MultiChoice Africa has announced the class of 2022 60 young creatives selected from 13 different African countries who will take part in the Multichoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy hosted at his in Lagos, Lusaka and Nairobi.
Three Namibian filmmakers who made the cut and are Jerome Claasen, Jose Carlos Panduleni Amutenya and Lucia Kim Hamunghete who will join other African budding filmmakers at one of the sought-after film training programmes on the continent.
The group that was selected through a rigorous process by a team of television and film experts who themselves are alumni of the MTF programme, will begin their 12-month training programmes at their respective MTF academies next month.
In a statement issued this week Multichoice stated that at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, MTF looked for ways to ensure that their curriculum was still delivered with the expected impact. Critical to this was leveraging relationships with their strategic partners when identifying solutions for their students.
“This led to even greater opportunities as our last cohort benefited from an intensive 3-week New York Film Academy (NYFA) online training course. Formulated in partnership with NYFA, this course is now part of the MTF curriculum where the new cohort will learn how to produce micro-documentaries, public service announcements, television commercials and music videos. This type of training broadens their skill set and allows them to be economically active in various sectors, not only the film industry.”
Yolisa Phahle, the CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video emphasized that the quality of any academic programme can be measured by the contribution made by alumni in the industry.
To find out how MTF academies are continuing to ignite Africa’s creative industries, MTF carried out an annual survey, and found that of those that participated in the survey from of the inaugural class of 2019, 92% are economically active in the industry.
The academy’s curriculum was tailored alongside MultiChoice Africa partner institutions Pan-Atlantic University in Lagos, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, which will respectively confer the course qualification upon completion of the academy programme.
In addition, The Henley Business School offers an orientation intervention to the students at the beginning and end of the 12-month programme as well workshops on Business for Creatives focusing on entrepreneurship.
MTF focuses on building a pipeline of good local content for its channels whilst the Masterclasses focus on developing technical skills of established creatives in cinematography, audio and storytelling to improve the quality of local productions and are conducted by leading African and international industry experts.
MTF alumni have gone to make great strides and contributions in the film industry such as Shona Ngava, who went on to work on numerous productions in Africa such as SuperSport Zambia, Ubuntu and numerous Zambian productions.
Shona also doubles as a Photographer, Cinematographer, Journalist, Radio Presenter and Filmmaker.
Esther Beukes a 2018 MTF alumni member has gone on to work on Zuba, a telenovela on Zambezi Magic as an associate producer and is currently working on her own feature film.