal said.

Exchange program is assisted financially by the U.S. State Dept.’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Following the workshop, four of the Moroccan film students will continue their training with a director or professor and be invited to show their completed short films at the 2006 Tribeca Film Fest.

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