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Vacancy: Film Programmer

The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is seeking applications for the position of Film Programmer.

This individual will work alongside the Festival Director and will be responsible for charting the Festival’s artistic vision, including curating the main film programme and developing and implementing its film-related events (year round & Festival). The suitable candidate will have an extensive knowledge of documentary cinema and the local and international industry landscape.


  • A tertiary qualification in film, media studies or related field;
  • At least five years’ experience in the film industry or client relations environment;
  • Proven strategic thinking and relationship-building skills;
  • Good Communication (written and oral skills);
  • Ability to plan and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well under pressure.

Principle Duties

  • Oversee the organisation and selection of films for the Encounters Festival programme.
  • Oversee the programming and implementation of Encounters year-round projects.
  • Oversee delivery of programme (print and net), including writing content and supervising providers – art, text, stills, layout.
  • Assist with Fundraising & Report writing.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key film community professionals.

Candidates must submit the following:

  • 2 page CV with 3 contactable references
  • 1 page letter of motivation

Applications are to be sent to  by no later than 24 November 2016.

Compensation commensurate with experience. The successful candidate must be based in Cape Town.

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Call for Entries

19th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

01st -11th June 2017

Cape Town and Johannesburg

The organisers of Encounters are calling for feature, mid-length and short documentary film entries from South African and International filmmakers for the 2017 edition of the Festival.

In addition, Encounters is accepting Virtual Reality submissions for the 2nd Virtual Encounters exhibition, showcasing VR & immersive media, and to be held during next year’s Festival.

A nominal submission fee of USD15 is charged for International entries. African filmmakers and VR submissions are exempt.


  • Audience Award for Best South African film
  • Audience Award for Best International film

Please note that we will be pleased to consider works in progress / rough cuts if your film will be ready in time for the Festival itself (01st -11th June 2017).

The deadline for submissions is 13th March 2017

For submission regulations, see:

To submit your African documentary, see:

To submit your International documentary, see: