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MultiChoice Talent Factory calls for 2023 class


MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy on Monday opened applications for this year’s cohort, which will close on June 3 2022.

A press statement says MTF is searching for 60 aspiring film and TV content creators from Southern, West and East Africa to be part of the Class of 2023.

Now approaching its fifth year, the MTF programme is expected to kick off in October.

The call is open to all emerging filmmakers, with either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification, to apply to hone their television and film production skills.

The curriculum for MTF combines film studies such as directing, sound design and the business of film with workplace experience on M-Net’s top productions.

The 12-month fully-funded programme is open to candidates from Southern, Western and East African countries.

A press statement says under the leadership of three new academy directors, this will be a landmark year for the MTF Academy programme and that this year’s newly-appointed MTF academy directors are Atinuke Babatunde (West Africa hub), Victoria Goro (East Africa hub) and Christopher Puta (Southern Africa hub).

“This couldn’t be a more exciting opportunity for African film and TV content creators,” Babatunde said.

In addition to the hands-on training that all students will receive as part of the programme, the statement says that participants will also get enhanced training experience from the Academy partnerships, which include New York Film Academy (NYFA), Henley Business School, Dolby and Canon, among others.

Previous cohorts have also worked with the United Nations’ Verified campaign, and have pitched projects to Partners Against Piracy and Creative Development on a climate change campaign.

Some of the recipients of the programme from Malawi include Jonathan Kapumba and Mphatso Makamo, whose short movie Manda Aliza last weekend screened at the third European Film Festival.

Meanwhile, Africa Magic, in association with MultiChoice, announced an eight-day series of events to herald the 8th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) with the awards night set for tomorrow in Nigeria.

The country has produced winners in 2016 and 2018 in AMVCAs through Joyce Mhango Chavula with her film Lilongwe and Shemu Joyah with The Road to Sunrise respectively.

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