Greener pastures for film academy graduates

By Confidente reporter

THE MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) class of 2019 made up of Esther Beukes, Sally Jason and Toivo Ashivuudhi has revealed that since they left MTF Academy in Zambia, opportunities in the African creative industry have been endless.

MultiChoice Namibia released a statement this week stating that Jason has continued to venture into radio and is currently working for Namibia’s first talk radio station, Eagle FM.

“I’m also assisting upcoming filmmakers in helping put their projects together for investments to fund their projects,” she added. Aside from this, she is a talent manager for Namibian award-winning superstar, Sally Boss Madam.

Jason said, MTF had opened doors for her to use the skills she gained to help other filmmakers package their work professionally for broadcast.

“Going to MTF, I went with the mindset that I am on a platform for my country and that I owe it to the industry to give back as I believe that is my purpose in life.”

Beukes became an associate producer for the Zambian hit series Zuba during the production of its third season.

“I was able to get an interview with the producers of the show after interning on the production during my time at MTF,” she said.
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With the knowledge she has gained, Beukes also has plans of her own to continue working with students from around Southern Africa who helped her create her first short film which is currently in post-production.

According to Beukes, although her focus may have shifted to her film, she hopes to create more opportunities for Namibian filmmakers to collaborate with others across the continent and grow her network.
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Meanwhile Ashivuudhi, a passionate animator, has evolved into a creative director at Elegant Media Group and directing lecturer at the College of the Arts.

He said, “On top of my qualification in 3D Animation and Visual Effects which I obtained from Multimedia University in Malaysia, the MTF programme enhanced my recognition in the industry as an expert in the field, ushering opportunities for me to share my skills as a facilitator to the new MTF intake in Lusaka, Zambia.”

He said that he managed to get an opportunity to facilitate on the introduction to 3D animation and visual effects course.

He also mentioned that through the course, he was able to learn from Zambezi Magic producers and make friends with a few, creating a platform and chance for future co-productions and collaborations.