After months of evaluation, MultiChoice Namibia (MCN) and the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) concluded the first phase of the Call for Submissions initiative by selecting 13 local Namibian film proposals scheduled for production later this year.
The two media giants congratulated the producers whose made-for-TV film ideas exhibited authentic Namibian experiences that will capture local and international audiences alike.
“Our investment into the Namibian creative economy is an exciting milestone for MultiChoice, and our hyperlocal strategy. MultiChoice’s mission is to showcase Africa’s diverse, rich culture through our continent’s deep storytelling history. To have 13 new locally produced films provides an incredibly powerful platform to propel African video entertainment to even greater heights,” said MultiChoice Namibia Managing Director,
Earlier this year, MCN and NBC called on the creative industry to submit film concepts that would showcase a fresh and exciting outlook on Namibia by both young and old producers. Over 200 films were scrutinized by experienced M-Net and NBC teams. The winning selections were based on characterization, loglines, overviews of the film, as well as culturally relevant stories that would resonate with audiences in Namibia and beyond.
NBC Director General, Stanley Similo applauded the M-Net and NBC teams for their efforts in the selection process and encouraged other corporates to invest in the creative arts as well.
“The standards for what needed to be produced were quite high. We still believe that beyond what MultiChoice Namibia is doing, we want corporate Namibia to put money into this business because once people start giving ideas life, there’s so much that happens in terms of job creation,” Similo said.
The successful film proposals and producers are as follows:
- Home is Where the Money Is – Michael Pulse
- Okalila – Knowledge Ipinge
- Tuli & Jessica – Obed Emvula
- Bokwagter – Dantagos Jimmy-Melanie
- The Funeral – Marinda Stein/Red Hot Films
- Kauna’s Way/ER – Vickson Hangula/Frieda Karipi
- Blackened – Erica Gebhardt
- Instalove – Riejhaat Wolhuter
- Sacky’s Dilemma – Kgosi Makaza
- Set in Stone – David Benade
- The Goal – Mpingana Dax
- Wish for Death – Errol Geingob
- Chef’s Kiss – Guy Knockles
Once the films are complete, they will be aired on DStv and GOtv platforms, as well as Showmax.