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Netflix, UNESCO, and the Next Generation of African Filmmakers are competing in a prestigious 'Young African Cinema' competition

Netflix, UNESCO, and the Next Generation of African Filmmakers are competing in a prestigious 'Young African Cinema' competition

Netflix and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization announced Thursday that they are starting a short-film competition to find Africas next generation of filmmakers.

The competition will run through Nov. 14. Winners will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and given a $75,000 production budget to produce their short film, as well as $25,000 in prize money. The six nominees will be released on Netflix in 2022 as an African folktales anthology.

The contests theme is African Folktales, Reimagined. Netflix and UNESCO stated that the objective of the competition is to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in sub-Saharan Africa global visibility.

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Netflix and UNESCO said in a statement that they want to collect the bravest, wittiest and most surprising retellings of some of Africas most-loved folktales and distribute them to entertainment fans across the world in over 190 countries.

Ben Amadasun, Netflixs Africa director of content, said that Africa has a rich storytelling heritage and countless folktales that have been passed down for generations. When you combine these very local stories with Africas emerging talent, therell always be fresh new stories to connect people with African cultures and bring the world much closer to each other.

The competition, which Netflix sees Africa as its next big untapped market, will also serve as a talent search for filmmakers who can provide the streamer with African films and television as it expands across the continent. For UNESCO, the cooperation is in line with the group's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a set of United Nations-assisted goals that aim to end global poverty in all its forms by the end of this decade. By assisting African talent in accessing the global market and by ensuring dignified working conditions, the competition may help create sustainable employment and promote economic growth - two of the key objectives of 2030 Agenda.

To be considered for participation, applicants must provide a minimum of 500 words summary of their idea, as well as references to 'a recent CV' and a portfolio/evidence of any previous audiovisual work they have produced. Applications may be submitted here from 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 14) until 1:59 p.m. CT on Thursday(Okt 14). On Nov. 14, CT, the computer will begin to work.

Watch the video for the competition below to see the promotional video.

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