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ALL INDUSTRY EVENTS WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED ON ENCOUNTERS FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE CHANNELS.

Encounters Talks

Encounters Talks provides a space for exclusive and diverse industry discussions in partnership with UCT and Sunshine Cinema, Generation Africa, DocA, DOK.Fest Munich and the Documentary Filmmakers’ Association, amongst other prestigious organisations.

This year’s programme continues vital conversations about the future of the documentary industry and Africa’s place in it. Diving more in-depth, events featuring discussions of politics, gender and distribution look at specific intersections and challenges in the world of documentary filmmaking. Ranging from issues of creative and economic collaboration, to sustaining and supporting emerging filmmakers from the region, to curating and representing African stories, this year’s festival explores the craft, industry and audience of cinema on the continent.

These engaging discussions will be led by giants, experts and innovators in their field, ranging from festival programmers, award-winning filmmakers, impact producers, politicians, African distributors and investigative journalists to offer insight into trends in cinema and the growing local industry.

Online industry programming will be freely accessible to all, with in-person events accompanying select screenings.

Fri 11 June

11am – 12pm

UCT OPEN SESSION

The UCT / Sunshine Cinema Film Impact Screening Facilitator short course hosts a panel discussion with the Murder in Paris impact team. We’ll dive into the film’s impact goals, change dynamics, and impact strategy design and hear about the impact roll-out plans for the coming months. Join us to learn more about the MURDER IN PARIS Justice for Dulcie campaign and how you can get involved. See the film on Encounters Friday 11 June / 6pm which will be followed by a Panel Discussion at 7.45pm.

Enver Samuel

Director: Murder in Paris

Miki Redelinghuys

Impact Producer

Moderator: Liani Maasdorp

Senior Lecturer / Centre for Film and Media Studies UCT

Fri 11 June

2pm – 4pm

INDUSTRY EVENT: GENERATION AFRICA PANEL DISCUSSION

A general discussion about Generation Africa & its many forms of collaboration:
Co-productions, organisations collaborating across Africa as well as professional support & collaboration with experienced filmmakers who are mentoring a young crop of new voices.

Tiny Mungwe

STEPS

Don Edkins

STEPS

Nadja Lischewski

Project Manager, DW Akademie

Christilla Huillard-Kann

Producer, Elda Productions

Ike Nnaebue

Filmmaker, Creative Director, Passion8 Communications Ltd

Philippe Muller

Commissioning Editor, THEMA team, ARTE (European Culture Channel).

Moderator: Jolynn Minnaar

Award-Winning Director

Fri 11 June

7.45pm – 8.45pm

LIVE PANEL: MURDER IN PARIS
Enver Samuel

Director: Murder in Paris

Andrew Feinstein

Former ANC MP
Author of ‘After the Party: A Personal and Political Journey Inside the ANC’ & ’The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade’
Writer on the award-winning feature documentary ‘Shadow World’, shown at Encounters based on my book.
Executive Director, Shadow World Investigations
Anti-corruption & anti-racist activist and campaigner

Evelyn Groenink

Veteran Investigative Journalist

Moderator: Michael Marchant

Head of Investigations at Open Secrets

Sat 12 June

10am – 12pm

SWISS Focus Masterclass with Nemesis director Thomas Imbach

Watch Nemesis beforehand and join us for an in-depth look at this documentary with prolific Director and Producer Thomas Imbach. Thomas is an independent filmmaker based in Zürich, Switzerland. He founded Okofilm Productions together with director/producer Andrea Staka. All of his films have been released theatrically and Imbach has won numerous awards for his work, both in Switzerland and abroad.

Thomas Imbach
Thomas Imbach

Director: Nemesis

Simon Wood
Moderator: Simon Wood

Director, Producer

Sat 12 June

7.40pm – 8.40pm

LIVE PANEL: Remembering Alvin Ailey

Thinking about embodied humanity against the spectre of the body politics of race, gender and sexuality. In this webinar, through discussion with the filmmaker and invited South African dance makers, this panel will negotiate the life of Alvin Ailey – and Jamila Wignot’s extraordinary documentary on his life – as a fulcrum towards opening discussions that negotiate the body politics of race, gender and sexuality. And of interest is the relationship of the African American oeuvre of 1960s ‘Black dance’ that will also be a navigation point that raise issues around how dance can be/is a way of navigating unspoken and marginalised histories – and indeed, how this might connect to South Africa and the African continent.

