The organisers of the Multichoice Talent Factory say they received over 3,100 entries for the inaugural edition.
They disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
They also added that the regional interviews and the screening process to select twenty of the most noteworthy candidates have begun.
The shortlisted candidates will receive the opportunity to hone their television and film production skills during the yearlong funded program.
The Talent Academy, which would be based in Lagos, will admit and train deserving, young, talented filmmakers– practising and prospective – from across the continent in the various aspects of filmmaking.
The West African Director, MultiChoice Talent Factory, Femi Odugbemi, said, “The next generation must understand that as filmmakers, they are the historians of the modern age. We’ve got to have great filmmakers who are willing to take on big themes and unearth untold stories and all of that requires us to be deliberate about how we mentor the next generation. [We] have to be very deliberate that the next generation will simply not tell stories uneducated.”
The Talent Academy is a first in the three touch points that MTF will deliver over the course of the year. These include MTF academies, Master classes and the MTF Portal.
The yearlong training will begin on October 1.