Thursday, April 18, 2019

MultiChoice's MultiChoice Talent Factory film internship programme in Africa partners with the New York Film Academy to help train emerging filmmakers.

In a big step forward for upskilling Africa's young and emerging filmmaking talent, MultiChoice's recently-launched MultiChoice Talent Factory film academy has partnered with the New York Film Academy (NYFA) that will help with training and opportunities for students as part of a groundbreaking collaboration.

While M-Net runs the M-Net Magic in Motion Academy film academy programme in South Africa, MultiChoice extended it into the rest of Africa in 2018 with the MultiChoice Talent Factory running three film school internship programmes in Zambia for Southern Africa, Kenya for East Africa and in Nigeria for West Africa.

MultiChoice says that the endorsement of the MultiChoice Talent Factory by the New York Film Academy confirms the film school's continued efforts to empowering and developing filmmakers.

"This groundbreaking collaboration speaks to our commitment to partnering with industry experts such as the New York Film Academy to promote and protect the growth of Africa’s creative industries,” says Cheryl Uys-Allie, MultiChoice Talent Factory director.

"Our East Africa academy director, Njoki Muhoho is a NYFA alumni, having studied filmmaking at the Los Angeles campus and we’re excited to be collaborating with the New York Film Academy in being able to offer incredible opportunities to our students and the sector as a whole."

Jim Miller, New York Film Academy vice president, says "The New York Film Academy is honored to be a part of the enrichment, development, and fostering of storytellers across Africa, a continent steeped in a rich history of dynamic, creative and passionate visual and performing artists".

"Over the years, NYFA has been privileged to have hosted hundreds of students from dozens of African nations, many who have found outstanding success in their national industries when they returned home."

"This MTF and NYFA collaboration is a natural extension of our commitment to help bolster the skills of talented African storytellers."