Aspiring filmmakers, directors, actors and actresses take heed – applications for the Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund close in little over two weeks time.
The scholarship fund forms part of Netflix’s Creative Equity Fund that was launched in 2021. Through this fund Netflix allocates funding to initiatives that are developing a strong generation of creatives around the world.
“We believe there are great stories to be told from Africa and we want to play our part by supporting students who are passionate about the film and TV industry so they too, can ultimately contribute to the creative ecosystem by bringing more unique voices and diverse perspectives to African storytelling that our global audiences find appealing,” says Netflix director of content in Africa, Ben Amadasun.
In 2022 Netflix has committed $1 million to the fund which will cover the cost of tuition, accommodation, study materials and living expenses of students who are studying a course in film or TV in 2022.
In South Africa, beneficiaries need to be studying or have gained admission into one of the following partner higher education institutions:
- AACA Film and Acting School
- Boston Media House
- Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
- City Varsity
- Durban University of Technology (DUT)
- Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
- University of Cape Town (UCT)
- University of Johannesburg (UJ)
- University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
- University of Pretoria (UP)
- University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
In addition, beneficiaries must meet the following criteria:
Qualifications – Students studying the final year of an undergraduate degree OR a one-year post-graduate qualification related to filmmaking, television and/or audio-visual
Minimum academic performance requirement (aggregate results) – 60 percent
Target group – Students from a SADC region country ( Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini , Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia , Zimbabwe) that wish to study in South Africa, and are able to obtain the necessary permissions to do so.
The fund is being managed by Tshikululu and prospective students can head to this website to submit their applications. Applications close on 4th February.
“Fund administration partners for East Africa and the West and Central Africa regions will be announced, along with the calls for applications, in due course,” Netflix said in a press release.
With the cost of tuition being as high as it is, if you’re looking to pursue a career in film or TV, this is a scholarship worth applying for.
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