The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has said that four finalist Nigerian filmmakers have been shortlisted for the finals of the Netflix-UNESCO “African Folktales, Re-imagined” competition.
The four filmmakers who made the shortlist were: Nosa Igbinedion, Tongryang Pantu, Akorede Azeez and Anita Abada.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Council had previously shared the opportunity on its various social media platforms, with the aim of attracting young creative talents and filmmakers to the competition, in collaboration with Netflix.
Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of NFVCB, said in a statement Friday in Abuja that Netflix had announced the shortlisted finalists, including the four Nigerian talents standing out and proceeding with the others.
According to him, shortlisted contestants would move on to the next stage of the competition where they would have the opportunity to pitch their story to a panel of industry experts, such as Nigerian Femi Odugbemi.
“The jury will select the final six winners, each of whom will receive a production grant of US$75,000 from Netflix, through a local production company.
“Surplus is to develop, shoot and post-produce their films under the guidance of industry mentors selected by UNESCO and Netflix.
“Each of the six winners will also receive a $25,000 gift. The competition aimed to discover talented new voices in storytelling and give emerging filmmakers from sub-Saharan Africa global exposure,” said Thomas.
The NFVCB further explained that the contest was a highly competitive event, with more than 2,000 entries submitted, out of which the top 21 shortlisted contestants, from 13 different countries, were selected.
“This competition highlights the richness and diversity of local African stories that often go unnoticed due to lack of access to the right resources and visibility.
“Netflix, UNESCO and the NFVCB are committed to amplifying the voices of African storytellers. This would allow them to move forward and find sustainable employment, professional development and access to opportunities in the creative industry.
“We celebrate our Nigerian filmmakers rising to the occasion and shining alongside other African storytellers,” he added. (NOPE)