Entries open for the 2022 MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy

Eligible graduates who are passionate about telling their own stories are encouraged to apply for the film skills development programme and stand a chance to have a unique opportunity to improve their abilities and ultimately contribute to the growth of the local and pan African film and broadcasting industries.

Now approaching its eighth year, MTF South Africa is a 12-month long industry readiness programme that affords the opportunity to learn from some of the leading Industry experts in the country, while acquiring valuable experience in directing, producing, cinematography, commissioning, art direction and many other skills.

“The MTF Academy is our commitment to the future of our industry and gives young Africans the chance to hone their television and film production skills through a world-class training programme. After so many successful years, we’re proud to announce a new call to entry to and look forward to meeting the next generation of African film makers,”

says Bobby Heaney, Director of MultiChoice Talent Factory South Africa Academy.

The programme has three pillars:

  • MTF South Africa Academy– a one year internship academy for university graduates from qualifying institutions who meet the academic qualifying criteria.
  • MTF South Africa Scriptwriting Incubator– a one year programme for budding scriptwriters. This programme is not limited to university graduates.
  • MTF South Africa Bursary Programme– Full one year tuition for second year or higher university students from qualifying institutions who meet the academic and the financial need criteria will be considered.

The MTF Academy was established in 2014 and has been instrumental in helping transform the South African film and TV industry by upskilling students and empowering them with substantial knowledge and experience in just 12 months.

Collen Dlamini, Group Executive of Corporate Affairs at MultiChoice, adds:

“The MultiChoice Talent Factory South Africa continues to ignite Africa’s creative industries, with alumni working on M-Net and Showmax productions and the list keeps growing. This talent is helping us to realise the vision of taking African stories to the world, and the type of training they get broadens their skillset and allows them to be economically active in various sectors, not only the film industry. This is exactly what the industry needs and why MTF was launched. As Africa’s most loved storyteller our commitment is not only to tell authentic African stories but to also invest in them.”

To date, 86 students have been trained through the Academy and are making their mark in the video entertainment industry. About 24 Mzansi Magic movies have been produced by participants of this programme and more than 20 graduates have started their own production companies, including: A tribe called story, Eccentric Circus, Beyond Black, Seamless Cut, Zethu’s Tales and Channel Up.

To apply, download and complete the application which needs to be submitted on 28 February by 12pm with all supporting documents.

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