The Carthage Film Festival (JCC), dean of African and Arab festivals, is doing well. From biennale until 2014, it has become annual; thanks to prolific African and Arab film industries.

2016 was the occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the JCC. 2017 was the year of assessments and reforms. 2018 will be the year of confirmation for last year's choices and the opportunity to put the festival in more perspective both in the region and around the world.

The festive and popular aspect of the JCC is important and the festival is undoubtedly the biggest event in the country, the only one that transforms the face of Tunis by draining an incredible and good-natured public (more than 200 000 spectators in movie theaters and more than 2 million people in the center of Tunis in 8 days). But it was necessary to refocus the festival on its fundamentals:

- Confirmation of the festival’s African and Arab vocation and a better balance between Africa and the Arab countries in terms of films and guests.
- Confirmation of the desire to be a festival of the South, a tri-continental forum with Africa, Asia, Latin America and a zest of the Mediterranean region.
- The deepening of the creative, film loving and why not activist options of the festival, this tendency being at the heart of the fight for the emancipation of Africa and the Arab world.
- The reinforcement of Carthage Pro, the professional platform of the JCC, essential space, incubator of ideas and projects, a place of networking for professionals of the South and their counterparts of the North.
- The continuation of the policy of decentralization of the JCC, by initiating the creation of 4 festivals in other cities inside the country, with the goal of quickly making them independent of JCC.
- JCC in the prisons was a success, and will continue in 6 prison units throughout the country.

2018 was the launching year of a huge cultural project, the Cité de la Culture, in the center of Tunis. This achievement, probably the most important in Africa and the Arab world, gives pride of place to cinema, with 6 concert halls and cinemas and the launch of the Tunisian Cinematheque, which has become a reality. The JCC have invested this space in two ways, since our headquarters are now housed there permanently, and an important part of our programming will take place there, with outstanding welcoming and technical conditions.

And so, long live the JCC!

Long live cinema!

And save your dates because we are waiting for you in Tunis from the 3rd to the 10th of November 2018.

Néjib Ayed

Director General