Entertainment - Featured - December 29, 2020

MTF set to flare up the African film industry

By Amanda Jojo

MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) recently introduced an academy as an initiative to offer comprehensive programs of study so as to increase the number of filmmakers in Africa.

The Academy was initiated in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Talent Factory’s ground-breaking corporate shared value initiative, the MTF academy is a 12-month, fully funded training programme aimed at training the next generation of Africa’s filmmakers.

BusinessMail Showbiz reporter Amanda Jojo (AJ) had an exclusive interview with one of the successful applicants of MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy Southern Africa Nelson Madzima who is a Zimbabwean (NM) who shared his journey as a student at the academy

AJ: Tell us a bit about yourself.

NM: I am a 24-year old, self-taught creative that works in the film and television industry, as well as the music industry, mainly in the post-production post.

AJ: How did you become part of the MultiChoice Talent Factory?

NM: I went through the application and audition processes.  I was fortunate enough to be chosen to be a representative of the country at the academy.

AJ: Filming is a broad concept, there are scriptwriters, actors, and directors you name it. What role did you audition for?

NM: I wouldn’t say role per se. I just highlighted the fact that I am a video editor.

AJ: The main mandate of MultiChoice Talent Factory is to create a platform for showing the diversity and rich culture through storytelling. How has been the experience so far?

NM: It has been challenging to say the least. Learning the intricacies of production in a more hands-on environment has been a very positive aspect of the experience.

AJ: How do you intend to pass on what you have learned at the MultiChoice Talent Factory so as to make an impact in the local arena?

NM: The goal is to work on productions that are characteristic of fresh ideas and give a better outlook of the African continent to the rest of the world.

AJ: How has the academy impacted you?

NM: It has been an enlightenment journey, on how the industry works and on how to network effectively so that you can create opportunities for yourself.

AJ: What is your take on the future of arts in Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole, in regards to filming of course?

NM: There are a lot of aspects of culture and stories that are yet to be explored in the sector. It is an impetus to all those who are in the arts to bring these issues and stories to the forefront of the industry.

AJ: Your network is your net worth. What has been the importance of networking in relation to your experiences at the academy?

NM: It is indeed an integral part of the process of filmmaking. That is how you find opportunities to work on different sets and in different environments. It is how you build connections with various stakeholders and harness relationships that can propel you to the next level. They are vital and essential to one’s longevity in the industry.

AJ: Lastly, any words of advice to the young creative struggling to mark their presence on the map of creativity?

NM: Hone in your craft, let your work speak for you, and do not be afraid to start from the bottom.

The class of 2019-2020 started on 1 October 2019 however due to the challenges owed to the COVID-19 pandemic they were not able to complete the academy within the slated 12 months.

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