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AFRICAN FOLKTALES REIMAGINED: Short Film Competition across Sub-Saharan Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 22, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on November 13, 2021

Netflix has partnered with UNESCO to launch a short film competition, “African Folktales, Reimagined,” to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales.

This is an open call for emerging filmmakers from across Sub-Saharan Africa, many of whom are located in parts of the continent that are often overlooked.

They value the wide diversity of African cultures and want to promote them globally.

They encourage any emerging filmmaker from Sub-Saharan Africa with a story to tell to go for it!

So if the brief (“African Folktales, Reimagined”) strikes a chord with you, get involved.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1. You are under 35 years old;
2. You are a citizen and resident of a Sub-Saharan African country;
3. You are a filmmaker with limited experience, but:
a) you have developed and produced 1- to 2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, or 2-3 short films and / or commercials seeking to venture into feature film development and production;
b) you have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years of demonstrable professional experience in the audio-visual industry.
4. Proposals can be submitted in English, French, or Portuguese.
5. This competition invites submissions from emerging filmmakers across Sub-Saharan Africa on the theme of “African Folktales, Reimagined”.

Folktales have always played an important role in the heritage of a culture, passing down values, knowledge, and customs from one generation to the next. Knowledge that builds communities, nations and unites the world in shared understanding and experience.

They believe Africa’s rich history of storytelling, from universal tales to hyper-local fables, provides a fertile ground for creative retelling.

This is an opportunity to reimagine the relevance of these tales to the contemporary society and extend them to the world stage on-screen: a celebration of Africa’s profoundly varied culture, folklore, and heritage.

Each of the 6 winners will receive:
• USD$25,000;
• a production grant of USD$75,000 to develop, shoot, and post-produce their films which will be administered by a nominated local production agency. Within each film’s budget, teams must ensure that filmmakers and everyone involved in the production is fairly paid.

Applications close on November 14th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. GMT.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 22
Oct 22

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed grants opportunities that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
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b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Olanike Adesanya
Oct 22
Oct 22

Great challenge to a great opportunity.
May God Bless your industry

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Oct 22
Oct 22

Yes, NETFLIX & UNESCO made a great partnership for this call.

Jill Langhus
Oct 25
Oct 25

Thanks, Ana.