By Sam Banda Jnr In Sandton, South Africa:
A chance for filmmakers in Southern Africa, including Malawi, has come for them to submit new film concepts as Zambezi Magic looks ahead to giving people more content next year.
Timothy Okwaro, Channel Director – East and Southern Africa Channels for M-Net announced that Zambezi Magic is looking for five new film concepts.
He said the concepts should depict the authentic African experience and reflect the nuances of the Southern African region.
Okwaro said filmmakers from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana are encouraged to submit their proposals on M-Net’s submissions portal before December 31 2018.
Meanwhile several filmmakers in Malawi have welcomed the move saying they are in need of such opportunities to grow their base.
“I will try my luck. This is a good opportunity for us,” Isaac Bonongwe, a local filmmaker, said.
Speaking at the MultiChoice Southern Africa Media Showcase 2018 in Sandton, South Africa, themed: “Nobody Does Storytelling Like We Do”, Okwaro said the door was open to all filmmakers in Southern Africa.
Okwaro also presented the content line-up for Zambezi Magic in 2019.
“Since the birth of the channel in 2015, Zambezi Magic has grown exponentially by working with local producers to share Southern Africa’s stories. In 2016, we commissioned five local shows, and to date we have commissioned over 17 shows,” he said.
Okwaro said Zambezi Magic channel comprises 85 percent local content and has grown from strength to strength.
He said during this period, the channel featured a wide array of content across the region including Botswana where DStv viewers witnessed history in the making as Zambezi Magic premiered We Are All Blue on Africa Day in 2017.
In Malawi, Zambezi Magic screened shows include Know Your Star —a series of up-close-and-personal interviews with Malawian celebrities; The Grapevine, a talk show and a documentary of the 2016 Lake of Stars Music Festival.
The channel also beamed Shemu Joyah’s films Seasons of Life and Last Fishing Boat.
The channel also screened content from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia.
Okwaro said that Zambezi Magic, channel 160 on DStv, is a hyper-local channel that offers a mix of locally produced content for six markets in Southern Africa.
“Filmmakers and producers can access the Zambezi Magic submissions portal via https:// submissions.mnetcorporate. co.za/. We are open as I said and we will try our level best to have content from all the countries,” he said.
Okwaro also gave hope to Malawi saying they are currently doing things little by little and that soon there will be more from all countries.
“We have content from Malawi and we will try our best to pick enough but of good quality and also good stories,” he said in an interview later.
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