Namibia: Multichoice and NBC announce 13 local film projects

A host of local stories are about to hit continental screens thanks to MultiChoice Namibia and the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

At a launch event at MultiChoice Namibia in Windhoek recently, media companies announced their selection of 13 films to be produced across the country this year.

The blockbuster film concepts were chosen from over 200 entries, following a call for experienced filmmakers and producers to submit film proposals that reflect truly authentic Namibian stories.

Upcoming films and their producers are ‘Home is Where the Money Is’ (Michael Pulse), ‘Okalila’ (Knowledge Ipinge), ‘Tuli & Jessica’ (Obed Emvula), ‘Bokwagter’ (Dantagos Jimmy-Melanie), ‘ The Funeral’ (Marinda Stein), ‘Kauna’s Way/ER’ (Vickson Hangula/Frieda Karipi), ‘Blackened’ (Erica Gebhardt), ‘Instalove’ (Riejhaat Wolhuter), ‘Sacky’s Dilemma’ (Kgosi Makaza), ‘Set in Stone’ (David Benade), ‘The Goal’ (Mpingana Dax), ‘Wish for Death’ (Errol Geingob) and ‘Chef’s Kiss’ (Guy Knockles).

“At MultiChoice, we are constantly looking for opportunities to provide Namibian audiences with local and inspired content, as we have seen great interest in African content on our platforms,” MultiChoice Managing Director Roger Gertze said during the talk. the event.

“We further aim to enhance our customers’ TV experience and delight them with content that resonates with them,” he said.

“The M-Net and NBC teams have spent many weeks selecting the best local film concepts telling incredible Namibian stories that will guarantee audiences in Namibia and across the rest of Africa and beyond a really entertaining viewing,

said Gertze.

The initiative will also allow aspiring screenwriters to showcase their talent for storytelling under the mentorship of experienced filmmakers.

One such writer is playwright Donald Matthys who, in the midst of a dream come true, will transition from theater to film with his first-ever film history credit.

“The name of our movie is called ‘The Funeral’. It’s a movie set in Aranos in the Hardap region – my home town – and it’s a family drama.

The main themes are loss, family and unity,” Matthys said.

“This is my first film and I’m very excited. I really appreciate this opportunity. NBC and MultiChoice are doing this together to help grow the Namibian film industry. We don’t really see 13 Namibian films being shot at the same time, so it’s very exciting.”

Completed films will be broadcast on DStv, GOtv and Showmax.

“Our investment in the Namibian creative economy is an exciting step for MultiChoice and our hyperlocal strategy. MultiChoice’s mission is to showcase the rich and diverse culture of Africa through the deep storytelling history of our continent,” said Gertze.

“Having 13 new locally produced films provides an incredibly powerful platform to propel video entertainment in Africa to greater heights,” he said.

“Congratulations to the producers who have been selected. We can’t wait to see the exclusively Namibian films on our channels.”

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Gladys T. Hensley