MultiChoice Talent Factory Announces Call to Entry for 2019 Academy

Some of Uganda's popular filmmakers attending the MTF portal launch in Kampala in March.

MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has announced its 2019 call to entry for the MTF Academy.

This week, Mulichoice announced that it is looking for 60 aspiring film and TV creatives from across the continent to be part of the MTF Class of 2019.

The search is out to select and bring to the screens passionate entertainers with powerful and inspiring stories to tell.

MTF was launched in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Africa’s ground-breaking corporate shared value (CSV) initiative aimed at igniting Africa’s creative industry through TV and filmmaking.

The Call to Entry targets all emerging filmmakers from 13 African countries with either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification in filmmaking to apply for this exciting opportunity to hone their television and film production skills under the guidance and mentorship of industry experts.

Details on how eligible persons can apply are available on the MTF portal and the process will end on June 14.

“Only 60 students will be selected to part of the sought-after year-long and fully-funded programme at three academy hubs located in Southern Africa (Lusaka, Zambia), East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) and West Africa (Lagos, Nigeria) headed by industry leaders Berry Lwando, Njoki Muhoho and Femi Odugbemi, respectively,” reads a statement by MultiChoice.

As part of the programme, young filmmakers are provided with training and hands-on experience in the film industry, with a focus on storytelling, production, audio and directing and other key areas.

“The academies also provide students with an opportunity to learn directly from well-known leading industry experts, work on live sets of local TV productions and create original content that will be aired on various local M-Net channels across the MultiChoice platforms – DStv, GOtv and Showmax”.

So far, MTF Academies have exposed the Class of 2018 to real-life industry immersions which includes the Kenya Hub students working on productions such as music reality show Coke Studio, Pambio, Turn-Up and the popular Swahili telenovela Selina.

As part of MultiChoice Africa’s investment in growing Africa’s creative industries into vibrant economies, MTF in 2019 extended its commitment by introducing the MTF Masterclass series, aimed at upskilling industry professionals by offering exclusive access to practical, expert-led industry skills workshops in various counties.

In March, the initiative rolled out the MTF Portal and interactive online destination which brings talent and opportunities together under one platform for Africa’s creatives to connect and network with each other.

Commenting on the networking portal, Ugandan award winning actor, Mathew Nabwiso, said the initiative has been long overdue.

“MultiChoice is finally pushing to support filmakers. I don’t know what took them so long, but now that they are bringing such initiatives, it’s a very good thing”.

“Networking online is a very good opportunity for film practitioners. It can take us places that we previously needed to pay for to get to,” Matthew Nabwiso told SoftPower News during the March launch of the MTF portal.

He said it has been difficult for Ugandans to make contact with other filmmakers and practitioners in other industries like Nollywood or in Kenya for business and collaborative projects.

This was due to the lack of; individual contacts as well as a common medium that bring these like-minded individuals together, he said.

“If you don’t have their contacts, you can’t get to them. Now, this (MTF) being an entirely film practitioners’ platform, it is will be strictly business and it is easier for one to respond to you since we share the same interest,” Mathew said.

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