Global Briefings on the Sub-Saharan Africa Short Film Competition between Netflix and UNESCO
EXCLUSIVE: Game Theory Films has acquired Canadian rights to Tenzin, a Canadian Tibetan-language drama. The film, co-directed by Michael LeBlanc and Joshua Reichmann, will be shown at this year's Tallinn Black Nights Festival next month. The titular character is a young Tibetan man living in Toronto whose older brother self-immolates as he is protesting the treatment of Tibetans living under the present Chinese occupation in nonviolent protest. The cast includes seasoned actors and consists of ten first time actors. Tenzin struggles to come to terms with the loss of his brother while navigating a life with one foot in Western youth culture. Brian Roberston of Low End and Julie Baldassi of Younger Daughter Films are the producers, with Matt MacIsaac and Dan Sternberg serving as executive producers. In early 2022, the film will be released on the big screen. Hilary Hart, of Game Theory Films, said, We were immediately captivated by the visually stunning and authentic intention of the film. The Canadian Tibetan population is tiny, but this is a tale of universal appeal. We know it will be a hit with audiences from all backgrounds.
Netflix is partnering with UNESCO to launch a short film competition in Sub-Saharan Africa. Six winners, mentored by industry professionals, will be selected and given a $75,000 production budget to produce op-ep that will air on Netflix next year. The projects will be run by local businesses. Each of the winners will also receive $25,000 for themselves. The streamer stated the goal was to uncover new voices in the region. Entries close on November 14 and open on October 14.