If you’re working in the South African entertainment industry, whether you’re on a contract, a freelancer or paid hourly, Netflix might just have some financial relief for you.
The US-based streaming giant has donated R8.3 million to a COVID-19 film and TV relief fund in collaboration with the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).
The entertainment industry has been hit hard by the worldwide pandemic.
The fund will consist of a once-off grant of R15,000 to those who have suffered during the lockdown. This includes a long list of professionals including electricians, carpenters, hair and make-up artists, costume designers and drivers.
Speaking to Gagdet, SASFED executive director Unathi Malunga said that "the Netflix fund supporting the local film industry brings hopes to struggling industry professionals. We hope other potential partners will follow Netflix's example and support SASFED's broader initiatives which offer assistance to industry professionals across the whole value chain".
In a statement released by Netflix, it has been confirmed that the fund will be administered by Tshikululu Social Investments, and applicants will be able to apply on the company’s website from the 3rd of August. Applicants will be screened by the company.
Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix's lead for African Originals said in the statement that Netflix is "proud to be working with the SA Screen Federation and the Independent Producers Organisation to support the hardest hit workers in TV and film production. SA crews are vital to Netflix's success and we want to help those freelancers who most need support in these unprecedented times".
Image credits: Den of Geek and SA Film Academy.