Drones in Africa - The Next Big Thing?


This documentary investigates if large-scale use of drones could save lives and the environment in Africa.

  • €19,220 Budget in Euros
  • 2017 Start date
  • 8 Round winner
  • 3 Locations
  • 4 Durations in months

One of the biggest problems for many African countries is it's bad infrastructure. Deserts, rain forests, mountain regions, extremes of rainy seasons and droughts, etc. It can take days to reach remote villages. In a worst case scenario this can even cost lives, e.g. simply because it takes too long to deliver life-saving medication. Building new or improving existing road systems is often a daunting task due to the extreme landscapes.

That's why now many African governments, companies and NGOs see the use of drones as a possibility to tackle this problem and to optimize many important sectors. They hope to revolutionize the healthcare system, agriculture, the fight against poaching and also the commercial sector, to name only some of them.

People are already predicting that a drone rush is coming in Africa. Some even think that the use of drones could spark a revolution in underserved areas of Africa that is similar to the changes that came with mobile phones.

The project “Drones in Africa - The Next Big Thing?” wants to find out how big the potential really is, what are the obstacles and what risks could come with this movement. It will consist of three to four short documentaries that, once finished, will flow in a bigger web documentary, together with other elements, like photos, illustrations and also 360 video and VR elements.

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