DUBAI: The world’s largest paid streaming service Netflix has collaborated with the Arab Fund of Arts & Culture (AFAC) on an emergency relief fund to help support Lebanon’s film and television industry following the deadly Beirut blast on Aug. 4 that displaced thousands.
The $500,000 fund will offer financial support to those who have been put out of work due to the explosion or due to COVID-19 with individual $2,000 grants. Those directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic or the Beirut port explosion can apply for a grant starting on Oct. 26.
To apply, members of Lebanon’s film and TV industry are required to fill out an online application and provide a list of the most recent projects they’ve worked on as well as an overview of any other emergency support received.
The Beirut Port blast rocked the Lebanese capital on Aug. 4, claiming more than 190 lives, injuring 6,500 people and leaving 300,000 homeless.
Following the explosion, many organizations, institutions and celebrities have stepped up to offer financial and humanitarian aid for those who need it most.
Last month, Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue hosted a fundraising day for Lebanon to support victims of the explosion.
Meanwhile, celebrities, including George and Amal Clooney, DJ Khaled, Drake and Madonna, among others, showed solidarity for the country.