MultiChoice is calling all aspiring young film & TV creatives to apply for the MTF Academy

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MultiChoice is calling all aspiring young film & TV creatives to apply for the MTF Academy on . The Call for Entry will close on July 05 2018.

The three-part initiative kicks off with launch of regional academies in Kenya, Nigeria & Zambia.

Today MultiChoice Africa, the continent’s leading video entertainment services provider, announced a bold new Pan-African social investment initiative – the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) – aimed at igniting and growing Africa’s creative industries into vibrant, economic centres.

“The African development story has long been defined by investment in the vast mineral wealth on the continent, leaving our creative industries to fend for themselves on the fringes of economic development for far too long. As a result, the film and television industry had not developed at the same rate as other industries on the continent, albeit not for a lack of talent, passion or imagination,” said Brand De Villiers, CEO of MultiChoice Africa.

“We are abundantly blessed in these areas, however, the space given for this expression has at best been limited and at worst, been relegated to the fringes of the mainstream economy, leaving in its wake, unfulfilled dreams, unexplored talent and unwritten stories. As an African business, MultiChoice, together with our valued partners and stakeholders across the continent, have collaborated to make a positive socio-economic impact in the communities in which we live and work through the MultiChoice Talent Factory initiative.”

For over two decades, MultiChoice has been committed to investing in the development of original African programming and showcasing it on DStv across 49 sub-Saharan African countries. The launch of MTF forms part of the company’s new strategy of furthering this investment through creating shared value by using its core business resources, people, skills and networks to affect a positive change in society that yields benefits for the business and society.
The MTF initiative will deliver three touchpoints that launch throughout the year, the MTF Academies, MTF Masterclasses and the MTF Portal. The first to launch will be the MTF Academy, a 12-month educational programme aimed at furnishing 60 deserving, young, talented people who want to work and innovate in film and television production.
The MTF Academy students will be provided with skillsets 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. The programme will take place at three regional MTF Academies based in Kenya for East Africa, Nigeria for West Africa and Zambia for South African countries and will be overseen by acclaimed local film and TV industry experts, Academy Directors: Ms Njoki Muhoho in the Eastern Hub; Mr Femi Odugbemi in the Western Hub and Mr Berry Lwando in the Southern Hub.
“Filmmaking knowledge and skills that translate into enhanced livelihood, is what our youth in the creative industry desire,” said Muhoho, MTF Academy Director for East Africa. She added: “The MultiChoice Talent Factory is a response to this outcry. MTF is a 12-month long filmmaking bootcamp where the student will be taken on an experiential and practical film-making journey that will result in a highly competent graduate, that is passionate, employable and an entrepreneurial filmmaker. My role is to be a catalyst to this process.”
“I am truly delighted to be a part of this great African renaissance, one that will not only tap into Africa’s talent but grow talent by upskilling our youth so that they can grow our creative industries.” said Lwando, MTF Academy Director for Southern Africa. Lwando continued to say; “This is part of a game changing-era in which creative and productive skills will be developed to enable local content be produced and compete with the best across any genre. For Southern Africa, the MultiChoice Talent Factory answers the questions of training and advancement in film production we have asked for a long time and provides us the local content solution we have desired. Nothing can be more rewarding to our creative industries.”
MTF Academy Director for West Africa, Femi Odugbemi commented that; “Professional training is key to success in any occupation. We need interventions like the MTF so that emerging filmmakers are better equipped in the creative processes that has scholarship and technology at its foundation. “We must consciously build capacity so that our next-generation filmmakers and producers can also create wealth and create employment by being entrepreneurs as well.”
During the course of the programme, MTF Academy students will produce television and film content that will be aired on our 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 DStv. Upon graduation from the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy, the MTF student will leave the Academy with the knowledge and skills to contribute professionally to the film and television industry.
MultiChoice is calling all aspiring young film and TV creatives to apply for the MTF Academy from Wednesday, 30 May 2018, on the webiste: www.multichoicetalentfactory.com. The call for entry will close on Thursday, 5 July. The 60 post-school MTF students (20 for each region) – will be selected from *13 African countries where MultiChoice operates -will have an exciting opportunity to hone their television and film production skills in the company of industry experts during the year-long programme that will begin on 01 October 2018.

The African continent is steeped in a rich and diverse history of living passionately through language, art, music and colourful storytelling. As the continent continues to change rapidly, the entertainment industry has become ever more relevant. MultiChoice Africa has identified an opportunity in this fast changing environment – one that will leave a lasting impact on the creative industry as a whole.

In 2018, the company established the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), a social investment initiative aimed at igniting Africa’s creative industries and growing them into vibrant, economic powerhouses. As a business born and bred in Africa, we have a long term commitment to making a socio-economic difference and creating shared value in the countries in which we operate. As such, we launched the MTF to positively impact the technical and professional value chain in the film and television industry across the continent. Established in partnership with stakeholders across the continent, MTF aims at providing the creative industries with a platform to learn and develop their talent, engage and connect with each other through their shared passions across three touchpoints which include the MTF Academy.

