Netflix in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is set to launch a short -film contest for filmmakers within the sub-Saharan region.
The competition themed “African Folktales, Reimagined” will provide the six winners with opportunities and resources to develop their skills and talent on a multinational scale with international mentorship. They will also be receiving $75,000 production and $25,000 in prize money to create their short films.
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UNESCO’s assistant Director-General for culture, Ernesto Ottone mentioned that the collaboration with the streaming giant is part of the continent’s extensive mapping of the film add audio-visual industries.
He said; “What we’re trying to achieve with Netflix is how we can engage those young film-makers in telling stories of African folk and in passing it on through the generations the culture and the traditions that are in place in Africa”.