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MultiChoice Talent Factory seeks applicants

MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has started accepting applications for its film and TV training programme scheduled to take place in 2022.

Yolisa Phahle

About 60 emerging filmmakers with either industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification in film can apply to be a part of the programme.

MTF is taking applications from 13 African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique. To apply, click here.

The selected students will take part in the MTF Masterclasses, backed by industry partners including Dolby, CBS Justice and Jasco Broadcast Solutions. The top-performing student from each region will be awarded a scholarship by the New York Film Academy of Visual & Performing Arts.

Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO of general entertainment and connected video, said: “The MTF Academy is our commitment to the future of our industry and gives young Africans the chance to hone their television and film production skills through a world-class training programme. After two successful years, we’re proud to announce a new call to entry to and look forward to meeting the next generation of African filmmakers.”

Cheryl Uys-Allie, director of the MTF initiative, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic was undoubtedly a difficult challenge for all involved in keeping the MTF Academy programme going as well as the students. The unwavering support from stakeholders, partners and students has nevertheless been overwhelming. We couldn’t be more excited to have reached our third year as one of MultiChoice Group’s anchor shared-value initiatives directly investing in the next generation of African storytellers.”

The MTF Academy was launched in May 2018 and has so far given 120 students the opportunity to harness their expertise in film and TV and become skilled industry professionals.

The deadline for applications is 17.00 SAST on June 30.

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MultiChoice initiative partners NY academy

MultiChoice Africa’s flagship initiative the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has partnered with a renowned US visual and performing arts school, the New York Film Academy (NYFA).

Cheryl Uys-Allie

The aim of the collaboration is to support the development of young filmmakers who are attending MTF academies across Africa.

The MTF’s mission is to ignite Africa’s already established creative industries through training and skills development. It has already begun its masterclasses in various African cities with the aim of upskilling film and TV creatives in cinematography, audio and storytelling to improve the quality of local productions.

Cheryl Uys-Allie, MTF’s director, said: “This groundbreaking collaboration speaks to our commitment to partnering with industry experts such as the NYFA to promote and protect the growth of Africa’s creative industries,

“Our East Africa academy director, Njoki Muhoho, is an NYFA alumnus, having studied filmmaking at the Los Angeles campus, and we’re excited to be collaborating with the Academy in being able to offer incredible opportunities to our students and the sector as a whole.”

The NYFA, which has supported African content creators for more than a decade, is committed to empowering and developing filmmakers across the world and through this partnership, MultiChoice says it continues its commitment to enrich lives by igniting the creative industry on the continent.

Jim Miller, VP of the NYFA, said: “The New York Film Academy is honoured to be a part of the enrichment, development and fostering of storytellers across Africa, a continent steeped in a rich history of dynamic, creative and passionate visual and performing artists.

“Over the years, NYFA has been privileged to have hosted hundreds of students – from dozens of African nations – many who have found outstanding success in their national industries when they returned home. This MTF and NYFA collaboration is a natural extension of our commitment to help bolster the skills of talented African storytellers.”

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MultiChoice unveils Talent Factory portal

MultiChoice has launched a web portal for its Talent Factory, a pan-African networking platform that brings together talent to access opportunities and connect with like minds.

Cheryl Uys-Allie

Following the launch of the MTF Academies and MTF Masterclasses, the new portal is an attempt to ignite Africa’s creative industries by seeking all film and TV creatives to be part of this new network.

The portal is a film and television digital marketplace that reveals the hidden talents of directors, cinematographers, scriptwriters, editors, actors, sound specialists and producers.

“With increasing cross-continental coverage, filmmakers are looking for networks beyond their own borders,” said Cheryl Uys-Allie, director of the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF).

“As a producer in Nigeria, it is exciting to know it is possible to coproduce in Angola, for example, with access to local talent and production partners. The portal is made for mobile and is therefore accessible to any filmmaker anywhere in the world.”

MultiChoice group executive for corporate affairs Joe Heshu said: “As Africa’s leading storyteller, we play a significant role in bringing the local television and film production industry to life across the continent and the portal is an important extension of our commitment to igniting Africa’s creative industries to find each other and continue making great content.”

The MTF is a shared-value initiative that provides a platform for the creative industries to connect, find one another, stay in touch and make films. For more details, click here

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