MultiChoice Namibia and the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) have joined forces to create a wealth of homegrown stories for the African continent.
At the launch event in Windhoek, the media companies announced their selection of 13 films that will be produced around the country in 2022.
According to the companies, the successful film concepts were chosen from more than 200 submissions, after a call for experienced filmmakers and producers to submit film proposals showcasing authentic Namibian stories.
The films and their producers include ‘Home is Where the Money Is’ by Michael Pulse, ‘Tuli & Jessica’ by Obed Emvula, ‘Okalila’ by Knowledge Ipinge, ‘Bokwagter’ by Dantagos Jimmy-Melanie, ‘The Funeral’ by Marinda Stein, ‘Kauna’s Way/ ER’ by Vickson Hangula and Frieda Karipi, ‘Blackened’ by Erica Gebhardt, ‘Instalove’ by Riejhaat Wolhuter, ‘Sacky’s Dilemma’ by Kgosi Makaza, ‘Set in Stone’ by David Benade, ‘The Goal’ by Mpingana Dax, ‘Wish for Death’ by Errol Geingob and ‘Chef’s Kiss’ by Guy Knockles.
MultiChoice managing director Roger Gertze said, “At MultiChoice, we continuously seek opportunities to provide Namibian audiences with local and inspired content because we have seen a great interest in African content on our platforms.”
“We aim to enhance our customers’ television viewing experience and delight them with content that resonates with them,” he added.
“M-Net and NBC teams have dedicated many weeks to selecting the best local film concepts telling incredible Namibian stories that will guarantee audiences in Namibia, and the rest of Africa are entertained,” Gertze said.
According to Gertze, the initiative has allowed budding screenwriters to showcase their knack for storytelling under the mentorship of experienced filmmakers.
The completed films will be aired on DStv, GOtv and Showmax.
“This is an exciting milestone for MultiChoice and our hyperlocal strategy. Our investment in the Namibian creative economy rings true to our commitment to showcasing Africa’s diverse, rich culture through storytelling,” said Gertze.
“Congratulations to all producers who were selected. We cannot wait to see the exclusively Namibian films airing on our channels,” he said.