Motswana filmmaker makes Netflix competition shortlist


Motswana filmmaker, Mphonyana Mokokwe is amongst the 21 filmmakers who have been shortlisted for the Netflix and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) African Folktales, Reimagined Competition.

Mokokwe is the only Motswana to make the list of candidates selected from 13 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Now Mokokwe aims to be amongst the six winners that will create short films, which will premiere on Netflix.

A statement released by Netflix indicated that the 21 emerging filmmakers will be required to pitch their stories to a judging panel comprising mentors in the likes of Nigeria’s Femi Odugbemi, South Africa’s Bongiwe Selane, Leila Afua Djansi from Ghana, David Tosh Gitonga from Kenya, and Jean Luc Herbulot from Congo as well as representatives from Netflix and UNESCO, who will act as guides in the process.

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