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By Sam Banda Jnr:

Kapumba at work
in Zambia

One of the first recipients of the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy for Malawi Jonathan Kapumba said Tuesday they have made progress in training and have had internships to learn how to produce among others, movies and documentaries.

Kapumba and Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba were selected to represent the country in MTF Academy, which selected 60 participants, 20 for each region.

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The MTF Academy has 20 participants in East Africa whose hub is in Kenya, with Southern Africa having 20 with its hub in Lusaka, Zambia whereas West Africa has its hub in Nigeria.

MultiChoice Africa introduced MTF and other two platforms as part of building Africa’s creative industry particularly filmmaking so as to grow the industry and for Africa to tell its own stories.

“We are now back into internship. At the moment I am in Copperbelt, Ndola. We came last week. And just recently I was in Kitwe where we shot a Confederation of African Football (Caf) game. We are learning a lot as I said and this is part of doing live events on a large scale,” Kapumba said.

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He said they are also learning how to shoot low budget programmes and how to use available resources and achieve the same results.

“At the moment I am also learning how to shoot series and the one I am learning from is Chintelerwe which appears on Zambezi Magic. Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba is at Zuba set where she went but it is a big budget movie,” Kapumba said.

He said, after internship, they will be producing their own movies that they have pitched at Zambezi Magic and that they got commissioned.

“This is our final assignment. But there is just so much on the plate and I am looking forward to doing more and contribute to the growth of films in Malawi and Africa as a whole,” Kapumba said.

MultiChoice Africa sponsors students’ tuition, accommodation and stipend for the duration of their training in each regional hub.

At the MTF Academy, students are also provided with skill to develop their talent, connect with industry professionals and tell authentic African stories through a comprehensive curriculum comprising theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in cinematography, editing, audio production and storytelling.

“This year-long programme will adequately train and up skill young African creatives by providing them with invaluable hands-on industry experience that will give them the confidence to take on Hollywood. I hope it will show them that it’s possible to create a lucrative career in Africa’s film and television industry,” said Berry Lwando, who spearheads the Southern Africa MTF Academy hub in Zambia.

The training which started in October last year has seen Kapumba, Mkwezalamba and others producing television and film content aired on M-Net channels across the MultiChoice platform including Africa Magic, Maisha Magic East, Maisha Magic Bongo, Zambezi Magic, M-Net and SuperSport to reach African audiences on DStv and GOtv platforms.

Lwando said upon graduation from the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy, MTF students will leave with the knowledge and skills to contribute professionally to Africa’s film and television industry.

MultiChoice Malawi General Manager, Gus Banda, said recently that, as a company that is deeply rooted in Malawi, they understand that many young, aspiring filmmakers have the capacity to learn and strengthen their skillset to give back to their communities, but may not be financially equipped to do so.

“The MultiChoice Talent Factory focuses on making sure that those gems are nurtured and their talent developed in order to contribute meaningfully to Africa’s creative industry,” Banda said.

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