Two budding local creatives Mphatso Makamo, 22, and Chisomo Livason, 24, will be Malawi’s flag carriers during the regional 2019 Multichoice Talent Factory (MTF).
The year-long programme, which takes place at the Zambian Institute of Mass Communication in Lusaka, aims at igniting Africa’s creative industry by training young African creatives and giving them hands-on industry experience.
The two Malawian creatives were selected out of 12 aspirants after rigorous interviews exercise and adjudication process which was led by the institution’s director Berry Lwando and Malawi’s award-winning filmmaker Charles Shemu Joyah.
MultiChoice Malawi public relations manager Priscilla Phisso, in an interview, said they are satisfied with the quality they have selected to represent Malawi during the 2019 MTF.
“We were looking for individuals with knowledge in the production of movies, someone with passion in production and someone who is willing to invest in themselves by expanding their knowledge in the film production industry,” she said.
Phisso said the two are expected to depart on October 7 to join their colleagues from Southern African countries such as Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique.
The MTF is going into its second year after its inauguration last year, when it attracted 20 aspiring creatives drawn from seven southern African countries.
Makamo and Livason are following in the footsteps of Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba and Jonathan Kapumba who represented Malawi at the inaugural cohort of the talent academy. In separate interviews, the two indicated that they are ready for the task ahead of them.
Makamo said: “From my days at school, I have always been passionate about theatre. So, I am extremely excited because it feels like I am taking the first step to a dream that I have held for so long.”
For Livason, the MTF opportunity will cement his already growing reputation in film production. In 2017, he won the Ngwazizazikazi contest organised by Unesco. In 2018, he was the local winner of the Australian Nova Focus On Ability Short Film Festival.
“I want to enhance my production skills in areas of shooting technics and editing,” he said.