MultiChoice Zimbabwe staff, media representatives, film-makers and other guests were recently treated to a premiere screening of Savannah Skies, the first film to come out of the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy initiative.
In addition to the film, the guests were treated to entertainment from the award-winning NotetoetoN choir and popular musician Mbeu. One of the Zimbabwean students who participated in the creation of Savannah Skies, Nobert Mapfoche, was present and told the audiences of his experience at the academy and in the film-making project.
MultiChoice Zimbabwe publicity and public relations manager Liz Dziva welcomed guests to the screening and said the film was a consequence of the investment in the MTF concept by MultiChoice Africa.
“It is really exciting to be able to screen Savannah Skies this evening, as this is tangible proof that investment into the creation and extension of talent and skills pays off, and that the commitment to doing this by MultiChoice is working.
“This is a film that was created by students from the first year of the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy in Lusaka, which included two Zimbabweans. In addition to the theoretical training they receive in this course, students work together to create work on film, and this film is the result of such a collaboration.
“The MTF Academies in Lusaka, Nairobi and Lagos are turning out professionals whom we hope will fit immediately into the continent’s film and television production industry, thereby increasing the pool of skills and talent and, we hope, helping to boost the quality and quantity of production coming out of each and every African country, including Zimbabwe.
“It is my hope that this initiative will be one that has a massive and ongoing impact on the industry across Africa and will help give local content capacity an additional boost.”