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Multi-Choice Talent factory enrolls AFDA graduates

Publishing Date : 10 September, 2019

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

After a two-month long rigorous selection process across 13 African countries, Masego Mohwasa and Lorato Orapeleng and other aspiring filmmakers representing East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa got selected.

 

Their master classes will see the beginning of their 12-month training programme at the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academies, in Lusaka, Zambia, in October this year. Multichoice Talent factory, is an education programme that develops emerging television and film talent in Africa, through an accredited 12-month immersion programme including; both theory and hands-on experience in cinematography, editing, audio production and storytelling. It is the first academy of its kind, spanning three regions and 13 countries across Africa.

 

Sixty deserving young talented candidates who want to work and innovate in film and television production, get the chance to hone their skills alongside industry greats. This year-long funded programme, is offered through accredited regional MTF Academies based in Kenya (for East Africa), Nigeria (for West Africa) and Zambia (for Southern Africa), in partnership with respected local academic institutions. The final candidates were selected after an adjudication process by film and television experts, as well as regional Academy Directors Njoki Muhoho (East Africa), Berry Lwando (Southern Africa) and Femi Odugbemi (West Africa). It was launched in May 2018, as part of MultiChoice Africa’s ground-breaking corporate shared value (CSV) initiative. 

 

The duo that just completed their studies with AFDA and are both filmmakers who are passionate about storytelling are looking forward to grow themselves in becoming seasoned filmmakers. In an in interview with WeekendLife, Mohwasa expressed her thrill after being confirmed to have been enrolled in the programme. “For me, this is one of the best rewards I have had so far. This year I just told myself; I am going to bury myself in my work and work hard. It has been a rewarding year and I intend to make this fruitful,” she beamed. Mohwasa applied at a time when she was making a projection of where she wanted to be in the next five years, which turned to her favor. “I needed to be sure if it was something I needed to do, to be where I wanted to be in the next five years,” she said.

 

Accompanied by Orapeleng, who described this opportunity as fruits of her hard work, which she had put in over the past years, said she had been battling to make water come out of a rock for many years now. “I constantly believed that there is always a reward to every level. The harder you try, the luckier you get. There were so many auditions I went to, and didn’t make it through any of them, it had me wanting to give up, I felt it was not working out but this year, I decided to work harder,” she said. Growing up, she wanted to be a television presenter, she explained that she is delighted that MultiChoice came through for her and she feels grateful that she was recognised by an international brand. The appetite for training opportunities across Africa is massive within the creative film and TV industry, according to MultiChoice Talent Factory Director Cheryl Uys-Allie, which is exactly why the MTF Academy programme was launched.

 

“As one of the few industry players that not only tell African stories but also invest in them, the need for a dynamic training programme such as the MTF Academy has been a long time coming. As MultiChoice Africa, we always ask ourselves; what’s next in the industry, and how can we better prepare for it? The MTF Academy was the answer to that question; by giving young Africans the chance to hone their television and film production skills,” says Uys-Allie.

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