Netflix and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, have extended the call for applications for the reimagined African folktales short film competition to November 28 to allow more budding filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in telling their reimagined African folktales to the world.
Dalberg, a strategy and policy advisory firm, launched the competition on October 14, 2021, in partnership with Netflix and UNESCO to discover new filmmaking talent from across Sub-Saharan Africa.
The competition’s six finalists will each receive US$25,000, on top of training and mentoring from skilled industry professionals. In addition to the above mentioned, finalists will also receive a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will debut on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African Folktales,” according to the organisers.
“Applicants are expected to provide a synopsis of their concept (in no more than 500 words) as well as links to their most recent CV and a portfolio/evidence of any previous audio-visual work they have done for the first stage,” said the organisers. Applications can be made in English, Portuguese, or French via www.netflix-growcreative.com.
Folktales have remained an essential jewel in Africa’s heritage, inspiring future generations while inviting people to reimagine their relevance to modern societies.
“Aspiration 5 of the African Union’s 2063 Agenda, which promotes African cultural identity, common heritage, values, and ethics, inspired the focus on folktales.” The organisers concluded that the competition’s goal is to “harness this important tradition while maintaining a modern perspective.”