Documentary Submission Rules

Festival dates: 9-16 June 2019
The deadline for the 2019 festival is


  • No films to be submitted without complete entry forms
  • All DVDs to be clearly labelled
  • All submissions to include the following:
    • approx. 150 word synopsis
    • minimum 2 stills from the film as a JPEG (300 dpi),
    • complete filmography/biography of the director
  • Screeners and any promotional material submitted will not be returned to the sender
  • No material sent at charge of the Festival will be accepted
  • All DVD preview screeners to be submitted in PAL or NTSC format
  • In the event of your film being selected, it must be available in Blu-Ray Disc or DCP in English or with English subtitles
  • The holder of copyright authorises the Festival to make excerpts, of a maximum of three minutes, available to television channels and for use on the Encounters website for the promotion of the film and the festival.
  • Please submit a promotional trailer to be screened during the Festival should your film be selected.

Submit an African documentary Submit an International documentary


The Encounters Festival presents the following awards at the end of the Festival:
  • Audience Award – Best South African Film
  • Audience award – Best International Film


Contact Person: Nololo Lange

Tel: +27 21 418 3310

Postal Address

PO Box 2228
Cape Town
South Africa