60 new students will join MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTFClass )’s of 2023 in its 12-month, fully-funded school program that nurtures burgeoning TV and film talent in Africa.
The MTF’s 12-month training program, which includes both theory and practical experience in filmmaking from scriptwriting to cinematography, editing, and audio post-production, has been selected 60 aspiring filmmakers from across 13 African countries after the academy received thousands of applications.
The final candidates that were chosen include 50% males and 50% females from the Southern Region, 40% males and 60% females from the Western Region, and a total of 55% males and 45% females will represent the Eastern Region after a thorough interview and adjudication process by regional Academy Directors and industry representatives.
To guarantee that the students obtain the greatest possible training and hands-on experience necessary to refine their abilities and positively contribute to the film and television business, MTF Academies continue to collaborate with its regional and worldwide partners. MTF also collaborates with eminent regional and international facilitators, including academician Dr. Benea Shapaya, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Kenyatta University, who will lead a session on the history of the African film and television industry, and Neil McCarthy, a four-time SAFTA-winning writer, producer, and director who is currently one of the most skilled screenwriters in the nation. A number of the program’s award-winning experts that create material for the M-Net group channels are of a very high caliber and come from all across the continent.
The best graduates from each of the three academies will be given the amazing chance to hone their abilities through a variety of internships supported by MTF partner organizations, including, among others, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) and Zee World. where they will receive further hands-on training to better prepare them for different fields in the TV and film industries.
We wish the Class of 2023 well as they embark on their new journey and are really enthusiastic about them. Since filmmaking is such a great craft and because the business is always changing, this year’s students will be encouraged to investigate and take advantage of numerous new technologies that are reshaping the field. Nwabisa Matyumza, director of Multichoic Factory for Africa, urged the Class of 2023 to pursue presenting African tales we Talentith boldness and curiosity.
Since its start, MTF has demonstrated consistent success, developing the talents of more than 120 aspiring filmmakers from 13 different nations on the continent who are now a part of the expanding MTF alumni network and spreading the word about Africa. Within three months of graduation, 60% of the MTF Alumni class of 2022’s alumni were working in the TV business. This is a convincing illustration of the value of the training and development the MTF program offers.