Four Ghanaian filmmakers have been selected to partake in the 12-month training programme for the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy.

Edmund Kobby Asamoah, Henry Konadu Denkyira, Irene Dumevi Yaamoakoa and Patience Esiawonam Adisenu will represent Ghana at the Nigeria-based MTF Academy from 1 October. 

MultiChoice Africa will sponsor the students’ tuition, accommodation and stipend for the duration of their training in Lagos.

They are part of the 60 hopefuls who have been chosen to be the first students of the MTF Academy.

The candidates were chosen after a two-months-long process of shortlisting candidates from over 3000 entries from 13 countries in Africa.

This was followed by a rigorous interview and adjudication process by a group of film and television industry experts and regional Academy Directors.

The 20 future filmmakers from West Africa were selected based on their industry related qualifications and skills, as well as their passion to narrate Africa’s unique stories.

Students will be provided with skillsets to develop their talent, connect with industry professionals and tell authentic African stories through a comprehensive curriculum. 

This will comprise theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in cinematography, editing, audio production and storytelling.

“From the thousands of applications received, it’s evident that there’s a strong desire to learn from and work with other African creatives," said film director and producer Femi Odugbemi, who will spearhead the MTF Academy hub in Nigeria. 

He added that not only will MTF be a springboard to a career in the entertainment industry, but "it will also create a closely-knit community of African professionals with a willingness to narrate Africa’s stories to the world.”

During the programme, students will produce television and film content that will be aired on our local M-Net channels across the MultiChoice platform on the DStv and GOtv platforms.

“As a company that is deeply rooted in Ghana, we understand that many young, aspiring filmmakers have the capacity to learn and strengthen their skillset to give back to their communities but may not be financially equipped to do so," Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana said.

"The MultiChoice Talent Factory focuses on making sure that those gems are nurtured, and their talent developed to contribute meaningfully to Africa’s creative industry,” he added.