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The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with the DW Akademie, has unveiled a short-film competition aimed at encouraging African women during the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdown.

According to a statement issued by the initiators of the competition, which is open to African women content creators and filmmakers of any age or experience level, currently living in the continent, “it aims to encourage women to share their stories as we create a living document of a time and place — of the specific circumstances that women in Africa currently find themselves, under various degrees of lock-down, through the limitations on movement, opportunity, and often, basic freedoms.”

The impact of COVID-19 across the globe, and especially in Africa, is felt more by the vulnerable in society. “In many African countries, women’s opportunities and access to opportunities are limited, and the economic and social impact of COVID-19 is, in many cases, impacting women harder and in different ways than their male counterparts. There are issues affecting woman such as domestic violence, altered access to opportunities, increased burden of care, and many others,” the statement said.

The stories should be honest, personal, and specifically related to the current COVID-19 situation.

Entries across genres are welcome, from animation and fiction, to documentary or interview style – just as long as the content is two minutes or shorter.

Entry is FREE and women will need to register on the Ladima Foundation’s newly revamped A-List in order to enter: https://ladima.africa/film-competition/

Ten winning films will be selected by a jury and then streamed on the Ladima website along with other partner websites. Each winning filmmaker will receive 500 EURO. Competition opens at 9am Monday, June 1, 2020 and entries must be received by midnight on Sunday June 21, 2020. Full terms and conditions are on the Ladima website.


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