The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Southern Africa Academy has witnessed the emergence of a fresh cohort of skilled TV and film professionals as the class of 2023 successfully graduated in Lusaka, Zambia.
The MTF program, designed by MultiChoice to nurture the next generation of African storytellers, aims to address the rising demand for high-quality local productions across the continent by training and empowering budding filmmakers.
The graduation ceremony held on November 17, 2023, marked the culmination of a rigorous 12-month program, incorporating practical and theoretical modules accredited by the University of Zambia. This cohort of 19 students hailing from six Southern African countries exhibited dedication, refining their skills and expanding their industry networks throughout the intensive training.
The curriculum featured comprehensive training encompassing screenwriting, editing, producing, and directing. The students actively engaged in practical projects including short films, TV adverts, mini-documentaries, and music videos, while also benefiting from hands-on experience through attachments with prominent MultiChoice productions such as Zuba, Mpali, and 10 Tamanga Street.
Christopher Puta, the Director of MTF Southern Africa Academy, commended the graduates for their commitment and talent, expressing anticipation for their contributions to the entertainment sector. He emphasized their exceptional capabilities and encouraged them to leverage their skills for the advancement of the Southern African entertainment industry.
The Minister of Education’s representative, Mr. Ngosa Kotati, hailed the MultiChoice Talent Factory for its role in imparting technical, vocational, and entrepreneurial skills to the youth, fostering mentorship, and supporting career development.
Moreover, MTF’s strategic collaborations with renowned entities such as the New York Film Academy, Lights, Camera, Diaspora!, Zee World Channel, and the University of Zambia have fortified its reputation as a premier provider of media and technology training in Africa.
The MTF alumni have already made significant strides in the industry, contributing to various successful productions across the continent. Their roles encompass directing, producing, sound design, camera operation, art direction, and editing in esteemed African productions like Mpali, Zuba, My Horror Love Story, and multiple channel productions.
Beyond nurturing talent, MTF actively engages in industry development, supporting organizations like the Zambia Filmmakers Guild and contributing to the formation of the Zambia National Film Commission. Additionally, the academy has launched an ‘Expansion Program’ offering expert-led skills workshops to broadcasters and professionals, fostering skill development in filmmaking.
MTF’s collaborative platform continues to fortify Southern Africa’s film and TV industry, shaping its future by investing in local skills and amplifying Africa’s creative potential. The initiative extends its gratitude to partners, stakeholders, and collaborators for their contributions to shaping Africa’s entertainment landscape.