Six African filmmakers win the UNESCO and Netflix “African Folktales, Reimagined” short film competition

March 16, 2022

Netflix and UNESCO launched the “African Folktales, Reimagined” short film contest in October 2021 to highlight Africa’s rich cultural heritage. The competition is a part of the Netflix Creative Equity Fund, aiming to enable new voices from underrepresented communities within entertainment to bring their perspectives to a global audience.


The short films will feature reimagined African folktales presented in multiple African languages. These filmmakers will receive a $25,000 personal award, training &mentoring from industry professionals, and a $75,000 budget to produce their short films to premiere on Netflix this year to be shown to their global audience.

The six winners are:
• Mauritania: Mohamed Echkouna with The Enmity Djinn
• Tanzania: Walter Mzengi with Katope
• Nigeria: Korede Azeez with Adieu, Salut
• Nigeria: Voline Ogutu with Anyango and the Ogre
• Uganda: Loukman Ali with Katera of the Punishment Island
• South Africa: Gcobisa Yako with Uma’Mlambo

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