AFAC and Netflix support 240 independent Arab film and television

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The beneficiaries are from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Netflix, in collaboration with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), will support 240 film and television freelancers in 12 countries in the Arab region, as part of the AFAC-Netflix Hardship Fund.

Launched in June 2021 as part of a second collaboration between AFAC and Netflix, the Hardship Fund is an emergency relief fund valued at USD 480,000, which aims to provide financial support, in the form of individual grants from 2,000 USD each, to those operating in Arab countries. the region’s film and television community, affected by the pandemic.

Following the closure of the call for applications on July 15, 2021, 492 applications were received from people from 17 countries in the region. An independent 5-member jury, made up of Tunisian producer Imed Marzouk, Egyptian filmmaker Hala Lotfy, Sudanese producer and actor Talal Afifi, Moroccan sound designer Sara Kaddouri and Palestinian producer May Odeh, met to assess applications and select the beneficiaries of the support.

Of the 240 beneficiaries of the fund, 97% operate as freelancers in the region’s film and television sector. The beneficiaries are from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The AFAC-Netflix partnership is part of Netflix’s $ 150 million distress fund to support creative communities affected by the pandemic around the world.


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