Jamila Wignot
Jamila Wignot

Director: Ailey

George Faison
George Faison

Principle Dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Gregory Maqoma
Gregory Maqoma

Creative Director and Choreographer

Thobile Maphanga
Thobile Maphanga

Dance Practitioner and Creative Collaborator

Lliane Loots
Moderator: Lliane Loots

Founder of FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY

Sun 13 June

7.15pm – 7.45pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: I Am Here
Ella Blumenthal
Ella Blumenthal

Protagonist

Jordy Sank
Jordy Sank

Director

Gabriella Blumberg
Gabriella Blumberg

Producer

Heather Blumenthal
Moderator: Heather Blumenthal

Executive Director CT Holocaust & Genocide Centre

Sun 13 June

9.40pm – 10.10pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: Faya Dayi
Jessica Beshir
Jessica Beshir

Director

Peter Machen
Moderator: Peter Machen
Mon 14 June

11am – 1pm

DocA / ENCOUNTERS PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAMME
Co-Production — Pan-African Focus

The aim of the event is to advance and stimulate the documentary industry’s ecosystem on the African continent by encouraging co-productions amongst countries and to introduce information on services, funding opportunities and legal frameworks of the Film Commissions and Funding bodies across the region.

Abdoul Aziz Cisse
Abdoul Aziz Cisse
Director, Writer, Editor
Boundaone Ousmane
Ousmane Boundaone

Administrative Director, Generation Films

Terrence Khumalo

NFVF Co-Production Manager

Monica Rorvik
Moderator: Monica Rorvik

Head of Film and Media Promotion Unit at Wesgro

Mon 14 June

7.20pm – 8.20pm

LIVE PANEL: DECRIMINALISATION MARKS OUR FREEDOM
Chantel Fortuin

Protagonist

Ntuthuzo Ndzomo
Ntuthuzo Ndzomo

Iranti Programmes Manager

Caine Youngman

Policy and Legal Advocacy Manager at LEGABIBO

Moderator: Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane

Bibliophile, Lawyer, Podcaster, Scholar and SOGIE Activist.

Tue 15 June

11am – 1pm

DocA/ENCOUNTERS PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAMMES
Co-Production Focus — Producers
Saitabao Kaiyare
Saitabao Kaiyare

Filmmaker, Director of Baruu Collective (Nairobi, Kenya)

Steven Markovitz

Producer

Jean-Marie Teno
Jean-Marie Teno

Filmmaker

Jean-Marie Teno
Ramadan Suleman

Director, Writer, Producer

Moderator: Thandi Davids

Filmmaker

Tue 15 June

2pm – 4pm

GENERATION AFRICA PANEL DISCUSSION
Work in Progress — Rigorous Editing
Iikka Vehkalahti
Ikka Vehkalathi

RCS

Babucarr Manka

Director, The AID

Matti Näränen

Editing Consultant, The AID

Moderator: Sara CF de Gouveia

Filmmaker

Tue 15 June

7.40pm – 8.10pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: Writing With Fire
Rintu Thomas

Director

Sushmit Ghosh

Director

Moderator: Maganthrie Pillay

Filmmaker

Tue 15 June

9.30pm – 10pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: King Bansah & His Daughter
Mr. Céphas Bansah & Katharina Bansah

Protagonists

Agnes Lisa Wegner

Director

Moderator: Peter Machen
Wed 16 June

2pm – 4pm

BETWEEN IMPACT AND DOCUMENTATION

Documentary films are traditionally viewed as acts both of documenting social phenomena and of providing progressive societal education. Recent years have seen a greatly increased focus on the so-called “impact film”, a form which actively aims to translate social insights into concrete social or legal change – but what space is there for documentaries that open up questions concerning social experience, in other words, opening up a cinematic space to think, rather than providing solutions? This session will explore this question by excavating the complex dynamics between activism, documentation and truth, and the various commitments faced by filmmakers and funders on the continent.

