Pay TV group MultiChoice has launched a series of short films from training scheme the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) on its DStv platform.
Colours of Africa, comprising 16 short films, has been launched as a celebration of African cinema.
All of the films are directed by the MTF academy class of 2020 and are in line with the MultiChoice Group’s support for the preservation and celebration of African history, culture and traditions through film and TV.
The titles are as follows: East Africa Academy films Egna (Ethiopia), Rebirth (Kenya), Ruracio (Kenya), Johari (Tanzania) and Engaito (Uganda); Southern Africa Academy films The Secrets of the Kingdom (Angola), Cradle (Botswana), Manda Aliza (Malawi), The Lobola (Mozambique), Kegumbo Okegumbo (Namibia), NYAU (Zambia), Lost in Culture (Zambia) and Figure It Out (Zimbabwe); and West Africa Academy films Oko K3 Akuetey (Ghana), Bride Untangled (Nigeria) and Omugwo (Nigeria).
Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice group CEO of general entertainment and connected video, said: “The Colours of Africa film series is one of the many ways that MultiChoice celebrates young film talent in Africa. We are proud to honour Africa Day by celebrating the work of the MTF Academies’ class of 2020 in this way. The film series also speaks to MultiChoice’s commitment to developing and nurturing the abundance of young talent who represent the future of our industry.”
Cheryl Uys-Allie, director of the MTF initiative, added: “The theme of the collection of films is ‘connecting generations through storytelling’. What is particularly beautiful about the series is that the MTF students produced the short films in their home countries, adding local context, voice and visuals to their cinematic expression in the Colours of Africa series. The series also speaks to the purpose of MTF to ensure that we invest in the next generation of storytellers with knowledge shared by skilled professionals in the industry.”
The series can be watched on the M-Net Movies AfroCinema Film Festival pop-up channel, DStv channel 198, GOtv Max, GOtv Plus and on Showmax on Africa Day and beyond.