Netflix launches short film competition [Sub-Saharan Africa]

Posted on Oct 20, 2021 in Specialized Topics

Emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan African countries can enter a short film competition and win US$25,000. 

Netflix, in partnership with UNESCO, is launching the short film competition “African Folktales, Reimagined” to discover emerging filmmaking talent. The competition allows budding filmmakers to share their reimagined African folktale concept for a short film that celebrates the dynamism of African cultures.

Shortlisted finalists will participate in “How to Pitch to Netflix” workshops that will give them a chance to prepare, polish and present their film concepts with the help of industry experts.

Six winners will be mentored as they develop a 12 to 20-minute short film. They will also receive a production budget of up to US$75,000 to create their short film.

The collection of winning films will be launched on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African Folktales, Reimagined.”

The application deadline is Nov. 14.