MultiChoice Africa last week announced plans to start an academy for young up and coming filmmakers in a bid to develop the film and television industries.
Dubbed the MultiChoice Talent Factory, the academy will focus on positively impacting the technical and professional value chain in the film and television industry across the continent in a 12-month intensive training programme.
Three regional film academies located in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia with 20 students per region, will deliver 60 emerging filmmakers and creatives per annum.
Speaking at the Uganda launch held at their Kololo head office, MultiChoice Uganda chairman Steven Musoke said this initiative would give filmmakers the much- needed hands-on experience and add value plus skills to the industry.
“The graduates will contribute to both the local content and talent pool, producing films that will be showcased on local channels such as Maisha Magic East across the MultiChoice Africa platform,” he said. Filmmakers need to use the website http://multichoicetalentfactory.com in order to enter the competition.
Application is now open and ends on July 5 before the programme kicks off on October 1, 2018. Tina Wamala, the MultiChoice Uganda publicist, said the judges picking the finalist per country would be looking out for passion.
She said the online application portal will also become a database for African filmmakers and a good resource for those looking to collaborate on projects.
There will also be master classes for those who do not make it into the academy but have promising work, and they will be joined by established filmmakers looking to polish their skills.
Gerald Sserunjogi, the president of Uganda Film Producers Association said the academy was a welcome initiative that needs the support of the fraternity as it will develop the industry in the long run because it will be a pool of people hungry to do work in the film industry.