With funding from the global network “Netflix”, the Arab Fund for Culture and Arts “Aafaq” announced a new initiative to support female film and television workers in the Arab region whose work has been affected or stopped due to the repercussions of the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.
The value of the total financial support is $500,000, to be provided in the form of individual grants (worth two thousand dollars for each grant), which is equivalent to 250 grants to labor cadres, craftsmen and independent workers in the field of cinema and television in the Arab region, and these people face economic difficulties as a result of the disruption of life Production has stopped and opportunities in the film and television industry are limited or absent due to the pandemic.
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And in April 2020, Netflix announced an initiative to support a funding fund of $100 million, with the largest share ($85 million) going to support creators and technicians working in its suspended productions due to precautionary measures, while $15 million would go to support The communities of creators affected by the Corona pandemic around the world, who are not interacting with the network, and later announced a 50% increase in the value of the funding fund to reach $150 million.
The website “Aafaq” clarified that the date for the start of receiving grant applications is on the ninth of June and will continue until the eighth of July 2021, when female workers and workers in the field of film and television production in the Arab region (from outside Lebanon) can apply for support electronically, With the submission of materials and documents supporting the application, including a list of the most recent work they participated in, a list of acquaintances, an overview of any emergency support they received during the past year, and a brief explanation of the challenges they faced such as project cancellation or postponement.
The Fund published on its official website a link explaining the requirements that must be met by the applicant for the grant from various production sectors such as photography, sound, technical management, makeup, fashion, location management, transportation and other sectors that are auxiliary to production, most of whose employees receive salaries on the basis of working hours or on the basis of the project.
The Fund announced that an independent jury of 5 members from the sector will evaluate the applications and select the recipients and recipients of support, from the program, which is open to all Arab nationalities in various Arab countries, with the exception of Lebanese and Arab workers residing in Lebanon. A previous program was allocated to Lebanon in December 2020 in the wake of the explosion of the Port of Beirut and the consequent economic and health crises, and through the program 246 grants were provided to female workers and workers in the field of cinema and television in Lebanon.