MultiChoice Talent Factory searches for 2023 cohort


MultiChoice Talent Factory has made a call for the fifth cohort of 60 aspiring film and TV content creators.

Applications opened on Monday, 9th May and will close on Friday, 3rd June 2022.

Prospectives can access and complete applications on their dedicated website with a warning that applications made outside of the website will not be considered. 

MultiChoice is looking for cohorts from Southern Africa, West Africa and East Africa to be part of the 12-month fully-funded programme Class of 2023.


The call is open to all emerging filmmakers with either some industry experience or a relevant post-school qualification, to apply for this exciting opportunity to hone their television and film production skills. 

The curriculum combines film studies such as directing, sound design, the business of film, to name a few with workplace experience on M-Net’s top productions.

MTF Director Nwabisa Matyumza said: “The continued support from stakeholders, partners and students has been overwhelming, and we couldn’t be more excited to have reached our fifth year as one of the MultiChoice Group’s leading initiatives directly investing in young African filmmakers,” 

Under the leadership of three new academy directors, this promises to be a landmark year for the MTF Academy programme. 

This year’s newly-appointed MTF academy directors are Atinuke Babatunde (West Africa hub), Victoria Goro (East Africa hub) and Christopher Puta (Southern Africa hub). 

MultiChoice Africa said committed to building and sustaining the training-to-employment pipeline within Africa’s film and TV industry. The MTF initiative also aims for a 60/40 split in favour of women since its inception. 

Coming in with 15 years of experience in audio and video production, Southern Africa Academy Director Christopher Puta believes that the growth of Africa’s film and TV industry starts with providing young people with the opportunity to produce quality content. 

“By equipping students with what it takes to be world-class film and TV professionals, the MTF Academy programme is effectively raising the next generation of African storytellers and historians.” he said. 

In addition to the hands-on training that all students will receive as part of the programme, they will also get enhanced training experience from the Academy partnerships, which include the New York Film Academy (NYFA), the Henley Business School, Dolby and Canon, among others.

Previous cohorts have also worked with the United Nations’ Verified campaign, and have pitched projects to Partners Against Piracy (PAP) and Creative Development on a climate change campaign.