Students graduate from MultiChoice Talent Factory

By Confidente Reporter

THE first MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Southern Africa academy students graduated after completing a 12-month film training programme. The graduation ceremony was held at the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication (ZAMCOM) where students received certificates from the Zambia University accredited training programme.

Namibians Sally Jason, Toivo Ashivudhi and Ester Beukes were among the 20 graduates from the Southern Africa academy.

Director of MultiChoice Southern Africa Holdings Nyiko Shiburi said the 20 students would be the first-ever graduates of the MultiChoice Talent Factory, which is aimed at supporting and encouraging excellence in filmmaking at the post-school education level.

“The MTF Academy students have been provided with skillsets to develop their talent, connect with industry professionals and tell authentic African stories through a comprehensive curriculum comprising theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in cinematography, editing, audio production and storytelling,” Shiburi added.

During the programme, MTF Academy students have produced television and film content that were premiered on the eve of their graduation at Ster-Kinekor, Manda Hill to 200 invited guests. The films will be aired on M-Net channels across the continent including Africa Magic, Maisha Magic East, Maisha Magic Bongo, Pearl Magic, Zambezi Magic, M-Net and SuperSport to reach African audiences on the DStv and GOtv platforms.

The films will also be available on the DStv Now app and on Showmax. The MTF students will leave the Southern Africa MultiChoice Talent Factory with the knowledge and skills to contribute professionally to Africa’s film and television industry. The keynote address was given by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Mr. Mabvuto Sakala who said

“From its inception, the MultiChoice Talent Factory has been a place of inspiration not only to the learners graduating today but to many that have walked into its doors and from different walks of life. This is the place where over 100 other filmmakers have gone through high-level master classes in cinematography, sound engineering, lighting and design and storytelling to enhance their skills. ”

In addition to the certificate of completion, seven awards were presented to deserving students who excelled in the programme. The graduates are Clarence Nyoni, Muchemwa Sinkala, Emmanuel Mwape, Jones Mvula, Mainala Silondwa, Racheal Mbewe and Joshua Kafumukache from Zambia, Sally Jason, Esther Beukes, Toivo Ashivudhi from Namibia, Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba, Jonathan Kapumba from Malawi, Serena Serene Mmifinyana, Nikita Mokgware from Botswana, Nobert Mapfoche, Rutendo Mahofa from Zimbabwe, Emanuel Gonçalves, Leandro Lima from Angola, Gerson Amaral and Ludmila Mero from Mozambique. MultiChoice Africa fully sponsored the students’ tuition, accommodation, and stipend for 12 months.