The association of Netflix and UNESCO has resulted in launching a short film competition by the title ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. The peculiarity of the occasion reveals that the winners will get training by the professionals of the industry and a production budget of $ 75,000 will be provided to winners for the production of short films that will be prioritized by Netflix as an ‘Anthology of African folktales’ in 2022.
The major purpose behind this competition is to discover new voices and provide a significant platform for emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The prime goal is to search for a bold, elegant and noteworthy retelling of Africa’s enchanting and most-desired folktales, and to share those retold stories to the fans who wait for the thrill and entertainment around the world (in over 190 countries).
On 14 Oct 2021, the opening of the competition, administered by Dalberg, took place. The agenda was that six winners would be selected and each would be given a production grant of $75,000, through a local production company, to post-produce, shoot, and develop the films. Netflix and other industry mentors will guide them and make sure they maintain quality. Apart from the grant mentioned above, each of the 6 winners will be given an additional $25,000.
- The candidate must be under 35 years old.
- The candidate must be a citizen of Sub-Saharan African country.
- The candidate should be a filmmaker and he/she has produced one or two television fiction, theatrical feature film, documentaries and two or three commercials and short films and is looking forward to develop and produce feature films.
- The candidate with demonstrable professional experience of a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years in the audio and visual industry will be eligible.
- Those individuals who are seeking to produce and develop feature films will find no constraint to qualify in this open competition.
- A concept synopsis must be submitted to make us sure about your creative and artistic idea.
- All genres will be entertained equally but the theme should be strong and appealing.
- Sharing Africa’s bewitching folktales and giving them a nice twist will make you prominent in the competition.
- Finalists will get a chance to take part in the workshop entitled ‘How to Pitch the Netflix’.
- You will get an opportunity to develop and present your movie concepts with the help of film industry experts.
- Winning films, in the Netflix & UNESCO Short Film Competition, will be launched on Netflix in 2022.
How to Apply
- You can apply from 14 October 2021 to 14 November 2021 via the website.
- A synopsis of 500 words (not more than that) comprising your creative idea, your CV and portfolio of past work (audio and video), whatever you have produced, should be submitted.
- Top 20 shortlisted finalists will be invited to the ‘How to Pitch to Netflix’ workshop.
- 6 films of the winners will be released by Netflix on September 2022.
- To apply and for further information visit this website https://netflix-growcreative.com/unesco/