Taboo Defying TV – The Latest from OKRE

In the February newsletter... the South African Director of a taboo-defying pan-African TV drama series - MTV Shuga - talks about the show that caused a sensation, covering gender-based violence, sexuality and HIV prevention.

Award-winning director, Thishiwe Ziqubu in conversation with Georgia Arnold

Executive producer Georgia Arnold — now head of Vis Social Impact, Paramount’s new cause-driven studio, and Executive Director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation — talks to writer and director Thishiwe Ziqubu about the differences in the broadcasting landscape in Africa and why MTV Shuga has been such a success in driving behaviour change in the demand generation.

Want to know which funding projects grab our attention? 👇🏾

We are excited to have funded Max & Millie, an animated TV series for Deaf and hearing pre-schoolers, currently at treatment stage.

So what made this project eligible for OKRE Funding? Read our latest article to find out more…

The OKRE Fund - We love to talk about it!

The OKRE Fund provides financial support to early-stage imaginative and collaborative entertainment projects in film, television, audio, and games and is open to both individuals and organisations. 

We are currently interested in one or more of the following areas: 

Mental health, infectious disease and/ or climate health 
International development and the communities they seek to support

✨Find out more and apply for the OKRE Fund today✨


We love to share opportunities we have at OKRE or those we have come across during our wandering through the halls of the internet!

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Submit to the Sandbox Fund

The Sandbox Fund offers grants, engagement events, and other opportunities for independent artists seeking to explore the intrinsic link between science and culture through innovative storytelling.

There is still time to apply for the Sandbox Fund.

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Here’s a selection of things our team have been reading, watching and listening to…

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Watching the Last of Us? So are we!

Learn more about the real science behind the show, according to a Biologist.

Esquire Looks at the Real Science

The Arthouse Film Sector

Why Are So Few Black People in Positions of Power in The Art House Film Sector?

Screen Daily Finds out More

Dear Younger Self Podcast talks to Adeel Amini

The TV Industry, Mental Health and Racisim with Adeel Amini

Dear Younger Self Podcast

We're Listening to WTF Podcast

Brendan Fraser and Marc Manon Discuss His Performance in The Whale

WTF Podcast with Brendan Fraser