Digital content creators must promote their local languages.

This was the sentiment shared when content producers from Gwanda and Plumtree benefited from a training workshop organised by the Zimbabwe Film and Television School of Southern Africa (ZIFTESSA) and Zim-Digital.

Following mobilisation meetings held by the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services with content creators and aspiring film makers in the province, the Zim-Digital team working with ZIFTESSA has trained about 50 people drawn from Gwanda and Plumtree in film and television production.

The participants who were trained in script writing, cinematography, producing, editing and directing were also required to produce a two-minute film as practical assessment of their capacities.

Speaking to ZBC News after the training the content producers expressed satisfaction with the knowledge and skills acquired saying they are ready to produce quality programmes for the new high definition broadcasting channels.

ZIFTESSA director, Mr Rino Zhuwarara said the national programme was part of efforts to ensure that enough content is produced in time for the migration to the digital platform.

He further encouraged the content creators to use their indigenous languages in telling the Zimbabwean story.

Participants who completed the four-day training course received certificates of attendance.