Sarah Hassan to feature in Netflix’s African Folktales competition of an anthology of short films created by the next generation of African storytellers.
The short film is against the backdrop of a childhood folktale, following a 13-year-old boy struggling to protect his siblings from a monster that lives inside their home.
The competition, launched in partnership with UNESCO, received over 2,000 applications from Sub-Saharan Africa.
“We are excited to finally bring this anthology of short films created by the next generation of African storytellers to Netflix members around the world. This initiative is a testament to our ongoing efforts to strengthen the pipeline of African storytelling and to include voices from underrepresented communities,” Netflix’s Director of Film in Africa Tendeka Matatu said.
Each winner received a production budget of Ksh 12 million to develop their concepts under the guidance of established filmmakers.
The anthology will make its global premiere on Netflix on March 29, 2023, showcasing an assorted range of African storytelling voices.
Among the winners is Kenyan scriptwriter Voline Ogutu, who received Ksh11.3 million for her concept, Anyango, and the Ogre are set to premiere at the Kalasha Film Festival.
Ogutu was among the other five winners with the best concepts, from South Africa, Mauritania, Uganda, Nigeria, and Tanzania each received $25 000 (Ksh 2.8 million) and a production budget of $75 000 (Ksh 8.5 million), which was later increased to $90,000 (Ksh 12 million), to develop their concepts under the creative guidance of established filmmakers as mentors to bring their stories to life.
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