Four Ghanaian filmmakers have made it to the first edition of the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy (MTF).
The candidates were chosen after a two-month process selecting candidates from over 3,000 entries spanning 13 countries.
The four are Edmund Kobby Asamoah, Henry Konadu Denkyira, Irene Dumevi Yaamoakoa and Patience Esiawonam Adisenu.
They will represent Ghana for a year at the Nigeria-based MTF Academy from October 1.
According to MultiChoice, the four were selected based on their industry- related qualifications and skills, as well as their passion to narrate Africa’s unique stories.
MultiChoice Africa will sponsor the students’ tuition, accommodation and stipend for the duration of their training in Lagos.
The MTF Academy students will be provided with tuition 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.
Film Director and Producer Femi Odugbemi who will spearhead the West Africa MTF Academy hub in Nigeria said, “From the thousands of applications received, it’s evident that there’s a strong desire to learn from and work with other African creatives.
“Not only will the MultiChoice Talent Factory be a springboard to a career in the entertainment industry, it will also create a closely knit community of African professionals with a willingness to narrate Africa’s stories to the world.”
During the programme, MTF Academy students will produce television and film content that will be aired on local M-Net channels across the MultiChoice platform, including Africa Magic, Maisha Magic East, Maisha Magic Bongo, Zambezi Magic, M-Net and SuperSport, to reach African audiences on the DStv and GOtv platforms.
“As a company that is deeply rooted in Ghana, we understand that many young, aspiring filmmakers have the capacity to learn and strengthen their skillset to give back to their communities but may not be financially equipped to do so.
“The MultiChoice Talent Factory focuses on making sure that those gems are nurtured, and their talents developed to contribute meaningfully to Africa’s creative industry,” the General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana Cecil Sunkwa Mills, said.