Passion, Knowledge, Transparency
About kasbah films
Kasbah Films is a production services company based in Morocco and founded in 2006. We, its founders, have been trained at prestigious European film schools and have gained experience on countless productions, learning how to keep costs down and add high production values at all budget levels. We begin our collaborations by understanding your creative requirements – which enables us to assist in streamlining your production and cut unnecessary costs. Our international backgrounds help significantly to manage cultural differences, integrating local crew with their foreign heads of department.
One US based client recently remarked that we are the “next generation of Moroccan production services companies”. We are proud to see ourselves this way – focussing on transparency and real collaboration with our clients.
We have unparalleled local knowledge and expertise.
We are hands-on passionate filmmakers ourselves.
We run an ethical business and are fully transparent.
What our clients say
Tom Tykwer, Director
A Hologram for the King, Cloud Atlas, The International
»Following our great experience with Kasbah Films in Morocco, I insisted on having Karim Debbagh as supervising producer when we shot the diving scenes in Egypt three months later – it's a solid proof of my appreciation for his work.«
Director - BEIRUT
»Karim and Michael were absolutely essential for helping me get my film produced in Tangier. They are the best show in town by far, seem to know EVERYBODY worth knowing, and assisted us in all departments, making our shoot a huge success for all involved. Would work with them again in a heartbeat!«
Peter McAleese, Producer
Unknown, Bridget Jones, The Gunman
»I had the great pleasure to work with Karim Debbagh as the Moroccan Line Producer on "The Red Tent". It was a difficult and extremely ambitious show which carried the weight of huge expectations from both the Broadcasters and the International Studio which financed it. Karim always proved himself to be totally professional in terms of his commitment to carrying out his responsibilities. Together with Michael Dreher he runs their company Kasbah Films with an enviable combination of good humour and steely resolve in a way which completely delivers on the honesty and transparency expected of any outfit seeking to compete in today's very competitive International Marketplace. Karim and Michael's joint contribution to the successful execution of "The Red Tent" was enormous.«
Steve Saeta, Producer
Hitman: Agent 47, Spider-Man, The Island
"For years I heard of only two production service companies in Morocco and was surprised to find Kasbah, who came highly recommended. The other companies were not as receptive as I had expected while Kasbah was hungry for the opportunity. I have always been a believer in finding new talent; neither Karim nor Michael ever disappointed me. In fact they exceeded my expectation. Whatever was needed, however we needed to proceed, they were there to persevere, both willing and able. I never doubted their veracity and ultimately had great trust and respect for both of them. I hope to return to Morocco so we may continue the collaboration."
Marcus Loges, Line Producer
Cloud Atlas, The Cut, A Hologram for the King
»Whether you're shooting with A-list talent in rural areas or in the uncontrollable chaos of a city like Casablanca, you absolutely need a local production services company, who understands the big picture in order to make it happen. Karim, Michael and their team from Kasbah Films allowed us to make the best possible version of our film "A Hologram for the King", and ensured we had a great time doing it!«
Patrick Newall, Producer
Good Kill, The Zero Theorem, Anon
"Working with a Director like Larry Charles (Borat, Brüno) who relies heavily on improvisation, needs a Production Services Company that is able to support this highly creative approach and is still determined to fight for the budget realities that are constantly in danger. I was impressed how Karim and Michael were able to handle this challenge. I also found both of them to be real gentlemen, honest and direct and that is a premium in our business, so I strongly recommend working with them.“
Alexandre Moors, Director
The Yellow Birds, Blue Caprice, Kendrick Lamar
"Kasbah Films runs a tight ship. They understood the limits of our budget and delivered production services above and beyond to help us achieve the kind of scope our film needed. Moreover, Karim and Michael are true film lovers and they created a wonderful work environment for our team.“
Shea Kammer, Line Producer
American Hustle, To the Bone, Ted
"I was deeply impressed with Karim and Michael's ability to simultaneously prep shooting units in Morocco and Germany for our multi-country film. They were true collaborators throughout production, and often made miracles happen that at first glance seemed impossible. I would highly recommend them to any filmmaker looking for production services in both Morocco and Germany."
Producer - Metropia, Apflickorna, The Nile Hilton Incident
»I´m so happy that Kasbah film and Karim Debbagh came in as production service company in Casablanca. The project has had a lot of bad luck before, but when we meet Karim that was a turning point. I really like to go back to Morocco and would love to work with Kasbah again and again ….«
Producer - Lommbock
»Michael and Karim gave us advice of great expertise during preparation and location scouting in Morocco. They responded helpfully and honestly to questions regarding budget requirements, and organised a perfect shoot in three different cities, on a tight schedule. Michael and Karim have met our project needs with a high degree of professionalism. Their sense of humor, coupled with well-honed expertise ensured we had an enjoyable time, and a successful shoot in Morocco.«
Projects in spotlight
A Hologram for the King
starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Skeritt, Sarita Choudhury, Omar Elba
Producer: Stefan Arndt, Gary Goetzmann, Uwe Schott, Arcadiy Golubovich
X-Filme Creative Pool, Playtone, Primeridian Entertainment
The Red Tent
starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Morena Baccarin, Minnie Driver, Iain Glen
Producer: Peter McAleese, Paula Weinstein, Jayson de Rosner
Sony Pictures Television, Lifetime
The Nile Hilton Incident
starring: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Hichem Yacoubi
Producer: Kristina Aberg, Karim Debbagh, Jon Wigfield
Atmo productions, Kasbah-Films
Kollegah – Nero
Producer: Karim Debbagh, Seloua Elgouni, Francisco Gonzalez Sendino
Kasbah Films, Weltweit