Alan Parker is to head the jury at the fourth edition of theMarrakech Film Festival (Dec 6-12).

Fourteen international films will be shown in the officialcompetition although their names have yet to be announced. The festival hasalso programmed tributes for Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, Egyptiandirector Youssef Chahine and Scotsman Sean Connery.

In total 65 films will be shown spread across thecompetition, a Panorama of Moroccan cinema and a tribute to Bollywood cinema.

This marks the first year that festival organising outfitPublic Systeme will handle Marrakech having taken over the reigns a few monthsago. Public Systeme are also responsible for the Deauville Festival of AmericanFilm, the Cognac Thriller Festival and the Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festivalamong others.