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MAJOR SCOOP FOR ENCOUNTERS

After intense negotiations, the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has acquired one of the hottest, most acclaimed films of 2021. The film can only have a limited theatrical release as part of the Festival, with just three screenings at the...

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Ladima Foundation presents The Adiaha Award at Encounters 2021

The Ladima Foundation is excited to present The Adiaha Award for Best Documentary Film by an African woman at this year’s 23rd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. Previous winners have included Samantha Biffot for The African Who Wanted to Fly, Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann for New Moon and Tamara Mariam Dawit for Finding Sally.

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Encounters announces opening night film

The award-winning, gut-punching docuthriller, PRESIDENT, which follows the corruption-riddled 2018 Zimbabwean elections, has been announced as the opening night film for the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, which takes place “virtually everywhere”  from 10 to 20 June 2021.

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Extraordinary South African and African films come to Encounters

From the mysterious assassination of a South African icon, to an animated documentary of one of Sea Point’s legendary figures, as well as activists, miners, circuses and athletes, the 2021 Encounters South African International Documentary Festival once again brings audiences closer to the very best in documentary-making from the African Continent.

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Announcing the Successful PESP Interns

Announcing the Successful PESP Interns

With the support of the National Film and Video Foundation Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP), Encounters is proud to announce the selection of six highly motivated applicants for the inaugural 3-month paid internship opportunity in Festival Training and Skills Development, taking place from 1 April – 25 June 2021. 

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SAGE/Encounters Rough Cut Lab 2021 – Call for Submissions

Documentary films present us with unique perspectives and insights into our worlds. The crafting of these films present unique challenges and encourage thoughtful insights into their making. The Rough Cut Lab (RCL) aims to support South African films in the late offline story stage with directed consultation on story and character obstacles as well as close consideration into the workings of the film. Successful candidates receive targeted support from the Refinery when they eventually come to finishing.

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2021 (23rd) Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival