Netflix and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization announced a short-film competition on Thursday to identify “Africa’s future generation of filmmakers.” The competition will be open until November 14th.
Winners will be educated and mentored by industry veterans and will get a $75,000 production budget as well as $25,000 in prize money. The six winning films will be released on Netflix as an “Anthology of African Folktales” in 2022.
The contest’s topic is “African Folktales Reimagined.” According to Netflix and UNESCO, the competition’s goal is to uncover new perspectives and provide budding filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa worldwide exposure.
For Netflix, which views Africa as its next major unexplored market, the competition will also function as a talent hunt for filmmakers who can provide the streamer with African films and shows as it grows throughout the continent.
For UNESCO, the collaboration is in line with the organization’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a set of goals created by the United Nations to eradicate global poverty in all of its manifestations by the end of this decade.
By assisting African talent in accessing the global market and ensuring “dignified working circumstances,” the competition may help “produce sustainable employment and stimulate economic progress,” both of which are important aims of the 2030 Agenda.
To participate, candidates must provide a 500-word summary of their proposal, as well as links to a current CV and a portfolio/evidence of any previous audiovisual work they have created. From 4 p.m. CT on Oct. 14 to 1:59 p.m. CT on Nov. 14, applications can be filed here. You can see the competition marketing video below.