UWC/HBF Panel Discussion – Case Studies: I am Samuel & I, Mary

Peter Murimi

Director: I am Samuel

Aliki Saragas-Georgiou

Director: I, Mary

Rui Assubuji

Filmmaker, Researcher – Chair In Visual History & Theory at the Centre For Humanities Research of the University of the Western Cape

Phumi Mtetwa

JASS Southern Africa Regional Director

Moderator: Francois Verster

Director, Producer

Wed 16 June

7.30pm – 8pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: Red Card
Mohamed Saïd Ouma

Director

Moderator: Dylan Valley

Director, Lecturer

Wed 16 June

9.30pm – 10pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: The Colonel’s Stray Dogs
Khalid Shamis

Director

Moderator: Asher Gamedze
Thu 17 June

2pm – 4pm

AFRICAN DOCUMENTARIES – THE STATE OF PLAY

This discussion will explore current trends in the production, distribution and curation of documentaries from Africa. What kinds of films are being made on the continent, and by whom? And how does content, form, production and consumption differ regionally? Who are the local and international audiences these films are being made for, and how are they responding to films? We look at the role of international funding and co-production on what is being made, at what buyers and festivals are taking on board, and at what critics and journalists are writing about.

Judy Kibinge

Filmmaker and Founder of East African Documentary Film Fund, DOCUBOX

Sean Jacobs

Founder and Editor, Africa is a Country

Charlotte Dupuy

Film Acquisitions and Marketing, Windrose

Issraa El-Kogali

Producer and Chairperson, Cinemafrica Sweden

Sarah Dawson

Programmer, IDFA

Aderinsola (Derin) Ajao

Journalist and Cultural Projects Manager

Moderator: Francois Verster

Director, Producer

Thu 17 June

8pm – 9pm

LIVE PANEL: President

In an exclusive post-screening Q&A, join law specialist Dr Alex Magaisa in conversation with President director Camilla Nielsson and award-winning print and broadcast journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono

Camilla Nielsson

Director

Hopewell Chin'ono
Award-Winning Print ad Broadcast Journalist
Host: Dr Alex Magaisa

Law Specialist

Fri 18 June

11am – 12.30pm

The Documentary Filmmakers Association docShare presents:
GET YOUR FILM OUT THERE!
An interactive panel discussion about distribution strategy

DFA invites you to the launch of docSHARE – an interactive learning session where the film teams from I, Mary, The Colonel’s Stray Dogs and I am Here will share their distribution strategies. Sivu Giba hosts the powerhouse panel!

docSHARE is an initiative of the Documentary Filmmakers Association of South Africa to create opportunities for experienced film professionals to share their knowledge and engage with the work and concerns of our existing and prospective members.

docSHARE is supported by the Gauteng Film Commission.

Khalid Shamis

Filmmaker, Editor The Colonel’s Stray Dogs

Steven Markovitz

Producer

Tamsin Ranger

Producer

Aliki Saragas-Georgious

Filmmaker

Bridget Pickering

Filmmaker, Producer

Jordy Sank

Filmmaker

Gabriella Blumberg

Producer

Moderator: Sivu Giba

DFA Board Member, Co-Founder of SivuBuhle Media, a Multimedia and Documentary Film Production Company based in the Eastern Cape.

Fri 18 June

2pm – 3pm

The Documentary Filmmakers Association DocCHAT with Netflix Africa Team
ONLINE DISTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITIES

DFA hosts a docCHAT with the Netflix Africa team, which unpacks the process and opportunities and pitfalls of online distribution opportunities. docCHAT is a bi-monthly webinar, designed to keep the conversation going with our members. During Encounters we open this session to festival-goers.

docSHARE is an initiative of the Documentary Filmmakers Association of South Africa to create opportunities for experienced film professionals to share their knowledge and engage with the work and concerns of our existing and prospective members.
docSHARE is supported by the Gauteng Film Commission.

