Lorato Orapeleng and Masego Mohwasa, the winners of the MultiChoice Talent Factory returned to the country earlier this year due to the worldwide pandemic. The two young women embarked on their trip to Lusaka, Zambia after winning in 2019, so as to interact and learn about film and television from the best in Africa.
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According to MultiChoice Africa, the organization's role is to showcase Africa’s diversity and rich culture through the continent’s deep-rooted storytelling history. The African entertainment industry is at the core of who we are and what we do. The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) is a shared-value initiative that provides a platform for the creative industries to develop their talent and engage with one another through their shared passions. This initiative has a multi-tiered approach, namely; the MTF Portal, the MTF Academies and MTF Industry Masterclasses. MTF Masterclasses are “Best in Class” workshops which are open to industry professionals and facilitated by industry experts. The Masterclasses aim to further develop the technical skills of industry creatives in cinematography, audio and storytelling in order to improve the quality of local productions.
Both Lorato and Masego stressed the importance of branding our local identity when creating our productions and they plan to return to Zambia in 2021 to complete their MultiChoice Talent Factory film productions and ultimately graduate in order to achieve this.
“Many film industries tell stories that are authentic to the people and the audiences they represent. We as Batswana need to ensure that we identify our own unique brand when we tell our stories. This is how we will distinguish ourselves and capture audiences in the same way that Nollywood and Bollywood have captured their audiences,”
In the meantime, they are both working on individual productions which they plan to pitch to DStv channels upon completion of their masterclasses in Lusaka.
NOW! TV, Channel Head Gao Kwalate had this to say about the government-funded channel.
“Since 2019 when we launched on DStv, we have been able to have our local content reach more audiences in Botswana, which is critical for the growth and improvement of our creative industry. We look forward to working hand-in-hand with MultiChoice Botswana and the MultiChoice Talent Factory to create localized learning experiences for the creative industry so that we can see our industry grow to a standard relevant to the rest of the region.”
We can't wait for them to kick-off again.
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