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: http://www.encounters.co.za/documentary-submissions/

To submit your African documentary, see: http://www.encounters.co.za/submit-african-documentary/

To submit your International documentary, see: http://www.encounters.co.za/paywall/