In October, Netflix and UNESCO partnered to launch a groundbreaking short film competition tagged ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’. This is in effort to showcase Africa’s arts and culture while supporting the development of young African filmmakers. The streaming platform would like to announce the deadline extension to give more emerging filmmakers from the Sub-Saharan Africa region 12 extra days to submit.
The competition will now run until November 28, 2021, and 6 winners will receive training and mentorship from industry professionals. The winners will also receive a US$75,000 production grant to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”.
The ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ competition was born out of Netflix and UNESCO’s joint belief in the importance of bringing authentic African stories to the world. The competition also aims to help address the challenges and struggles young African filmmakers face with finding the right resources to enable them to utilize their talents. With this partnership, African storytellers can take a giant step towards showcasing their content to a global audience.