Press Release

Netflix and UNESCO launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’

14 October 2021

Netflix and UNESCO have announced an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in the region visibility on a global scale.

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In a joint press release, both outfits agreed to "...find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries."

According to the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, "it is important that the film sector acts to ensure the voices of Africa are heard, by supporting the emergence of diverse cultural expressions, putting forth new ideas and emotions, and creating opportunities for creators to contribute to global dialogue for peace, culture and development.".

Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”.

Entries for the competition are open until 14th November 2021. Be inspired by this video: https://bit.ly/3mUUkHY

Netflix and UNESCO launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’

UN entities involved in this initiative

UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

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