The Cincinnati Film Society is bringing you the chance of a lifetime, but we need your help to secure it! This Cincinnati raffle is raising money for the CFS filmmaker resources and youth education programs and our sponsor Open Doors Morocco has generously agreed to donate a free 4 day, 3 night tour of Morocco to one lucky raffle ticket holder (and a companion) once we reach a certain minimum of raffle ticket sales. If we can reach our entire goal, we can also provide $2000 toward airfare for the lucky winner. Get your friends to buy too so we can reach our goals! Don’t forget CFS is a 501(c)3 organization so donations are tax deductible!
⇒Each ticket is $10 and you may buy more than 1 ticket to increase your chances of winning
⇒A max of 2000 tickets will be sold, and a minimum of 500 is needed to secure the tour tickets. All ticket sales include a 3 month Friend Level Membership, giving you two free CFS movie passes a month. Donations are non-refundable and all donations will support the CFS cause.
⇒The tour is a 4 day, 3 night trip for 2 through Morocco- see where Lawrence of Arabia and Game of Thrones were filmed! More details about the tour are below, including terms.
⇒Winner to be announced in August
250 Tickets- Good start! If each buyer gets 1 friend to buy a ticket we will reach 500 in no time!
500 Tickets- all Raffle ticket buyers are entered to win a Tour of Morocco for 2.
1000 Tickets- The Filmmaker Grant Fund is funded (barebones).
1500 Tickets- Youth Education Program Funded (barebones).
2000 Tickets- The raffle ticket winner also receives a $2000 gift card toward 2 airline tickets to Marrakech.
Cincinnati Raffle Winners Day One- Marrakech to Dades Gorges
Your host picks you up at your accommodations in the morning and you head toward the High Atlas Mountains and the Tichka Pass. You stop to visit the famous Ait-Ben-Haddou Kasbah, which is registered in the UNESCO World Heritage Center and is a filming site for many movies. After the visit you take the Thousand Kasbahs Road through Skoura valley, which is famous for it’s 300 kasbahs. On the way to Dades Valley you pass through the famous rose fields of Kelaa M’gouna and you end your day at a well-located familial inn.
Winners Day Two- Dades Gorges to Merzouga
After breakfast, travel through a palm tree forest and the spectacular Todgha Gorges with it’s sharply cut rocks, then pass through Djebel Saghro, known for its dates and fossils. In the late afternoon you reach the great sand dunes of Merzouga where camels transport you to a Bedouin bivouac in the middle of the dunes to enjoy the sunset, dinner, music, and a night in a nomad tent under the stars.
Cincinnati Raffle Winners Day Three- Merzouga to Tamnogault
If you are early birds, watch the sun rise. Then trek by camel to the meeting place where you catch your 4×4 and head to the village of Tamnogault, which served as the 16th century meeting point for caravans travelling to and from the desert. Here you will visit the Tamnogault Kasbah, which served as the seat of the regional government as well as the aristocratic residence of the leaders of the area (whose family still own it to this day). From the top of the kasbah you have an unobstructed views of ruins and the river valley. Sleep at Chez Yacob, an ancient kasbah that has been converted into a comfortable hotel.
Raffle Winners Day Four- Tamnogault to Marrakech
Upon leaving Tamnogault, if there is enough time, you will drive though the Ounila Valley to Telouet Kasbah. The road back to Marrakech is the same one you took to Ait-Ben-Haddou, which is worth another view! Along the road you see the many diverse panoramas of Tizi-n-Tichka. Your host then drops you off at the riad Les Jardins Mandolines in Marrakech.
About Open Doors Morocco
Open Doors Morocco is a partnership of one Moroccan Bedouin, Said Ahnana and one Morocco Loving American, Nancy Lauer.
They go about tourism a little differently than the norm. They believe that enticing foreigners to vacation “in a bubble” apart from the culture of a place is selling the travelers and the host communities short. A suitcase of expensive souvenirs doesn’t compare to the personal transformation that comes from meaningful interaction with the personality of a place.
Their vision of authentic tourism is one where the lives of foreign guests, as well as those of Moroccan Nationals, are enriched in meaningful ways through ethical tourism.
Film Society of Cincinnati Raffle Tour Terms
- Private 4×4 comfortable with A/C, ODM host, and fuel
- Accommodations (double occupancy): Marrakech, Dades Gorges, Bedouin Bivouac, Tamnougalt
- Dinners (excluding Marrakech)
- Camel trek and camel guide
- All fuel, travel, taxes and tolls as per itinerary
- Lunches, snacks, or drinks
- Dinners in Marrakech
- Gratuities at your discretion
- Flights or travel to and from Morocco (if we reach 2000 ticket sales we will give the winner $2000 toward airfare)
- Personal Medical / Travel Insurance
Tour Blackout Dates:
- October and December 2017
- March-May 2018
Tour may be extended in various ways to add time, additional visitors, or to upgrade to premium accommodations for an extra fee.