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MTF Academy seeks film, TV creatives

Pan-African networking platform MultiChoice Talent Factory is on the look-out for 60 aspiring film and TV creatives from 13 African countries to join the MTF Academy 2019.

The countries involved include Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique.

Aimed at igniting Africa’s creative industry through TV and filmmaking, this is another opportunity for young filmmakers to hone the skills they have in television and film production under the mentorship of industry experts like Berry Lwando, Njoki Muhoho and Femi Odugbemi, respectively.

Set to join in October, the selected students will be part of the fully funded programme at three academy hubs in southern Africa (Lusaka, Zambia), East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) and West Africa (Lagos, Nigeria).

They will have hands-on training in the film industry, storytelling, cinematography, production, audio and directing. They will also be able to work on live sets during local TV productions and create original content that will be aired on various local M-Net channels across MultiChoice’s platforms DStv, GOtv and Showmax.

To apply, visit www.multichoicetalentfactory.com before June 14.

In an effort to invest in Africa’s creative industry, MultiChoice Talent Factory recently introduced the MTF Masterclass series as well as the MTF Portal, which brings together talent and opportunities on one platform.

A statement on the company’s website reads thus: “At MultiChoice Africa, the African entertainment industry is at the core of who we are and what we do. This social investment programme shows our commitment – alongside long-term partnerships with government, stakeholders and creative organisations – to develop Africa’s creative industries into vibrant, economic centres. This is how MultiChoice uses the power of entertainment to enrich lives.”

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MTF Academy receives book donations

MultiChoice Nigeria’s recently launched talent-search initiative, the MTF Academy, has received a number of book donations for its library.

Emeka Mba

Those who have donated include Emeka Mba, former director general of the National Broadcasting Commission, who provided 300 books; and movie producer Lilian Amah, who gave 10 copies of her most recently published book.

Meanwhile, professor Abraham Linus, former dean of Ghana’s National Film & Television Institute, donated two copies of his book on visual literacy, while the Committee for the Relevant Arts has provided 100 books.

The wide range of books includes autobiographies, novels, biographies and topics such as the arts. The donations are an attempt to ensure a reading culture among students at the MTF Academy.

Mba said: “MultiChoice, through the MTF project, has rewritten the narrative of the creative industry by investing in the students of the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy.

“Sharing ideas and knowledge is key, and knowledge is the only thing that you share and it grows. You cannot be a good lawyer if you don’t read cases. So, if you want to be a good filmmaker with impactful stories to tell, you have to read.”

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MTF Academy lines up 20 students

Pay TV operator MultiChoice has named the 20 students who have been chosen to participate in the company’s Talent Factory Academy (aka MTF Academy).

The 20 MTF Academy students

The two-month selection process looked at 3,000 entries from Ghana and Nigeria. It was handled by a group of film and television industry experts and MultiChoice’s regional academy director Femi Odugbemi.

The students are: Adeniyi Joseph, Allen Onyige, Blessing Bulus, Bolaji James, Dumevi Irene, Edmund Asamoah, Gilbert Bassey, Henry Denkirya, Indogesit Peter, Iroagalachi Precious, Kemi Adeyemi, Metong Minwon, Mnena Akpera, Moses Akerele, Nanret Paul Kumbet, Umm’salma Saliu, Ugwu Uchenna Eileen, Sonia Nwosu, Kemi Tamara Adeyemi and Tochukwu Nwaiwu.

Most have similar backgrounds and interests. Among them are TV personalities, cinematographers, presenters, photographers, writers and producers.

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MultiChoice’s Factory seeks talent

The recently launched MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has put out a call for applications.

The Naspers-owned pay TV company recently launched a 12-month pan-African film and television academy for aspiring media professionals and entrepreneurs. The MTF Academy aims to provide students with the skill sets required to work in the television and film industry.

Entries are open until July 5 and aspiring film and TV creatives can apply on the MTF website . A total of 60 individuals will be selected from 13 countries to become students. Classes will begin on October 1 in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia.

The MTF initiative comprises three parts, the MTF Academy, MTF Masterclasses and professional database MTF Portal. The MTF Academy students are expected to produce content for television and film that will air on MultiChoice’s TV platforms DSTV and GOtv.

MultiChoice described the initiative as “a social investment initiative aimed at igniting Africa’s creative industries and growing them into vibrant, economic powerhouses.”

The company added: “The African continent is steeped in a rich and diverse history of living passionately through language, art, music and colourful storytelling. As the continent continues to change rapidly, the entertainment industry has become ever more relevant. MultiChoice Africa has identified an opportunity in this fast-changing environment – one that will leave a lasting impact on the creative industry as a whole.”

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