Ugandan Film maker and Director Loukman Ali selected among the six filmmakers from the sub-Saharan Africa that have won a short film competition by UNESCO and Netflix on the theme “Reinvented African folktales“.
UNESCO confirmed the victors through a post on their twitter page seen below;
— UNESCO 🏛️ #Education #Sciences #Culture 🇺🇳😷 (@UNESCO) March 15, 2022
Through a joint statement, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Netflix said that the six filmmakers will each receive a budget of $75,000 to create film and produce their short films for release on Netflix this year.
Loukman Ali makes the list alongside five other winners from Africa and these include Mauritanian director Mohamed Echkouna, Nigerian director Korede Azeez, Tanzanian
director Walter Mzengi, Kenyan director Voline Ogutu and South African director Gcobisa Yako.
Upon the release of the selected filmmakers, Loukman took to his social media to express his gratitude and excitement towards the selection.
— Loukman Ali (@LoukmanAli) March 15, 2022
This comes at a time when the Filmmaker and Director rose the Ugandan flag high when he had his film debut on Netflix last year in December.
Below are the names of the winners together with the projects they intend to work on;
Mr. Loukman Ali (Uganda) – Katera of the Punishment Island
Ms. Voline Ogutu (Kenya) – Anyango and the Ogre
Mr. Mohamed Echkouna (Mauritania) – The Enmity Djinn
Ms. Korede Azeez (Nigeria) – Adieu Salut
Mr. Walter Mzengi (Tanzania) – Katope
Ms. Gcobisa Yako (South Africa) – Uma Mlambo