The AFAC-Netflix Hardship Fund in Support of the Arab Region’s Film and TV Community

open call: 09 Jun 2021
deadline: 15 Jul 2021 at 17:00 Beirut time

The AFAC-Netflix Hardship Fund is an emergency relief fund that aims to support those operating in the region’s film and TV community, most impacted by the pandemic. The Fund’s call for applications opens June 9, and runs until July 15, 2021.

The Fund, valued at USD 500,000, will provide financial support in the form of individual grants (USD 2000 per grant) to below-the-line crew, craftspeople and freelancers who are active in the television and/or film industry in the Arab region, and who are facing economic hardship resulting from the disruption of normal life, halts in productions, and reduced opportunities due to the pandemic.

This partnership is the second following a first collaboration between AFAC and Netflix on a hardship fund dedicated to Lebanese and Lebanon-based workers in the wake of the multiple crises that hit the country. In December 2020, AFAC and Netflix announced that 246 grants had been awarded to Lebanon’s film & TV community. The relief is part of Netflix’s USD 150 million hardship fund to support creative communities across the world who have been impacted by the pandemic.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be below-the-line crew, craftspeople and freelancers working in the film and/or TV industry in the Arab region (with the exception of Lebanese and Lebanon-based workers, who are excluded from this call).
  • Film and TV workers in senior positions (directors, producers, directors of photography, sound engineers, art directors) are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be of Arab nationalities working in the Arab region (Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen).
  • Lebanese and Arab film and TV workers who are based in Lebanon are not eligible to benefit from the fund. Lebanese workers operating outside Lebanon yet in the Arab region, are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants can be assistants, coordinators, technicians, and operators from the different departments (production, camera, sound, art direction, make-up, costume, props, post-production, locations and transportation, among others). Priority will be given to below-the-line workers.
  • Applicants must have worked on at least 5 projects.
  • Applicants must be active in the film and/or TV industries for at least the past three years.

Submission Guidelines

  • The submission procedure is through an open call. Submissions must be registered through this link.
  • The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2021 at 17:00 Beirut time.
  • Applications that are missing in material/information and/or do not meet the eligibility criteria will be excluded and will not be submitted to the evaluation committee.
For additional inquiries, please contact the grants management team.

Evaluation and Selection Process

An evaluation committee composed of five independent members from the industry will evaluate the submissions and determine the Fund’s recipients.

Image Credit: Still from "You Will Die At Twenty" by Amjad Abu Al Ala

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