MultiChoice Namibia and the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) are on the lookout for film proposals that reflect authentic Namibian stories.
Experienced filmmakers and producers who are citizens or permanent residents of Namibia and have an idea suitable for television can submit their proposals here by March 25.
Proposals must include relatable characters and themes covering unique real-life experiences like love, hope and betrayal. Made-for-TV film concepts may be in Namibian local languages but they must be culturally relevant and specific to the setting of the story.
Other stipulations are that any dialogue in indigenous languages should include English subtitles. Also, the film should be 50 minutes long and the accepted genres include comedy, family drama, action and romantic comedy. Any proposal should be suitable for family viewing.
Proposals should also include an overview of company – writers/director/DOP, logline, genre, synopsis, characters, a summary of the main character’s journey and a budget estimate figure.
MultiChoice has for many years showcased original and diverse Namibian content on its platforms through a carriage agreement that has made the national broadcaster’s channels available on its platforms DStv and GOtv.
Roger Gertze, managing director of MultiChoice Namibia, said: “We believe that with this massive investment to our film industry, we remain committed to supporting local production houses, including talented actors, writers and filmmakers.”
Stanley Benjamin Similo, NBC’s director-general, said: “Over the years, NBC has been the trusted national broadcaster of choice that has been dedicated to showcasing local content.
“MultiChoice Namibia has greatly assisted us with broadening our spectrum through its platforms. The renewal of the [MultiChoice/NBC] carriage agreement further strengthens our long-standing partnership to deliver quality local content to our audiences, and the implementation of the call for submissions is proof of that.”