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Announcing The Backsberg Encounters Audience Awards

Strike A Rock, the ground-breaking feature that follows the stories of a group of often forgotten women fighting for justice after the massacre at Marikana has won the Backsberg Audience Award for best local film at …

Extra Screenings

Due to popular demand, we have added extra screenings for the following films: Kedi, Goldblatt, Deep Blue/Middle C, Winnie, and I am not your Negro.

Encounters Storm Update

All screenings tonight will still go ahead as usual. Post-screening Q&A’s tonight for Dragan’s Lair and Forever Pure are still happening so don’t let the bad weather stop you from seeing these incredible filmmakers speak about their films.

Strong Island director, Yance Ford to join Encounters

Encounters is thrilled to welcome Strong Island director, Yance Ford, to the Festival this year. Strong Island, a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize Winner for Storytelling, is a timely and intelligent work and a painful intersection of private tragedy and public and political intransigence. Ford will be in attendance at the screening on the 6th June to present his film.