23 May 2019


MultiChoice Partners New York Film Academy

Pay television firm, MultiChoice has announced a partnership between its flagship initiative, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), and the New York Film Academy College of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA), a world-renowned visual and performing arts school.

The groundbreaking collaboration, explained Femi Odugbemi, MTF Academy Director (West Africa), is in line with MTF’s mission of igniting Africa’s already established creative industries through training and skills development as well as foster new and original programming.

Cheryl Uys-Allie, MTF Director, added that MultiChoice’s commitment to partnering with industry experts such as the NYFA is to promote and protect the growth of Africa’s creative industries. She also pointed out that the endorsement of the MTF by NYFA confirms the film school’s continued efforts to the empowerment and development of filmmakers across the world.

For more than a decade, the NYFA has supported African content creators and performers by hosting workshops across the continent, where the institution’s faculty has met with thousands of students in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya and further bridged its hands-on intensive training in both the visual and performing arts as well as offering information sessions, auditions, and portfolio reviews to attendees.

The NYFA prides itself in developing students through a “learning by doing” approach, blending a mixture of traditional film school instruction with coursework and practical experience, which ensures that students learn to make films by actually making films. Through this partnership, MultiChoice continues its commitment to boosting capacity in the continent’s creative industry.

Jim Miller, NYFA Vice President, said the institution is delighted to be part of the process to upgrade skills of African film and television professionals.

“The New York Film Academy is honored to be a part of the enrichment, development, and fostering of storytellers across Africa, a continent steeped in a rich history of dynamic, creative and passionate visual and performing artists

“Over the years, NYFA has been privileged to have hosted hundreds of students—from dozens of African nations—many of whom have found outstanding success in their national industries when they returned home.

“This MTF and NYFA collaboration is a natural extension of our commitment to help bolster the skills of talented African storytellers,” Miller said.

The MTF Academy (West Africa) Director, equally noted that the much anticipated MTF Masterclasses kicked off in January, supported by various industry partners, and will include series of workshops intended to increase MTF’s purpose of upskilling film and TV creatives. Taking place across various cities, the Masterclasses are also presented to industry professionals with the intention of developing technical skills of established creatives in cinematography, audio and storytelling to improve the quality of local productions.
Source: PPM News Nigeria

Registration for Mediatech Africa 2019 – Now Open

Unmatched in potential; Mediatech is an experience which visitors immerse themselves in, leaving invigorated and inspired by the possibility of opportunity and a fast forward glimpse into the future.

Registration for Mediatech Africa 2019 is now open and delegates can sign up at no cost by completing the online registration form  before 12 July.

For those who miss the pre-registration cut off there is onsite registration – an option which costs R100.

Local and international industry authorities will be showcasing the tech trends driving progress in the world of media and entertainment and the 2019 expo is the ideal platform to keep step with the changes that have transpired over the last two years. The highly specialised biannual B2B trade show attracts buyers, top decision makers and influential visitors and combines the latest technology with live demonstrations, presentation zones and special events and it’s the ideal forum for networking. Add to this the show specials coupled with the event’s unparalleled entertainment value; there are more than 10 good reasons to be at the 10th edition of Mediatech Africa.

According to the organisers, the visitor count achieved two years ago exceeded 7 500 delegates and there’s no reason to believe this year will be any different.

The event will once again be at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg and will run from 19 – 21 July.

MultiChoice Talent Factory announces 2019 Call for Entry into MTF Academy

Budding filmmakers from Zimbabwe have been offered a chance to climb the ladder of professional opportunity through selection into year two of the MultiChoice Talent Factory initiative.

A call has been made for aspiring film and television professionals to apply for consideration for acceptance into the MultiChoice Talent Factory academy for Southern Africa, one of three set up last year to stimulate growth of the pool of technical talent in Africa.

According to Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe, three MTF academies were established in 2018 and the first course students at all three are at present half-way through the first year of operation, studying all aspects of production and working on practical assignments designed to hone their increasing skills in this field.

“Year two will start in October, once the first-years have graduated, and a call is being made to all aspiring filmmakers to place their names for consideration for places in the academies set up in Lusaka, for Southern Africa, in Nairobi, for East Africa, and in Lagos, for West Africa. Successful Zimbabweans will placed in the Lusaka, where they will follow two current Zimbabwean students on the first year course,” she said.

A total of 60 students are being sought, 20 in each of the academies, with an entry deadline for applications of June 14. The Lusaka academy is headed by respected industry professional Berry Lwando.

“Launched in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Africa’s extensive corporate shared value initiative aimed at igniting Africa’s creative industry through TV and filmmaking, the MTF Academy programme seeks to harness the talents of emerging filmmakers from 13 African countries, including Zimbabwe,” said Ms Dziva.

“The applicants need either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification in filmmaking to apply for this exciting opportunity to hone their television and film production skills under the guidance and mentorship of industry experts.”

As part of the programme, young filmmakers are provided with training and hands-on experience in the film industry, with a focus on storytelling, production, audio and directing, as well as other key areas. The academies also provide students with an opportunity to learn directly from well-known leading industry experts, work on live sets of local TV productions and create original content that will be aired on various local M-Net channels across the MultiChoice platform.

MTF academies have to date exposed the Class of 2018 to real-life industry immersions that includes the East Africa hub students working on productions such as music reality show Coke Studio, Pambio, Turn-Up and the popular Swahili soap Selina. In West Africa the students cut their teeth on the thrilling series Battleground, The Johnsons, Tinsel and sitcom Flatmates, while the Southern African class worked on the reality show Date My Family, the Top ZED music show and the drama series Chintelelwe. The students also had an opportunity to gain hands-on experience on SuperSport shows and pitch their final-semester film projects to MultiChoice channel executives.

Dziva said the MTF initiative would also be introducing a MultiChoice Talent Factrory Masterclass series, aimed at offering industry professionals exclusive access to practical, expert-led industry skills workshops in various counties. Earlier this year, the initiative rolled out the MTF Portal, an interactive online destination that brings talent and opportunities together under one platform for Africa’s creative talent to connect and network with each other.

She said would-be applicants for the MTF Academy should visit www.multichoicetalentfactory.com and follow the advised steps to enter, bearing in mind the deadline of June 14. The 60 students would be selected from 13 African countries in which MultiChoice operates for the year-long programme that will start in October. The countries are Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique.

People can join the MTF social media conversation on the hashtag #MultichoiceTalentFactory and follow or join Instagram: @multichoicetalentfactory; Twitter: @MCTalentFactory or Facebook: @multichoiceafricatalentfactory.

More information on the MultiChoice Talent Factory can also be sourced through info@multichoicetalentfactory.com.