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Namibian students graduate from MultiChoice Talent Factory

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Three Namibian students from a total of 60 across Africa, on Tuesday successfully graduated from the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) programme, after completing an intensive online New York Film Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA). The students completed the […]

Three Namibian students from a total of 60 across Africa, on Tuesday successfully graduated from the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) programme, after completing an intensive online New York Film Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA).

The students completed the three-week online course which was extended from 12 to 18 months due to the pandemic and walked away with two qualifications, which include their MTF qualification, and an equally illustrious qualification from the prestigious NYFA.

MultiChoice Group General Entertainment and Connected Services Chief Executive Officer, Yolisa Phahle while speaking at the virtual graduation ceremony said Africans are natural-born storytellers.

“Today we are here to celebrate the second cohort who were dealt a heavy blow by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the challenge seems to have brought on even greater opportunities.

Phahle noted that everyone involved in ensuring that these students became graduates, should feel proud because it has been fulfilling to see just how in-tune the next generation of African storytellers are with the importance of being multi-skilled and intuitive creatives,” she said.

“All this would not have been possible without the collaboration and commitment of our fantastic partners,” Phahle said.

In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, MTF alumni Riejhaat Wolhuter said he applied for the programme because he wants to help grow the Namibian film industry.

“I saw the programme as an opportunity to show more of Namibia to the world. By being a part of MTF I had more leverage and through that put Namibia on the map,” he said.

He noted that the MTF programme taught him about the business aspect of production and how to deliver bigger production materials.

“The world is now my oyster. With the training, we gained access to a wider network within the industry allowing us to pitch to the industry players like DStv, Showmax, and Netflix,” he said.

The other two alumni are Hilma Sheehama and Shona Ngava.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

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