Netflix & UNESCO Looking For Africa’s Next Biggest Story

Netflix is looking for Africa’s next biggest story through their ‘African Folktales Reimagined’ Short Film Competition. The project which is a collaboration between the giant film production company and UNESCO aims to get applications from emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Africa is known for its rich heritage of storytelling. Through this project, Netflix and UNESCO are hoping to celebrate the best retelling of some of Africa’s popular folktales. To participate, one must be below 35 years of age. One must also have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years of demonstrable professional experience in the audio-visual industry.

The rules also require applicants to have developed and produced 1 to 2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, or 2-3 short films and/or commercials. Applicants must also submit their works on or before the 14th November 2021 deadline.

According to Netflix, the top 20 shortlisted finalists will be announced in January 2022, and they will get to participate in the coveted ‘How To Pitch’ Netflix workshops that will offer them guidance from industry experts. These finalists will then make their final pitches and the panel of judges select the top 6 finalists in February 2022.

Each of the final 6 storytellers will walk away with an attractive package that includes: $25,000 cash prize, a production budget of up to $75,000 to create their short film, and a slot in ‘Anthology of African Folktales Reimagined’ collection that will be launched on Netflix in September 2022.

Sounds like the challenge you want to participate in? Then hurry and make your submissions by clicking here.

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