Encounters, in partnership with Ster Kenikor, is proud to present the Youth Jury of 2018. Three jurors will adjudicate and present the EYE Award and cash prizes for the best South African shorts (less than 20 minutes).

The Youth Jury will act as ambassadors for their film schools whilst attending Festival events, documenting Festival activities, adjudicating a selection from the South African film programme at the Festival and presenting the Encounters Youth Experience Award. The Youth Jury will serve as an inclusive mechanism, thereby bringing documentary cinema to a younger audience and encouraging this audience to actively participate in the process of the Festival, promoting film literacy and local documentaries to new audiences.

Khanyisile Mazibuko

​Khanyisile Mazibuko (23), is an actress, talk-show host and filmmaking student. A National School of the Arts alumni and the director of award winning short film, “Zeroni”, Mazibuko has co-hosted television feminist talk show, “Rise” and is currently completing her film production degree at the University of Cape Town.

Beth Ribeiro

Beth Ribeiro (20) is a final-year student in Screen Production and Drama at UCT. While her heart lies in directing, she has a new-found love: cinematography. Excited for her career in South Africa’s film industry, she is motivated by the talent that surrounds her and propelled by the country’s political landscape.

Shari Mwanika

Shari Mwanika (21) is an aspirant Ugandan filmmaker. Storytelling is an extension of who she is and that passion has moulded her. Mwanika believes that film has the power to absorb, communicate, empower, uplift and sing the symphonies of the silenced.