In partnership with Refinery Cape Town and the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE), the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival invites South African filmmakers to submit their films for the 2nd Encounters Rough Cut Lab to be held in Cape Town from Monday 6th August 2018 to Friday 10th August 2018.

A maximum of 3 South African projects, consisting of one director and one editor, whose films are in post-production, will be selected to spend five (5) days working on their film with an experienced editing mentor. Projects will receive expert advice on story structure and technical aspects.

This call is only open to projects with an assembled rough cut.

Submissions Details:

  • A one-page synopsis maximum
  • A one-page directors vision/treatment
  • A one-page editors vision/treatment
  • A one-page biography of the director and editor
  • A one-page post production schedule and predicted timeline for completion
  • An online screener link and password to the viewable rough cut
  • A half page bullet point document outlining the difficulties currently experienced with the film’s current structure and / or problematic areas in the story, and if additional footage can be shot or sourced through archive.
  • A half-page indication of what has been achieved up to this point is required. No less than 5 weeks must have been spent in edit prior to the lab.
  • Films need to be feature length – 70 mins or above
  • All available footage accessible on a USB 3 or firewire hard drives
  • Indicate what software was used

Send To: with Rough Cut Lab in the subject line

Submissions Deadline:  On or before 4pm (South African time), Monday, 16 July 2018.

*Any submissions that do not follow the strict submission details and page limitations will be disqualified

About Encounters Rough Cut Lab

The 2nd Encounters Rough Cut Lab hosted in partnership with the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) and Refinery Cape Town target films and filmmakers in the final stages of their production cycle, where access to industry advice and feedback can prove instrumental to shaping the success of documentary films as they enter the marketplace.

The editors and directors of 3 selected South African documentaries currently in the post-production phase will have the opportunity to screen rough cuts of their films and receive comprehensive feedback on story structure, technical aspects and distribution and marketing strategies from a panel of experienced local editors, post-production experts and international sales agents.  These filmmakers will be allocated an experienced editor to workshop problem areas in their films. Encounters intends the Rough Cut Lab as a multi-stakeholder project and is seeking additional project partners.

About SAGE

The South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) is a voluntary non-profit organisation for post production professionals. With more than 100 members, the Guild represents most of the best talent in the feature film, TV drama, documentary and sound editing in South Africa today. SAGE is presently run on a voluntary basis by the members of the Executive Committee, all of whom work as professionals in post production and give of their free time to maintain the organisation.

SAGE aims to promote the Art of Editing while ensuring that editors are not isolated by hosting a variety of events where post production professionals meet their contemporaries and are able to share their experiences and expertise. We are represented nationally and continually aim to access new members and support current members as our industry expands. In addition SAGE is a member organisation of South African Screen Federation (SASFED), a body which represents the broader film industry to government.

About Refinery Cape Town

Refinery Cape Town is a full service post production facility.  We supply end to end customised solutions. Our facilities were designed with stereoscopic, HD, 2K & 4K workflows in mind. We have the latest technology in the market as well as budget friendly solutions.   We are media management specialists front-end film to final mastered deliveries.

We offer a complete, full-service post production solution for long format projects, tailor-made for every production, from daily deliveries through the editorial process, DI and deliveries and sound 5.1 mixing. Our filmography is an impressive list of local and international feature films, television projects and documentaries.

What we would really like to see is filmmakers engaging with us a lot sooner in the process.  Getting us involved at a point that we can really add value, and more often than not assist in saving costs.  This is very much key to our involvement in the Encounters Film Festival.  To make young filmmakers aware that we have that open door policy and the information they need can be easily accessed.