Two Zimbabweans are among the 60 aspiring filmmakers from across Africa who have been selected for skills development in the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy’s 2021-2022 training year.
Liz Dziva, head of advertising and public relations at MultiChoice Zimbabwe, said Yvonne Feresu and Chimwemwe Chipidza of Harare would be undertaking their one-year studies at the MTF Academy hub in Lusaka.
“There are three MTF Academy hubs, with Lusaka hosting 20 students from Southern Africa, Nairobi hosting 20 from East Africa and Lagos hosting 20 from West Africa,” he said.
“The two Zimbabweans will join other students from the region studying through the Lusaka hub.”
This will be the third academic year of the MTF program, launched to provide skills development opportunities for aspiring filmmakers across the continent and to stimulate the creation of higher quality content for the African film and television industry.
“We are thrilled that two Zimbabweans will be among the students of 2021-2022 and that they will follow four other Zimbabweans from the previous two academic years, thus ensuring that this country will continue to benefit from the MTF initiative,” said Ms Dziva.
The 60 students were selected from a large number of applicants and their selection follows a rigorous interview and award process by film and television experts and the three directors of the academy. Once trained, they will join the 120 students from 13 countries who have graduated in the program so far.
Training was impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, with the use of online training being made to ensure students remained in training despite the pandemic. Among the golden opportunities offered by the course was a New York Film Academy three-week intensive online course, in which students learn how to make micro-documentaries, public service announcements, commercials and music videos.
“This type of training allows students to someday be active in various industries, not just the film industry,” said Ms. Dziva.
MTF Academy graduates in seven countries are currently working on M-Net and Showmax productions and hopefully this type of activity will continue.
The MTF Academy curriculum was developed in collaboration with partner institutions, including Pan-Africa University in Lagos, Kenyatta University in Nairobi and the University of Zambia. Henley Business School in the UK is also involved in guidance at the start and end of the 12 month program, as well as hosting workshops on Business for Creatives, with a focus on entrepreneurship.
“We congratulate the two Zimbabweans and look forward to their progress after the training year begins in October,” said Ms Dziva.
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