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New movie makers shine at Joburg Film Festival

Films produced by graduates of M-Net Magic in Motion (MiM) internship programme and the MultiChoice Talent Factory’s Academies (MTF) in East, West and Southern Africa are being shown at the Joburg Film Festival running until 24 November.

The films will be screened at a dedicated structure on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton and at Kings Theatre in Alexandra, at no cost. They include MiM films Themba LamMoratuwaUmqheleUnkosikazi WokuqalaMagenge andIsipho Sothando, as well as MTF East Africa Academy films Promises & Ensulo; MTF West Africa’s Life of Bim & Dreamchaser; and MTF Southern Africa’s Savannah Skies & The Painting.

Established in 2014, MiM is focused on transforming the South African film and TV industry by upskilling students and empowering them with substantial knowledge and experience in just 12 months. They are then equipped to embark on a career in their chosen field. Some have started their own production companies and produced award-winning content. 

Launched in May 2018 as part of MultiChoice Africa’s corporate shared value initiative, the MTF Academy is a 12 month-long, fully-funded training programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of film creatives. The Academy’s curriculum was tailored alongside MultiChoice Africa partner institutions, Pan-Atlantic University in Lekki, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, which will confer the course qualification upon completion of the Academy programme. In addition, The Henley Business School offers an orientation intervention to the students at the beginning and end of the programme.

Visit the next page to read about the graduates’ productions, with synopses.

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