The filmmakers include Tania Khouri, Diala Kachmar and Jana Wehbe from Lebanon; Sarra Abidi from Tunisia and Asmae El-Moudir from Morocco.
According to the press release from AFAC, Asmae El-Moudir is a director and producer whose film, The Mother of All Lies has been shortlisted for the non-fiction category. Diala Kachmar's From the Other Shore, Jana Wehbe's The Day Vladimir Died, Tania Khouri's Manity and Sarra Abidi's My Name is Clara are fiction projects.
"The Netflix Fund for Creative Equity is a global fund launched in early 2021 which aims to establish more opportunities for people from underrepresented communities to have their voices heard, and purposefully close skill gaps with training programs where they are needed. The Netflix Fund for Creative Equity in the Arab world, valued at USD 250,000, will provide financial support to women filmmakers in the Arab world," reads a description of the fund on the AFAC website.
The five chosen filmmakers were featured in a small promotional film created by Netflix MENA and posted on their YouTube channel Monday.
In the video, the filmmakers underscored that the Netflix's grant is first of its kind extended to women filmmakers. They explain that without this grant it would have been very hard or maybe impossible to finalise their projects.