About Netflix:
Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 208 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Bradley Silver
Netflix Director of Global IP Policy
Shola Sanni
Netflix Director of Public Policy, SSA
Lucy Leveugle

Netflix Director of Nonfiction Originals, EMEA

Kate Townsend
Netflix Director of Original Documentary Features, EMEA
Moderator: Izette Mostert

DFA Treasurer

Fri 18 June

7.25pm – 7.55pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: All-In
Volkan Üce

Director

Moderator: Dylan Valley

Filmmaker, Lecturer

Fri 18 June

9.10pm – 9.40pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: Mutant
Isaac Mutant
Protagonist
Lebogang Rasethaba

Director

Nthato Mokgata

Director

Moderator: Nadine Cloete

Filmmaker

Sat 19 June

11am – 1pm

SWIFT Panel Discussion: Women in Wildlife and Natural History Filmmaking

The presence of women in wildlife and natural history filmmaking is not a common occurrence globally. The hardships and economics of this sub-genre discourages women from participating within the various roles of cinematographers, directors, researchers and production coordinators. There is hope, with a few pioneering women breaking barriers and pursuing unique and inspirational stories about nature and conservation.

The panel will also feature organisations advancing the entrance of a new generation of female filmmakers as well as influential broadcasters who commission Wildlife and Natural History Programming.

The conversation will explore current opportunities, challenges, and barriers for women entering this aspect of the industry.

Pat van Heerden

SABC Head of Factual

Thando Shozi
Yolanda Mogatusi
Filmmaker
Tembisa Jordaan

Marine scientist and the Biodiversity Stewardship and Biodiversity Economy acting manager, at Ezemvelo KZN wildlife.

Tessa Barlin

Wildlife and Documentary Filmmaker

Moderator: Maganthrie Pillay

Filmmaker

Sat 19 June

2pm – 3.30pm

GLOBAL SHORT DOCS FORUM 2021
Global Short Docs Forum: How to get your short doc commissioned?

Join us for the launch of applications for the Global Short Docs Forum, and a chance to get advice and tips on pitching in the international documentary market.

Run by One World Media, Global Short Docs Forum brings together documentary filmmakers from around the world to attend an intensive online training, and one-to-one pitch meetings. Following 4 weeks of workshops and mentoring, the Forum connects filmmakers with media platforms looking for short docs, such as Al Jazeera, BBC, The Guardian and Vice.

This year, Encounters is partnering with One World Media to launch the call for applications for the Forum, and hosting an online session for filmmakers in the region.

The conversation will cover key points to consider while pitching your short documentary to international platforms, how to present your story and supporting materials, and how to prepare for an application for the Global Short Docs Forum.

Listen to the GSDF team and mentors for practical tips, and the GSDF 2020 filmmaker who got her film commissioned at the Forum.

Following the workshop, there will be a chance for 8 selected filmmakers to have a 20 min individual consultation session with the GSDF Team. To be considered for these sessions, please sign up by 14 June 2021, 5pm GMT with your project details.

Consultation session with GSDF team SIGN UP HERE

Flora Gregory

Executive Producer, GSDF Director

Marina Shupac

Filmmaker, GSDF Participant

Sifiso Khanyile

Filmmaker, GSDF Mentor

Moderator: Lisya Yafet

Programme Manager, One World Media

Sat 19 June

7.20pm – 7.50pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: I, Mary
Aliki Saragas-Georgiou

Director

Regina Mary Ndlovu

Protagonist

Moderator: Maganthrie Pillay
Sat 19 June

9.35pm – 10.05pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: Watch Over Me
Farida Pacha

Director

Lutz Konermann

Cinematographer and Producer

Moderator: Dr Liani Maasdorp

Senior Lecturer / Centre for Film and Media Studies UCT

Sun 20 June

5.10pm – 5.40pm

LIVE IN-CONVERSATION: The Khoekhoe Saga
Johann Abrahams

Director

Rudolf Rieger

Producer

Moderator: Jolene Martin
Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival