In Lagos, over 3,000 aspiring filmmakers have applied for the Multichoice pan-african initiative for film and TV industry.
3,100 entries have been received at the inaugural edition of the Multichoice Talent Factory, MTF, Multichoice Africa has revealed.
The entries for the MTF, which is aimed at growing Africa’s creative industries, was made known in a statement by the media company on Thursday, August 2, 2018 in Lagos.
In the statement, Multichoice Africa noted that the regional interviews and the screening process to select twenty of the most noteworthy candidates for the MTF Academy have begun.
The MTF Academy, a 12-month educational programme, is aimed at furnishing 60 young and talented people, who want to work in film and television production.
The MTF Academy students will be provided with skill sets 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.
The MTF Academy's yearlong training is scheduled to commence on October 1, 2018.
Femi Odugbemi speaks on MultiChoice Talent Factory
The West African Director, MultiChoice Talent Factory, Femi Odugbemi has given his take on why the academy and the programme are of essence to the next generation of filmmakers.
Odugbemi said, “The next generation must understand that as filmmakers, they are the historians of the modern age. We’ve got to have great filmmakers who are willing to take on big themes and unearth untold stories and all of that requires us to be deliberate about how we mentor the next generation. [We] have to be very deliberate that the next generation will simply not tell stories uneducated.”
The MTF initiative will deliver three touchpoints: the MTF academies, Masterclasses and the MTF Portal. The programme will take place at three regional MTF Academies based in Nigeria for West Africa, Kenya for East Africa and Zambia for Southern African countries and will be overseen by acclaimed local film and TV industry experts.