The Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Emma Theofelus, has urged commercial banks to consider the establishment of a specialised loan programme tailored to support local filmmakers.

She was speaking at the launch of the Mukorob Film Project in the capital on Wednesday.

MultiChoice Namibia's collaboration with the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc) has enabled 13 local film production houses to release top-quality and distinct Namibian stories.

These are but some of the short films that were launched, igniting a new glimmer of hope for film-makers and all who are involved in putting out the final product seen on the small screen.

The initiative underlines MultiChoice Namibia and the national broadcaster's commitment to investing in local productions and fostering the local film sector.

The 13 films have now been released on platforms such as DStv, GOtv, and Showmax, providing diverse access to viewers.

Five of the 13 films produced in Afrikaans and other Namibian vernaculars will also feature on KykNET and Kie, broadcasting on Sundays at 20h00.

The films will be broadcast on nbc, starting from December this year to May 2025.

Deputy Minister of ICT Emma Theofelus described the development as an exciting step for the creative industry, promising that her ministry will do all in its power to convince the government and the private sector to invest in the local film industry.

Emma Theofelus emphasised that while the film industry may carry risks, investments from banks could yield positive returns.

Namibian Broadcasting Corporation's Director General Stanley Similo says it was not a walk in the park when the production of the films kicked off about a year ago, but the end results have made the sleepless nights and long hours worthwhile.

Similo says the steps taken by the nbc and MultiChoice should encourage others to invest in the creative space.

The partnership between MultiChoice Namibia and NBC aims to not only give Namibian filmmakers a platform but also contribute to the local content creation industry, aligning with audience preferences, said the Managing Director at MultiChoice Namibia, Roger Gerzte.

He stated that the venture is expected to have a significant impact on the country's film landscape.

Hilma Shehaama directed one of the short films, called Instant Love. Sheehama is a product of the Multichoice Talent Factory, and she was sent to Zambia to gain the needed skills.

She has now successfully directed her short film.



Emil Xamro Seibeb