Netflix has partnered with UNESCO to launch the Netflix UNESCO Short Film Competition for emerging Filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2021.

The short film competition tagged, “African Folktales, Reimagined,” seeks to tell timeless stories circulated orally among African people and handed down from one generation to the next.

For a fact, folktales have always been an important way of passing on culture and heritage to future generations. This competition aims to harness this important tradition while leveraging new mediums of distributing content, such as Netflix.


Worth of Award

  • Six winners will have their short films (12-20 minutes long) launched on the Netflix service in 2022, as an “Anthology of African Folktales, Reimagined.”
  • Each of the 6 winners will receive a production grant of US$75,000 (through a local production company) to develop, shoot and post-produce their films which will be administered by a nominated local production agency.
  • In addition, each of the 6 winners will receive $25,000.


To be eligible for the Netflix UNESCO Short Film Competition, you must be

  • under 35 years old.
  • a citizen and resident of a Sub-Saharan African country.
  • a filmmaker with limited experience, but have developed and produced 1 to 2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, or 2 to 3 short films and/or commercials seeking to venture into feature film development and production.

How to Apply

  • You will be required to fill out an online form. You will be asked to submit a CV, portfolio, creative statement, and short video about your film concept.
  • 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.

Deadline: Applications will close on November 14th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (GMT).


Click here for more details and to apply