M-Net is once again proudly supporting the development of young talent in the entertainment industry with the renewal of its Magic in Motion Academy programme for 2018.
After a long track record in meaningful Corporate Social Investment, M-Net launched the Magic in Motion Academy in 2014 as their flagship CSI programme.
The vision of the Magic in Motion Academy is the ongoing development of new generations of film and TV creators. This is done in a way that aligns with our business strategy of bringing people the very best in video entertainment, with the creation of authentic, homegrown content as an essential part of that viewing experience.
Students accepted in the M-Net Magic in Motion Academy must have a three-year qualification in drama, film, television or a related media field and no previous permanent employment in the industry. During the year-long course, they are given immersive experience in key areas of TV and film creation, across all the different genres. This includes production commissioning, scriptwriting, concept creation, producing, directing, cinematography, sound, art direction, editing, post-production and broadcasting.
M-Net’s partnerships with South Africa’s top producers and production companies enables students to gain in-depth and wide-ranging experience of the industry. This internship means the academy’s graduates are more likely to find positions within South African production companies, or become independent entrepreneurs after successfully completing the 12-month course. In this way M-Net’s Magic in Motion Academy acts as a springboard from tertiary institutions and film schools into the profession. By training employable contributors to the economy, our CSI initiative helps reduce the high youth unemployment rate in the country.
Starting with 12 graduates in 2015 and expanding to 20 in 2016, the Magic in Motion Academy is already impacting homegrown content. In 2015, the graduates produced and directed four films – IIizwi, The Ring, #Lit and Forgotten – which we aired on Mzansi Magic in December 2015 and March 2016, and which made it onto the channel’s Top 20 shows for both months. The interns also participated in a variety of local productions, including Idols SA, Isibaya, Carte Blanche, Binnelanders, Getroud Met Rugby and Igazi, as well as worked on Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, a successful original South African movie.
Entry criteria for 2018:
- Must have completed (in 2016) or are completing (in 2017), a 3-year diploma/degree in a film, TV or a related field.
- Must have obtained or obtain a minimum C-aggregate pass.
- All applicant information will be subject to credit, criminal and verification checks.M-Net’s selection decision for the Magic in Motion Academy Class of 2018 is final.
- M-Net shall not be responsible for any electronic failure that results in an entry not being received for consideration.
- M-Net is not liable for the costs any applicant incurs during the process of their entry (example: airtime usage or payment at Wi-Fi café).
- Applicants must ensure that all information included in their entry is valid and true.
- M-Net has the right to expand, limit, downscale and/or terminate the Magic in Motion Academy at its sole discretion.
- Entry is limited to those who meet the stated entry criteria.
- 2017 Magic in Motion Academy interns are prohibited from being selected again.
- There is no guarantee of employment at the end of the internship.
- Internships are only available in Gauteng, South Africa and to South African citizens.
- M-Net reserves the right to terminate any internship at any time.
How to apply
The application period is now open for aspiring young filmmakers. Applicants must apply directly to M-Net should they wish to participate in the 2018 Magic in Motion Academy. Click here to apply online