Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany has announced the Winners of Merck Foundation Film Awards ‘More Than a Mother’ 2021 in partnership with African First Ladies who are also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother.
According to a statement released by APO Group Thursday, the theme of the awards was: to create a film or docudrama to deliver strong and influential messages about breaking Infertility stigma, Empowering Girls and Women through Education at all levels.
Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, President of “More than a Mother” campaign emphasised, “I am extremely happy to announce today the winners of Merck Foundation Film Awards “More Than a Mother” 2021 in partnership with African First Ladies. Big congratulations to all the winners. I appreciate the efforts put in by the young talents across Africa in their films through which they have beautifully conveyed important messages in line with the theme of the awards. I strongly believe that all forms of art including filmmaking can play a significant role in bringing about a culture shift in society, in the world. Our aim was to utilize this medium to encourage promising filmmakers and new talents across the continent to create short or long films either drama documentary or docudrama conveying messages to break the stigma of infertility or empower Girl Education at all levels.”
This year, Merck Foundation had two categories: English and French.
Here is the list of Award Winners:
FIRST POSITION (English):
Sharon Kavhu and Hatite Hoabeb, NAMIBIA
Film Name: Matumaini
Emulo Kgomotso, BOTSWANA
Film Name: 3 in 5
SECOND POSITION (English):
Nanmet Anthony, NIGERIA
Film Name: Future Present
FIRST POSITION (French):
Doux-mignon MALOBA, DRC
Film Name: Le défi de Mariana
Merck Foundation ”More Than a Mother” Film Awards were launched in 2017.
All African Filmmakers, Students of Film Making Training Institutions or Young Talents of Africa are invited to create and share a long or short FILMS, either drama, documentary or docudrama to deliver strong and influential messages to address any of the following social issues such as: Breaking Infertility Stigma, Support Girls’ Education, End Child Marriage, End FGM, Stopping GBV and Women Empowerment at all levels.
Last Date of Submission
30th July 2022
How to Apply?
Please share your work as YouTube links on:
Share a short brief about the issue you are addressing
The subject line of the mail should mention: Merck Foundation FILM Awards “More Than a Mother” 2022
Please specify your name, institution name, country, and contact details in the mail.