MultiChoice offers African filmmakers a chance to hone their skills

Thursday June 03 2021
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By The Citizen Reporter

In a world where creativity determines the quality of your output, a chance to elevate one’s proficiency is always desired. In Africa, a unique program has for the past two years been at the forefront in honing skills of raw talents in the creative industry.

The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MFT) has once again opened its doors for African film and television creatives to harness their skills in what is fast becoming one of the continent’s best hubs for nurturing skilled individuals.

 Now in its third year, MTF has announced applications for its sought-after film and TV training programme.

Offered in East, West and Southern Africa, the MTF has seen Tanzania partake in each of its rollouts, in the process producing some talented youth in the creative industry. The call for application is open to all emerging filmmakers with either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification in film. The academy provides an opportunity for raw talents to hone their television and film production skills.

“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 and look forward to meeting the next generation of African filmmakers,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video.

Launched in May 2018, the MTF Academy has so far given 120 students the chance to harness their expertise in film and TV, moulding them into skilled industry professionals. The Class of 2020 set a precedent as the first cohort of students to work during a pandemic. As a result, the programme was extended from 12 to 18 months. This additional time allowed the students to graduate with two qualifications as opposed to one.


Despite adapting to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Class of 2020 had other opportunities to shine: they were active participants during the virtual MTF Masterclass sessions and worked on the global Pledge to Pause PSAs for the United Nations Verified campaign. They also got to make short films in their home countries which launched as part of the ‘Colours of Africa’ series airing on Showmax and M-Net AfroCinema pop-up channel as part of the Africa Month campaign in May.

 “The Covid-19 pandemic was undoubtedly a difficult challenge both 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 the MultiChoice Group’s anchor shared value initiatives directly investing to the next generation of African storytellers,” says Cheryl Uys-Allie, Director of the MultiChoice Talent Factory initiative.

Applications are open from 1 June to 30 June 2021 and eligible countries include:

Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique