Morocco/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

In 2002, a law [33] was issued to amend the law [40] regulating the Moroccan film industry. This new law addressed issues of shooting, production, distribution, use of theatres and penalties.

Film producers can create either joint-stock or limited-liability companies if they generate revenue in excess of MD 500,000 or 300,000, respectively. The company must have at least produced one feature film and three short films, all of which must be Moroccan and shot in Morocco.

Distribution agencies can be created in the form of either joint-stock or limited-liability companies. The company must be managed by a film programmer or producer or by a theatre manager with at least five years’ experience.

To shoot films, a license must first be obtained from the director of the Moroccan Film Centre. Production permits must also be obtained from the Moroccan Film Centre at the Cinematography Validation Committee’s behest. The use of cinemas is subject to obtaining a conformity certificate in addition to a permit from the Moroccan Film Centre.

The Moroccan Film Centre sets minimum wages for those working in film.  For example, a director’s minimum wage is MD 1,000 daily, a sound engineer’s is MD 1500.

Video and photography are treated by copyright law [42] the same as the other previously mentioned artistic works.

Chapter published: 05-05-2016