BMFF to screen Nabil Ayouch’s Casablanca Beats and Oliver Stone’s Nuclear Now as part of programming for local community

The Blue Mountains, ON – April 27, 2023 – The Blue Mountain Film Festival (BMFF) today unveiled programming and industry opportunities aimed at the Blue Mountain community, specifically for high school students, environmental thought leaders and enthusiasts, and local creatives in the screen-based industry. Special screenings include Nabil Ayouch’s CASABLANCA BEATS, including a Q&A with the lead actor Anas Basbousi; and three-time Academy Award winner Oliver Stone’s NUCLEAR NOW followed by a panel discussion with lead environmentalists. The festival runs from June 1-4 at the Blue Mountain Village Conference Centre. The full programming lineup will be announced on May 1, 2023, with the Creative Forum programming announced on May 4, 2023. More information can be found by visiting the BMFF website.

“BMFF is committed to bringing the best in international cinema and culture to its film-going patrons as well as creating engaging dialogue around timely issues. We are proud to bring important projects like Casablanca Beats and Nuclear Now to the local community who are incredibly engaged in world issues,” said Helen du Toit, Festival and Artistic Director for BMFF. “In our second year, we are also expanding opportunities for the creative community who are a vital part of the dynamic fabric of the area.”


Blue Mountain Film Festival, in partnership with Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts will host a special screening of CASABLANCA BEATS by celebrated Moroccan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch at the Village Conference Centre for local high school students. Three hundred youth will attend the screening and participate in a special Q&A with the film’s lead actor/rapper Anas Basbousi on May 31st. 

Inspired by filmmaker Nabil Ayouch’s experience of opening a creative arts centre for youth in a Casablanca ghetto notorious for breeding terrorists, this contender for the Palme d’or at Cannes 2021 fuses dramatic fiction with documentary elements to punchy effect. The film traces the impact of a rap class led by real-life rapper Anas on a diverse group of young Moroccan youth. Anas pushes the students to explore personal and political themes, testing the limits of free expression in this modern Islamic society. The kids’ improvement under his tutelage is clear, and their propulsive rhymes keep the movie bristling with energy.


In partnership with Watershed Trust, BMFF presents a special screening of  Oliver Stone’s NUCLEAR NOW. The screening will be followed by a debate between champions of Nuclear Power and Alternative Energy sources. Participants to be announced.

With unprecedented access to the nuclear industry in France, Russia, and the United States, iconic director Oliver Stone’s documentary, Nuclear Now! explores the possibility for the global community to overcome challenges like climate change and reach a brighter future through the power of nuclear energy — an option that may become the only viable way to ensure our continued survival sooner than we think.


BMFF is dedicated to creating opportunities for local creatives in the screen-based industry and ensuring they have access to the Creative Forum, which will once again welcome some of the industry’s top minds. Through public donations and support from Blue Mountain Village Foundation, ten local creatives will receive an all-access pass to Creative Forum and four full days of regular screenings.  Applications are open for producers, directors, and/or writers. Applicants will need one of the following to be eligible: a minimum of 1 film festival credit (short or feature) or an award for a web or tv series. Recipients will be selected by Helen du Toit by May 15, 2023.

Public donations can be made through Blue Mountain Village Foundation and will support BMFF’s environmental programmes. Donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt. Please visit BMFF website here for more information or to donate.

Sponsors and supporters for BMFF 2023 include Blue Mountain Village, Blue Mountain Resort, Bruce Grey Simcoe, Town of The Blue Mountains, Directors Guild of Canada (Ontario), Telefilm Canada, Film Finances Canada, Sutton Entertainment, Urban Post, Grey County, Simcoe County, Tatham Engineering, NBCUniversal, Primont Homes, Mountain Life Magazine, Classical 96.3, Royal Lepage Locations North, and Canada Life.

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For more information, please contact:

Andréa Grau, Touchwood PR

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