The Centre Cinématographique Marocain (CCM – Moroccan Centre for Cinematography) was established by the Royal Decree of 9 January 1944, which makes it one of the world’s oldest public establishments tasked with regulating and promoting film.
It is a public establishment that comes under the oversight of the Minister of Communication. It has legal personality and financial independence, and its main missions include:
- regulating and inspection of the various film sectors (Production, Distribution, Exploitation)
- regulating and inspecting audiovisual production
- supporting the film industry
- promoting Moroccan film
- maintaining the archive of film heritage.
The CCM also:
- provides post-production services
- manages the film library
- operates a cinema (the “7ème Art” in Rabat)
- organises two festivals (the National Film Festival and the Mediterranean Short Film Festival of Tangier)
- undertakes international co-operation in cinematography.
The CCM issues:
- film permits
- professional cards
- film-rating certificates
- operating permits to producers and distributors (CINEMA, VIDEO, DVD, VCD), cinema operators, and video clubs.
The CCM works with:
- civil and military authorities to facilitate additional requests for assistance or authorisation made by producers.