Unesco / Netflix partnership to “find the directors of tomorrow” in sub-Saharan Africa

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(AFP) – Find “new talents” among young directors from sub-Saharan Africa, finance their projects and allow them to broadcast them on Netflix in 2022: Unesco and the American giant are launching a short film competition on Thursday on the theme of “reinvented popular tales of Africa”.

“This initiative aims to go in search of new talents and great folk tales which are a very important part of our heritage and our culture in Africa”, explained to AFP the Nigerian Ben Amadasun, responsible for Africa. original content and acquisitions from the American video-on-demand platform, visiting Paris.

“We want these talents to seize stories that they appreciate for their messages and that they reinvent them in a short film which, we hope, will move the public “, he added.

The six winners of this contest will receive 25. 000 dollars on a personal basis and will benefit from training and supervision by industry professionals.

They will also receive a budget of 54. 00 dollars to create, film and produce their short films which will be broadcast on Netflix in 2022, specifies Thursday the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) , in a press release.

Contest participants – open until 11 November – must in particular be between 14 to 35 years, live and be from a country in sub-Saharan Africa and have a minimum of two years (and a maximum of five years) of professional experience in the audiovisual industry.

The agency ‘UN and Netflix underline that “many emerging directors have difficulty finding funding and visibility that would allow them to promote their talents and develop their creative careers “.

” This competition aims to tackle this problem and enable African authors “to show their work to an audience through the world, adds the press release.

“For a year and a half we experienced a loss of face-to-face cultural events which, for us, shows that there is an emergency to the transmission because otherwise we run the possibility of the complete loss of certain traditions which are fundamental for the younger generations “, declared to AFP Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, assistant director general for culture at Unesco.

He recalled that the organization is in charge of “intangible heritage” and that “Africa is a priority” for Unesco.

Unesco published on October 5 a report resulting from two years of work, for the first time taking stock of the state and challenges of the film and audiovisual industry in the 54 African countries.

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