BY: FOIBE SHAHEPA
For the Class of 2022, the pan-African project is looking for 60 young film and television creatives from Southern Africa, West Africa, and East Africa.
The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy, now in its third year, has opened applications for its coveted film and television training program! The application period runs from June 1 to June 30, 2021, and applications must be submitted online.
All aspiring filmmakers with industry experience or a suitable post-secondary film qualification are encouraged to apply for this exciting opportunity to polish their television and filmmaking abilities.
“The MTF Academy is our commitment to the future of our industry, providing young Africans with a world-class training program to enhance their television and film production talents. We’re excited to announce a new call for entries after two successful years, and we’re looking forward to meeting the next generation of African filmmakers,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of MultiChoice Group’s General Entertainment and Connected Video division.
Since its inception in May 2018, the MTF Academy has given 120 students the opportunity to hone their skills in cinema and television, transforming them into skilled industry experts. As the first cohort of students to work during a pandemic, the Class of 2020 set a precedent. As a result, the 12-month program was extended to 18 months. Because of the extra time, the students were able to graduate with two degrees rather of just one.
Despite having to adapt to the Covid-19 limits, the Class of 2020 had other opportunities to shine: they were enthusiastic participants in virtual MTF Masterclass sessions and worked on worldwide Pledge to Pause PSAs for the United Nations Verified initiative. They also had the opportunity to shoot short films in their home countries, which were featured in the ‘Colours of Africa’ series, which aired on Showmax and M-Net AfroCinema as part of the Africa Month promotion in May.
“The Covid-19 pandemic was clearly a terrible task for everyone engaged with the MTF Academy program, including the students. Despite this, the unwavering support of stakeholders, partners, and students has been overwhelming. We couldn’t be more delighted to have reached our third year as one of the MultiChoice Group’s key shared value programs directly investing in the future generation of African storytellers,” said Cheryl Uys-Allie, Director of the MultiChoice Talent Factory program.