GEORGE NEWS - Riejhaat Wolhuter (24) from George recently graduated at the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Zambia 2020 and New York Film Academy (NYFA).
Wolhuter was one of 60 people across Africa who graduated from the MTF after completing an intensive online course through the NYFA.
The students who completed the course - which was extended from 12 to 18 months due to Covid-19 - walked away with two qualifications: an MTF qualification and an equally illustrious qualification from the prestigious NYFA.
According to MultiChoice's Yolisa Phahle, speaking at the virtual graduation ceremony, Africans are natural storytellers. "Today we are here to celebrate the second cohort who were dealt a heavy blow by the pandemic, but the challenge seems to have brought on even greater opportunities," she said.
Wolhuter said he applied for the programme because he wants to help grow the African film industry. "I saw the programme as an opportunity to show more of Namibia and Africa to the world. By being a part of MTF I had more leverage and through that put Namibia on the map."
He said the MTF programme taught him about the business aspect of production and how to deliver bigger production materials.
"The world is now my oyster. With the training, we gained access to a wider network within the industry allowing us to pitch to the industry players like DStv, Showmax, and Netflix," he said. Georgians will watch your film career with interest, Riejhaat. Bring home an Oscar!
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