The MTF Academy is a tailored 12-month training programme facilitated at regional academies based in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia, headed by industry experts as Academy Directors. Working hand-in-hand with local creative organisations, regulatory and government partners across the continent, MultiChoice uses its people, facilities and network to provide young emerging filmmakers with the skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications to help the MTF graduates launch a successful career within the creative industry. Through the MTF, MultiChoice Africa will cement its commitment to enriching lives by developing the art of inspired local storytelling and story making while simultaneously growing local content on our DStv and GOtv platforms and ultimately continue showcasing Africa’s rich cultural heritage and diversity across our local channels including SuperSport, M-Net, Africa Magic, Maisha Magic East, Maisha Magic Bongo and Zambezi Magic.



  1. MultiChoice is inviting eligible applicants to apply for the MultiChoice Talent Factory film skills development programme. The MTF Academy offers eligible applicants who are passionate about telling their own stories a unique opportunity to improve their skills and ultimately contribute to the growth of the local and pan African film and broadcasting industries.
  1. The MTF Academy initiative will operate in Lagos, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Nairobi, Republic of Kenya and Lusaka, Republic of Zambia for 12 months, with a production break to be determined by MultiChoice at its sole discretion
  1.  Interpretation

    In this document, the following terms shall have the definitions set out below:

    1. “Closing Date and Time” means 17h00 on 5 July 2018;
    2. “Intellectual Property Rights” means any and all rights, title and interest in and to past and future copyright, patents, production rights, performance rights, rights in and to scripts, utility models, trademarks, trade names, service marks, designs, databases, graphics, icons, semi-conductor topography, know-how, trade secrets and inventions (whether patentable or not), goodwill and all other intellectual property as may exist anywhere in the world;
    3. “MTF Academy” means the MultiChoice Talent Factory skills development programme;
    4. “MultiChoice” or “us” means MultiChoice group of companies, including our partners, promoters and sponsors and any other person involved with the MTF Academy;
    5. “Production” means “production” as the term is generally understood in the film and entertainment industry including, without limitation, scripting, cinematography, sound, editing, set design, directing and casting; and
    6. “Works” means any story outlines, treatments and scripts or other outputs produced during the course of each participant’s participation in the MTF Academy.
  1.  Eligibility
    1.  Unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by MultiChoice, the MTF Academy is not open to:
      1. directors, members, partners, agents, employees or consultants of MultiChoice;
      2. the spouses, life partners, business partner or associate, or the natural or adopted parent, child, or sibling, of any of the persons specified in clause 4.1.1 above; and
      3. a permanent resident residing in any of the countries specified in 4.3.2 below.
    2.  Eligibility criteria

      To be eligible to participate in the MTF Academy, applicants must:

      1. have a qualification from a registered and/or recognised post-secondary education institution as set out in clause 4.3.5 below; and/or
      2. have experience in the film industry.
    3.  Qualified applicants

      Applicants who hold a qualification must:

      1. be over 18 years of age;
      2. be citizens and residents of the countries from which they are selected by MultiChoice to participate in the MTF Academy initiative, namely Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
      3. be fluent in English in terms of speaking, reading and writing;
      4. demonstrate passion for the drama, film, television or related media and entertainment industry during selection interviews; and
      5. have completed a relevant qualification from an accredited and/or recognised tertiary education institution in drama, film, television or a related media field, within the last 2 years. For the avoidance of doubt, the said qualification must be obtained only from a post-secondary education institution which has been accredited or recognised by a relevant registered institution.
    4.  Applicants with relevant experience

      Applicants who have experience in the drama, film, television or related media and entertainment industry and who do not hold a qualification from an accredited and/or recognised tertiary institution will be considered for admission to the MTF Academy if they:

