UNESCO and Netflix partner to find “films of tomorrow” in sub-Saharan Africa


Paris: UNESCO and the US streaming giant Netflix launched a short film competition on Thursday under the title “African Folktales with a New Template”, with the aim of discovering the “new talents” of young directors in sub-Saharan Africa.

“This initiative aims to search for new talents and important folk stories that form a large part of our heritage and culture in Africa,” said Nigerian Ben Amadason, who is responsible for original content and acquisitions for Netflix in Africa, during a visit to Paris.

The six winners of this competition will receive $25,000 each and will receive training and mentorship from industry professionals.

The winners will also benefit from a budget of $75,000 to make, shoot and produce short films for broadcast on Netflix in 2022, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said.

Those wishing to participate in the competition, which will run until November 14, must be between the ages of 18 and 35, reside and hail from a country in sub-Saharan Africa, and have at least two years (and five years at most) professional experience in the audio-visual field. .

UNESCO and Netflix noted that “many emerging directors face difficulties in finding funding and visibility, which allows them to focus on their talents and develop their creative careers.”


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