The beneficiaries hail from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Netflix, along with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), will support 240 freelancers in the film and television sector across 12 countries of the Arab region, under the AFAC-Netflix Hardship Fund.
Launched in June 2021 as a second collaboration between AFAC and Netflix, the hardship fund is an emergency relief fund valued at USD 480,000, that aims to provide financial support, in the form of individual grants of USD 2,000 each, to those operating in the Arab region’s film and TV community, impacted by the pandemic.
Following the closing of the call for applications on July 15, 2021, 492 applications were received from individuals hailing from 17 countries of the region. An independent 5-member jury committee, composed of Tunisian Producer Imed Marzouk, Egyptian Filmmaker Hala Lotfy, Sudanese Producer and Actor Talal Afifi, Moroccan Sound Designer Sara Kaddouri and Palestinian Producer May Odeh, convened to evaluate applications and select the beneficiaries for support.
Among the 240 beneficiaries of the fund, 97% operate as freelancers in the film and television sector of the region. The grantees hail from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
The AFAC-Netflix partnership falls under the umbrella of Netflix’s USD 150m hardship fund to support creative communities who have been impacted by the pandemic, across the world.