Morocco’s political stability, steady economic growth, a thriving port and a strategic geographic position make it aggressively marketing itself as an attractive investment destination to the biggest players in the film industry.
The country’s efforts to attract investments in recent years were noticed, big investments by big movie productions in the world (Americans, Germans, British, Italians, French, etc…) and famous Actors such as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Collin Farrell, Keanu Reeves, Orlando Bloom, Peter O’Tool, Jake Gyllenhaal, and more landed in Morocco for not only its gorgeous locations and the well experienced crew but also for its safety and security, making it Hollywood of Africa.
“Morocco’s parliament approved a new Finance Law that included a new 20% cash rebate scheme for foreign shoots. The new Moroccan cashback mechanism offers a 20% cash rebate on all eligible spend in Morocco.”
The new government approach
- A major change in Morocco’s film laws which was publicised by Variety: “Morocco’s parliament approved a new Finance Law that included a new 20% cash rebate scheme for foreign shoots. The new Moroccan cashback mechanism offers a 20% cash rebate on all eligible spend in Morocco, provided that there is at least 10 million Moroccan dirham ($1 million) of eligible expenditure in Morocco and at least 18 days work – including set-building and/or the shoot. Given this, a production with only a six-day shoot but which also involves 12 days of set building can still qualify. General pre-production activity, such as location scouting, does not count for qualification.”
- Exempt all materials and services used in the filming of foreign films in Morocco on the VAT (20% ) and no taxes or social charges for foreign workers on shoots in Morocco.
- The temporary facilitate the import of technical equipment and machinery needed for filming.
- The intervention of some state agencies, the Royal Armed Forces of the Royal Gendarmerie and National Security, and others, to provide the necessary facilities for the teams photography.
- The simplification of administrative procedures regarding the granting of licenses of shooting.
The land of film making
For more than a century, Morocco has been an international land of filmmaking. However, many film directors made Morocco their second home for their movies such as Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese, Paul Greengrass, Oliver Stone, Christopher Nolan and more to be mentioned. All this and more makes Morocco your future land for your upcoming projects. Incoming productions do not need to bring their own crew only heads of department. A pool of very experienced, English speaking crew has developed in recent years. Morocco is a gateway to Africa, and a country of dizzying diversity. Here you’ll find epic mountain ranges, ancient cities, sweeping deserts – and warm hospitality.