      1. meet the requirements stipulated in clauses 4.3.1 to 4.3.4 above;
      2. have the highest secondary school qualification as recognised in the countries where they completed their secondary education;
      3. not more than 2 years’ work experience in the drama, film, television or related media and entertainment fields;
      4. are able to demonstrate knowledge and passion for the drama, film, television or related media and entertainment fields as indicated in clause 3.4; and
      5. possess the foundational technical skills in the fundamentals of Production as determined by MultiChoice in its sole discretion.
  1.  How to apply
    1. If you are driven, committed to developing your skills and interested in participating in the MTF Academy and meet the eligibility criteria set out in either clauses 4.2, 4.3 or clause 4.4, then:
      1. you must register on the MTF Academy website at multichoicetalentfactory.com;
      2. correctly and fully complete the online application form;
      3. write an online a motivation letter; and
      4.  collate and electronically submit all of the relevant supporting documents listed below:
        1. your curriculum vitae; including contactable references
        2. certified copy of academic transcripts or certificate from a tertiary institution; and/or
      5. You may also be required to provide references or any other documents that MultiChoice may stipulate.
      6. Your application must be submitted online by no later than the Closing Date and Time.
  1.  Terms and conditions for applying
    1.  By applying to participate in the MTF Academy, you agree to the following terms and conditions:
      1. it is your responsibility to ensure that the completed entry form together with all the relevant supporting documents are submitted online to the MTF Academy portal by the Closing Date. MultiChoice will not be responsible for any electronic or other failure that results in your application not reaching us before the Closing Date;
      2. you consent to your data being processed and/or shared across borders by MultiChoice for purposes of the skills development programme and acknowledge the possible risks of your data being processed and/or shared;
      3. any costs or expenses which you may incur in obtaining the entry form and submitting your application and/or attending an interview, including but not limited to transport costs, airtime or data usage are for your personal cost;
      4. for the duration of your participation in the MTF Academy, you will be responsible to secure a place of residence and disclose such details to MultiChoice;
      5. MultiChoice will not consider late applications, regardless of the reason for the late submission;
      6. MultiChoice will not consider incomplete application forms including the application forms that are not accompanied by all the requisite supporting documents;
      7. it is your responsibility to ensure that the information you provide to us is accurate, true, complete and up to date;
      8. you agree to MultiChoice conducting a criminal record check and confirming your qualifications previous education and/or experience;
      9. MultiChoice may ask you to provide it with such additional information and documentation as it may reasonably require in order to consider your application. If you refuse to provide this information within the timeframes provided, this may negatively affect your application;
      10. if you are shortlisted, you will be required to attend an interview at your own cost at a location which will be determined by MultiChoice. The interview will be either face-to-face, telephone or via video depending on logistical factors; and
      11. MultiChoice’s decision in the selection of successful applicants is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No quotas or the like will apply in the selection process.
    2. MultiChoice reserves the right to vary, postpone, suspend, expand, limit, cancel and/or terminate the MTF Academy, or any aspects thereof, at any time, for any reason whatsoever, upon notice to you. In the event of such variation, postponement, suspension, expansion, limitation, cancellation and/or termination, we will endeavour to provide you with as much prior notice as possible and you agree to waive any rights that you have and acknowledge that you will have no recourse whatsoever against MultiChoice.
    3.  MultiChoice does not make any representations or give any warranties, whether expressly or implicitly, that:
      1. you will be shortlisted or proceed to any particular stage of the selection process;
      2. any production that you work on will be broadcast; and/or
      3. you will be employed by MultiChoice or any other entity on completion of your skills development programme.
    4. On successful completion of the MTF Academy, you will be awarded an accredited qualification by a local institution in Nigeria, Kenya or Zambia depending on where you attend the MTF Academy.
    5. Should you wish to terminate or stop attending the MTF Academy at any time for whatever reason, you will not qualify for any benefits under the MTF Academy or the agreement and you will not be awarded a qualification.
  1.  Additional conditions applicable to successful applicants

    Successful applicants:

    1. shall be required to be in possession of a valid passport;
    2. shall be required to participate in the MTF Academy and enter into an agreement for the 12-month academic and skills development programme at a location as advised by MultiChoice;
    3. agree to be bound by, and comply with, the terms and conditions of the skills development agreement and any production or other agreements that may be required to be concluded from time to time, and any rules, policies, code of conduct or other regulations applicable in relation to the MTF Academy;
    4. must be willing to relocate to Lagos, Lusaka or Nairobi (as the case may be) for the full 12-month period of the MTF Academy programme;
    5. may not be employed elsewhere for the duration of the MTF Academy programme. For the avoidance of doubt, a successful applicant must not be a party to any oral and/or written agreement (as the case may) that has, or may have, a negative or adverse impact on his/her involvement with, or participation in, the MTF Academy;
    6. must accept and sign a waiver and indemnity and such other form(s), documents and/or agreements as may be required by MultiChoice from time to time;
    7. must, on the commencement date of the skills development programme, possess whatever documents and permissions that may be required in order to attend the MTF Academy, including holding a valid passport and meeting the VISA or immigration requirements of the various country authorities for the duration of their participation in the MTF Academy;
    8. must be willing to work under pressure, and accommodate the irregular hours often demanded by the media industry;
    9. must be willing to undergo assessments, including psychometric assessments, as determined by MultiChoice from time to time;
    10. must successfully complete the relevant skills development programme, including all assessments, to meet the minimum requirements of the relevant qualification offered through the MTF Academy; and
    11. must be willing to assign to MultiChoice or any third party nominated by MultiChoice, all Intellectual Property Rights in and to any Work, idea, or any part thereof, created and/or developed by them during the course of the MTF Academy programme, and to waive all rights arising under any laws relating to copyright, patents, trademarks or other Intellectual Property Rights. In this regard, successful applicants acknowledge that the ownership of the copyright, for the duration of the copyright and any renewals thereof, in and to the Works and the production of the cinematographic films and ancillary rights, shall vest exclusively in MultiChoice. Accordingly, MultiChoice will have the right to exhibit, distribute and exploit the production via all forms of television, however delivered now or in the future and to any device.


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