The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Masterclasses as part of the MTF Academy’s tailor-made curriculum have kicked off effective today to May 19th by leading African and international film & TV industry experts across Africa.
Open to industry professionals across 13 countries including; Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, the focus this year is on Documentary, Film making, Lighting, Sound, Directing of Actors, Multi-camera, Production Management, and the Business of Film.
“Based on the success of 2019’s inaugural MTF Masterclasses, it was important to continue the second touch point of MTF shared-value initiative, to reinforce MultiChoice Africa’s long-term commitment to igniting Africa’s creative industries,” MultiChoice Africa Group Executive Head of Corporate Affairs, Reatile Tekateka said in a press statement.
The Masterclasses workshops are part of the MTF Academy’s philosophy of upskilling and training industry professionals in the telling of authentic African stories.
They provide MTF Academy students and industry professionals an exclusive opportunity for the sharing of knowledge and networking with highly specialized industry experts.
This year’s Masterclasses will feature in-depth instruction from experts including award winning veteran South African director & producer; Bobby Heaney, Kenyan Film & TV producer; Appie Matere, South African director; Denny Miller who will share their expertise in; Multicamera Techniques, Production Management, and Directing Actors respectively.
In addition, Christian Epps who’s work is featured in notable American films and TV shows such as the 2014 historic Martin Luther King Jr., Selma, Middle of Nowhere, and upcoming HBO TV series Lovecraft Country, will share his expertise in Lighting and Camera.
Among other highly anticipated MTF Masterclasses is Cinematography presented by celebrated Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani. The DOLBY Masterclass will also feature prominently in the 2020 line-up, in response to the oversubscribed and highly popular Dolby Masterclasses last year.
“It has always been important for us as MultiChoice to use our influence to play a positive role in Africa by supporting the growth of Africa’s creative industries into sustainable, vibrant, economic hubs,” said Tekateka.
She added that with MTF Academy partners including; the New York Film Academy, DOLBY, Nihilent, Fox Portugal, Miramar, TV Record and Jasco Solutions, “we continue to grow the MTF initiative and programmes across the continent.”