The films nominated are Life of Bim (West Africa), DreamChaser (West Africa), Ensulo (East Africa), Promises (East Africa), Savannah Skies (Southern Africa) and The Painting (Southern Africa), which were produced by students of MTF’s class of 2019 and culminated the 12-month immersion programme, aimed at developing the next generation of African film and TV creatives.
The two West African MTF films nominated are Life of Bim, a film about an aspiring footballer whose dreams of becoming a professional athlete are threatened by family pressure, and Dreamchaser, which follows a young woman as she navigates the challenges of the music industry.
East Africa MTF nominations are Ensulo, a film about Princess Zuri, whose life dramatically changes after the death of her father, King Mfalme, and Promises, about a boda-boda driver who struggles to raise his children after the death of his wife during childbirth.
Southern Africa MTF films are Savannah Skies, a story about a young woman forced into marriage, and The Painting, a film about a struggling artist who finds a painting in her home, which brings a surprising twist to her career and life.
This new category aims to reward excellence in storytelling and provide a platform for alumni of MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academies, MultiChoice Africa’s shared-value initiative, with academies in West, East and Southern Africa. Judging by the quality of the nominees from these academies, it is clear that we can anticipate even more notable productions in the future.
You'll get to find out which of the films win the award when the live edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards is broadcast on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv from Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday14 March. There will be plenty gist around the red carpets, highlight moments and after-party vibes. Make sure you connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download the DStv Now app available for Apple and Android to plan all your Africa Magic viewing magic.