MTF stretches out to 300 film-makers in online courses
In a move that is aimed at uplifting the film industry in Africa including Malawi, MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has reached out to 300 filmmakers across the continent through online courses.
A press statement from MultiChoice says the online courses are tailored for industry professionals working across the African continent and have been launched in eight African countries.
The statement says the courses are an expansion of the existing programmes MTF already offers to beneficiaries.
MTF has partnered SAE Institute, a world leader in creative media education established in 1976, to offer to fully-funded online short courses to 300 media professionals from Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria.
In South Africa, MTF says they offer nationally accredited degrees and certificates across four disciplines – animation, audio, games and film.
The statement says the online short courses have been custom-designed by MTF and SAE to fulfill production knowledge gaps that exist within the industry.
The five courses created are script writing, production management, cinematography, audio post-production and 3D animation, with each short course running for five weeks.
MTF Director for Africa, Nwabisa Matyumza, said following the success and immense impact of the MTF Academy, they have received numerous requests from established film and TV industry professionals, who are unable to apply for the academy graduate programmes as they only cater for working professionals.
“We wanted to create short courses to further enhance their skill sets and this is our response to those requests. The TV and film industry is constantly evolving and, as such, we, as professionals, must continue to diversify and develop our skills,” Matyumza said.
The online orientation programme, hosted by South African comedian Mpho Popps, was attended by film and TV industry professionals.
MultiChoice Malawi Corporate Affairs Manager Zena Makunje Tuesday said they were constantly looking for ways to empower Malawi’s film and television industry players through a partnership with SAE.
“We are able to administer the best in media/production course through distance learning. We want to provide creative professionals with the tools to take Malawian content and production to the next level,” Makunje said.