By Aduragbemi Omiyale
African content creators who need financial support now have the opportunity to receive up to $ 30,000, thanks to a partnership between Africa No Filter and Meta, formerly known as Facebook.
The two organizations have joined forces to launch an initiative called Future Africa: Telling stories, building worlds, which aims to stimulate the use of virtual reality in storytelling in Africa.
Business post reports that applications for the program have been open and will close on January 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. GMT and that the program will run from February 13 to August 13, 2022. Participants must be available on these dates. The proposed project must also be completed within six months.
Those who should apply, according to the organizers, are extended reality creators who must be of African descent and living on the continent, over the age of 18, have experience creating XR content and have a portfolio of work. showing their creativity and innovation. .
They should also show how the proposed project will tell an exciting African story that changes stereotypical narratives on the continent. Projects can use 360 video, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality.
Delivered in collaboration with Electric South and Imisi 3D, attendees will also benefit from ongoing mentoring, production support, and opportunities to launch their projects in a virtual storefront or in person, including the creators’ lab. ‘Electric South held in February 2022 in Cape Town, in the south. Africa.
“We are delighted to partner with ANF to launch a fund that brings together the best of the African tech ecosystem to showcase innovations for the future and tell positive stories about Africa.
“Meta sits at the intersection of innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and social bonding, and this investment is a vote of confidence in the strength of the African tech industry and its continued potential.
“I’m certainly proud that Africa is helping shape the Metaverse experience from the start,” said Sherry Dzinoreva, Meta’s director of public policy programs for Africa, Middle East and Turkey.
Also commenting, Africa No Filter Executive Director Moky Makura said, “Virtual reality has the potential to take storytelling to another level.
“In this new metaverse, audiences don’t just watch a story unfold, they live in it. It’s an opportunity for African content creators to push the limits of their creativity and innovation. ‘