Recently, MultiChoice Africa announced a partnership between MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) initiative and the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA), a world-renowned visual and performing arts school.
This collaboration/partnership aims to:
Identify and exploit opportunities to enhance the ongoing professional development of selected high-performing graduates of the MTF academies.
Ignite Africa’s creative industries through training and skills development.
Foster new and original programming.
Support upskilling of established film and television creatives through initiatives such as master classes, workshops intended to increase Multi-Choice Talent Factory’s purpose of upskilling film and TV creatives
Developing technical skills of established creatives in cinematography, audio, and storytelling to improve the quality of local productions.
Promote and protect the growth of Africa’s creative industries
Endorsement of the MTF, confirms the film school’s continued commitment to empower and develop filmmakers across the world. For more than a decade, NYFA has been supporting African content creators and performers by hosting workshops across the continent. It has admitted thousands of students from Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria and further bridged its intensive hands-on training in both the visual and performing arts, as well as offering information sessions, auditions, and portfolio reviews to attendees.
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.Consequently, students learn to make films by actually making films.
Does your passion for video entertainment knows no bounds? Do your stories wildly stir the imagination of your audience? Is your creativity inspiring enough to make you Africa’s next big content creator?If so, then MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy is looking for you!
Only 60 students will be selected to part of the sought-after year-long, and fully-funded programme at three academy hubs located in Southern Africa (Lusaka, Zambia), East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya) and West Africa (Lagos, Nigeria) headed by industry leaders Berry Lwando, Njoki Muhoho, and Femi Odugbemi, respectivel.
As part of the programme, young filmmakers will be provided with training and hands-on experience in the film industry,with a focus on storytelling, production, audio and directing and other vital 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 Tv production M-Net channels across the MultiChoice platforms – DStv, GOtv and Showmax.
So far, MTF Academies have exposed the Class of 2018 to real-life industry immersions which include the Kenya Hub students working on productions such as music reality show Coke Studio, Pambio, Turn-Up and the popular Swahili telenovela Selina. In Nigeria, the students cut their teeth on the thrilling series Battleground, The Johnsons, Tinsel and Flatmates which is a situational comedy, while in Zambia, the class worked on the reality show, Date My Family, Top ZED music show and the drama series Chintelelwe. The students also had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience on SuperSports shows and pitch their final-semester film projects to MultiChoice channel executives.
In March, the initiative rolled out the MultiChoice Talent Film Portal, and interactive online destination which brings talent and opportunities together under one platform for Africa’s creatives to connect and network with each other.