World acclaimed Namibian short film Baxu and the Giants will debut on Netflix soon reaching a pinnacle of an industry long characterized by poor funding.
After being nominated for internationally recognized awards the Namibian film finally broke the glass ceiling making it on Netflix amid efforts by the American company to spread its tentacles of entertainment to short films and grow their audience.
In an interview with unWrap.online one of the key brains behind the Namibian film Florian Schott could not hide his joy on the achievement.
“March of this year we were present at the RapidLion International Film Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we also nominated for Best Humanitarian Film.
” I met people from a sales agency there that represents many African films and they watched our film and recommended it to Netflix,” he said.
Schott added that “As Netflix tries to venture out into Short Films we were honoured to be among the first African Short Films that they were interested in.”
The jubilant Schott said the move will spell a brighter future for the Namibian film industry.
“Netflix is a huge deal for African content. And Netflix is a great way to bring our stories out into the world. Baxu and the Giants will be the first Namibian production on Netflix, but certainly not the last. If people around the world see what we can do in this country, they’ll want more of it, ” he said.
Schott,” I’m looking forward to the coming Namibian productions that will be available to stream on Netflix and other international services.”
While the move signifies greatness in the Namibian industry, a date is yet to be decided on the premiere.
“We don’t have a set date yet but it will go online in the coming weeks. We’ve been preparing the launch for a while now, supplying Netflix with everything they need. I can’t disclose yet how long it will be on,” he said.