Jury members have been announced for the African Women in the Time of Covid-19 short-film competition, run by Ladima Foundation in partnership with the DW Akademie.
The jury, which will select the final 10 films in genres such as animation, fiction, documentary and interviews, includes journalist and filmmaker Cornélia Glele; researcher and curator of African film Lizelle Bisschoff; award-winning Nigerian actor Nse Ikpe-Etim; research fellow and co-editor of the Journal of African Cinemas Martin Mhando; and filmmaker Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann.
The competition is aimed at African women content creators and filmmakers of any age or experience level currently living in Africa who can share their stories by creating a living document showing the circumstances they currently find themselves in under various degrees of lockdown.
The films, which must be under two minutes long, should focus on themes related to inspiration, education, personal lives or leadership. It can address issues such as domestic violence, women with special needs, life in the pandemic, the impact on work-life, solidarity and female empowerment during the pandemic.
The films will be judged on relevance to the themes, story concept, quality of production, creativity, emotional impact and structure.
The 10 selected will be streamed on the Ladima website along with other partner websites and the winner will receive €500, as well as access to a year’s worth of educational and inspirational webinars on the US’s Women, Make Movies platform valued at about US$500.
The competition is still open and will close at midnight GMT+2 on Sunday June 21. Interested women can register here.
The Ladima Foundation is a pan-African non-profit organisation founded with the aim of contributing to correcting the major imbalances within the film, TV and content industries.
It supports and recognises African women in film, TV and content and is committed to developing training, networking and related opportunities for women professionals who demonstrate their seriousness and commitment to their craft.