Namibian film students doing fine

07 December 2018 | Art and Entertainment

The three local MultiChoice Talent Factory representatives Ester Beukes, Toivo Ashivudhi and Sally Jason are performing exceptionally well.

It is only three months into the 12-month programme and MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) academy director Berry Lwando has nothing but praise for the local representatives. Speaking to tjil at the recent DStv Viewers' Choice Awards, Lwando says the Namibian students are a delight to work with. He described each of the students' characters with enthusiasm.

“Sally is a leader, a person who wants to go places. She has great ideas; we even implemented one of them. I learn something from her each day,” he said as he described the 26-year-old radio presenter.

The director depicted 24-year-old Ester as the kind of person who likes everything she is involved with to be organised and in order. He further said she is a determined individual who likes to be on top of her game. Lwando spoke about the only male student Toivo who was specially selected for the programme as someone who is determined and humble.

“Toivo was selected because he is so talented but he didn't have time to put his skills into practise in Namibia. We are seeing so much from him but we hope to see more. He specialises in music genre production style,” he said.

Upon their return to Namibia, the students will be expected to apply what they learned in their industries. Lwando further said that the students are being trained in such a way that they will not look at the absence of equipment or financial support but will be able to use what they have.

“They will be fully groomed professionals who will not take no for an answer, who will be able to look at an absence of something as an opportunity and they will propel the Namibian industry to the next level,” he said.

The training programme is rolled out in partnership with stakeholders across the continent and provides the creative industries with a platform to learn and develop their talent, and engage and connect with each other through their shared passions. According to Lwando, the 20 candidates will be provided with skillsets to develop their talent, connect with industry professionals and tell authentic African stories through their 12-month training.

“The MultiChoice Talent Factory is committed to empowering young filmmakers and enriching the video broadcasting industry, and the academy is our key to doing this and addressing the numerous gaps across the region. “We believe that given an opportunity, an empowered new generation of filmmakers and TV professionals will rise to take their place at the forefront of local creative industries, producing the very best of local African content for our customers,” Lwando added.

June Shimuoshili

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