It was a case of top talent identifying new talent when two leading Zimbabwean filmmakers, including ICAPA director Tsitsi Dangarembga, helped MultiChoice Africa find newcomers to the world of film and television production.


MultiChoice Talent Factory is a new initiative that gives a helping hand to young African talent from across the continent, leading them into gainful employment in the industry. The initiative sees the creation of three academies in key sites, each hosting 20 students from around the continent into a journey of learning, experience and hopefully…ultimate career success.

A glamorous event at Sam Levy’s Village in Harare with a screening of ICAPA’s festival hit IN MY FATHER’S VILLAGE introduced Multichoice’s latest initiative.

A call to young continental filmmakers led to interviews with all prospective students, and to selection of 20 prodigies respectively for each of the academies in West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Rutendo Mahofa (Harare) and Nobert Mapfoche (Bulawayo) were the successful Zimbabwean students, who outshone hundreds of other southern African hopefuls and are now atending the Southern African academy, situated in Lusaka, Zambia, a location chosen as being the most suitable for the one-year programme of learning and practical activity.

The adjudicating panel included Lusaka academy director Berry Lwando, a seasoned Zambian industry operative, assisted by Tsitsi Dangarembga and Ben Mahaka, two well-known professionals in the Zimbabwean production industry.

“All nine applicants in our shortlist for the MultiChoice Talent factory were absolutely awesome, leading to much debate for the final pick. Thanks to MultiChoice for unleashing this talent.”- Tsitsi Dangarembga

‘I am blown away at the calibre of young Zimbabwean men and women who competed for a place in the MultiChoice Talent Factory. The future looks bright for our film industry.”- Ben Mahaka