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MTF launches Colours of Africa short film series

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MultiChoice Group and MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) are celebrating the love of African cinema with the Colours of Africa film series.

The move comes as the African continent celebrates Africa Day.

A press statement says the series will feature 16 films shot and directed by the MTF Academy’s class of 2020, available on Showmax on Africa Day and M-Net AfroCinema pop-up channel from May 21 to 30.

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It further says viewers will get to sink their teeth into a selection of films from East, West and Southern Africa and marvel at the results of talent honed by MTF Academy’s distinctive curriculum.

MultiChoice Group Chief Executive Officer of General Entertainment and Connected Video Yolisa Phahle said Colours of Africa film series is one of the many ways that MultiChoice celebrates young film talent in Africa.

“We are proud to honour Africa Day by celebrating the work of the MTF academies’ class of 2020 in this way. The film series also speaks to MultiChoice’s commitment to developing and nurturing the abundance of young talent who represent the future of our industry,” Phahle said.

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She said the M-Net AfriCinema pop-up is also expected to feature films from the inaugural class of MTF Academy as well as public service announcements shot by the class of 2020 for the United Nations Pledge to cause campaign as part of their academy course.

Director of MTF initiative Cheryl Uys-Allie said the Covid pandemic set a precedent for the Class of 2020 and that their resilience culminated in a successful second year of the MTF shared value initiative.

“While the students’ academic course was extended from 12 months to 18 months, the additional time allowed for an online accredited course through our partner New York Film Academy,” Uys-Allie said.

The director said the theme of the collections of films is connecting generations through storytelling.

Some of the Colour of Africa films set to screen from Southern Africa Academy include Manda Aliza from Malawi, Nyau and Lost in Culture from Zambia, Figure it Out from Zimbabwe whereas East Africa and West Africa academies will screen, among others, Egna from Ethiopia and Umugwo from Nigeria.

The class of 2020 from Malawi had Mphatso Makamo and Chisomo Livason whereas the inaugural class had Jonathan Kapumba and Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba.

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