Ladima Foundation in collaboration with the DW Akademie (DWA) has launched a short film competition for African women content creators and filmmakers on life during the Covid-19 pandemic. The competition, tagged ‘African Women in the Time of Covid-19’, runs from June 01 to 21. The initiative was launched after the organisers observed that women were more affected by the pandemic in terms of increasing cases of domestic violence and their burden of care.
The aim of the competition is to encourage African women from different African countries to share their real-life stories as they face various degrees of lockdowns that limit their movements, opportunities, and, often, basic freedoms.
The organisers stated that the themes of the competition should be on women with special needs, coping with special needs during the lockdown and caring for persons with special needs during a global pandemic; impact on family/domestic and work life; economic impact; domestic violence and abuse; hope in the time of Covid-19; are women paying a higher price?; how the crisis highlights and affects the role of women; the crisis offering an opportunity to rethink the social order; and, solidarity and empowerment among women.
The competition invites the women filmmakers to share experiences that are honest, personal, and specifically related to the Covid-19. Entries across genres are welcome, from animation and fiction to documentary or interview style. Content should be two minutes or shorter.
Entries are free and registration can be done on the LF’s website. Ten winning films will be selected by a jury and then streamed on the LF website along with other partner websites. Winners will also receive €500 each and access to a year’s worth of webinars on the USA’s Women Make Movies platform valued at about $500.
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Source: The East African
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