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NetFlix UNESCO Short Film Competition 2022 for emerging Filmmakers across sub-saharan Africa

Deadline 14th November 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. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

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.

We 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 our contemporary society and extend them to the world stage on-screen: a celebration of Africa’s profoundly varied culture, folklore, and heritage. This competition invites submissions from emerging filmmakers across Sub-Saharan Africa on the theme of “African Folktales, Reimagined”.


  • You are under 35 years old
  • You are a citizen and resident of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • You are a filmmaker with limited experience, but 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

If you're eligible for this competition then let's get started. Create an account to start your application. You'll receive an email with a link to your application if you don't complete it all in one go. Good luck!


  • The Competition is open to individuals seeking to venture into feature film development and production
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years of demostrale professional experience in the audio-visual industry
  • Applicants must have developed and produced 1 to 2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, ducumentaries, or 2-3 short films and commercials
  • All genres welcome 
  • You will submit a concept synopsis that should give us a clear idea of your creative vision and artistic angle

How to Apply

  • Applications open

    Applications will open from October 14th, 2021 via this website. They will close on November 14th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (GMT).

  • Submit synopsis

    You will need to submit a synopsis of your concept (no more than 500 words) in a Creative Statement as well as a link to a recent CV and a portfolio of any past audiovisual work you have produced.

  • The shortlist

    We’ll announce our top 20 finalists in January who will then be invited to a “How to Pitch to Netflix” workshop.

  • The finalists

    Our final 6 winners will be selected by an independent judging panel guided by Netflix and UNESCO.


For More Information, Visit https://netflix-growcreative.com/unesco/

Date: Oct 16, 2021

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