4th April, 2022
TikTok, a leading destination for short-form mobile video has announced its partnership with the 75th Cannes Film Festival as part of its mission to inspire artists, filmmakers, and creatives alike to discover, create and share the stories they love.
During the lead-up to the festival, TikTok launched the global #TikTokShortFilm competition which, from the 15th of March, invites the Nigerian TikTok community, along with the rest of the world, to share their own short-form films in-app.
Three winners will be selected by a jury to win a cash prize and a trip to the Festival de Cannes in May.
Earlier, TikTok rolled out the ability for users to create videos for up to 10 minutes, giving its community more time to unleash even more creative possibilities around the world. This presents an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to have their work seen by the world.
Boniswa Sidwaba, Content Operations Manager for TikTok Africa, comments: “TikTok’s community in Nigerian is as diverse as the country itself, and it has so many authentic and cultural stories to tell, which is why we would like to encourage local creators to submit their stories to #TikTokShortFilm.
Local content creators have been given the opportunity to exhibit their talents to the world through this global initiative with the Cannes Film Festival, which is rarely available.
“There is a lot of talent in our local community, and we are looking forward to seeing what they have to showcase.”
For this competition, TikTok gathered a jury that truly embodies the incredible cultural, generational and creative richness of the platform:
• Angèle Diabang, Senegalese director and film producer
• Camille Ducellier, French film director
• Basma Khalifa, Sudanese filmmaker, and director
• Khaby Lame, Italian TikTok creator
• Rithy Panh, French Cambodian director
Read the full article on TikTok Africa’s newsroom.