Multichoice Zim to hold workshop for local producers

HARARE – Multichoice Zimbabwe has lined up its first ever Zimbabwean local content summits to be held in Bulawayo and Harare this month.

The two events are part of efforts by MultiChoice Zimbabwe to help local film and television producers get a chance to have their work showcased on various broadcast platforms.

According to MultiChoice Zimbabwe publicity and public relations manager Liz Dziva, the aim of the local content summits is to attract high levels of top-quality productions from Zimbabwe for broadcast on DStv channels

“This workshop is known as the local content summit and will be hosted by MultiChoice Africa with the aim of encouraging local producers to create films and television programmes that are of a high standard, with the potential to attract viewers not just from Zimbabwe, but across the continent.
“There are a number of platforms under the DStv umbrella that can be utilised by local film-makers and producers for continental and international broadcast of their work, most notably the Zambezi Magic channel, which was created to provide a platform for local producers to tell their stories.

But there are other channels that are looking across Africa for content and such local content summits highlight all of these opportunities,” said Dziva.

She added that the local content summits will include skills training and information sessions from various industry experts.

Topics that will be covered include scripting and screenwriting, editing, directing, cinematography, set design and costume plus many other aspects that go into a high quality production.

“Although the channels are not in a position to provide exclusive funding for production, they do pay producers for use of content, and the visiting speakers at the workshops will highlight their expectations in terms of content, quality, relevance and creativity in the films and programmes being sought.

“Producers and film-makers from across Zimbabwe are being encouraged to put their names and credentials forward for consideration for attendance at the workshops, and can e-mail requesting to be on the invitation list.

“This is a genuine outreach exercise aimed at setting in motion a continuous flow of local productions onto DStv, taking them to audiences beyond our own borders and placing them as strategically competitive with productions from the rest of the continent,” he said.