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 Kenyan filmmaker Voline Ogutu, bags Ksh11.4 million in a Netflix contest

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By Judith Gicobi

Voline Ogutu, a Kenyan filmmaker, has been selected as one of six winners to create African content for Netflix.

The six finalists from an African Folktales, Reimagined competition were announced by the streaming service on Tuesday, March 15.

Netflix collaborated with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization to host the tournament (UNESCO).

As a result, each winner is entitled for Ksh11.4 million (US$100,000), which is split into two parts: a Ksh2.8 million first pay and a Ksh8.6 million (US$75,000) second pay.

The goal of the initiative is to increase the development of African-produced material, which will include short films.

Mentorship will be provided by Netflix-appointed supervising producers and industry luminaries to the creators. They will be in charge of promoting Africa’s diverse cultural heritage.

They will be available in a variety of African languages as well.

Ogutu was honored with Mohamed Echkouna of Mauritania and Walter Mzengi of Tanzania for her short film Anyango and the Ogre, which was named a winner.

Korede Azeez of Nigeria, Loukman Ali of Uganda, and Gcobisa Yako of South Africa were among the others.

Femi Odugbemi, Jenna Bass, Leila Djansi, Pape Boye, Bongiwe Selane, and Tosh Gitonga are among the notable African filmmakers chosen to mentor the emerging generation of storytellers.

Later this year, the anthology series will debut on the platform.

Noni Ireri and Oprah Oyugi were among the Kenyans that took part in the tournament, which began in October 2021.

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