International features and short documentaries.
Open Virtually Everywhere
We are breaking boundaries and responding in real-time to the world’s new reality by making the Festival available to everyone, everywhere in South Africa .
In celebrating our 22nd year, we’re making most of the films free-of-charge to view on virtual platforms from 20–30 August.
The Close Encounters Laboratory
Making an Impact with Industry Events
We’ve planned an oh-so-useful industry programme to equip filmmakers with business skills in partnership with Wesgro, City of Cape Town and FNB, and a series of workshops and presentations to help filmmakers go global with the Documentary Filmmakers Association.
Live Q&As, Panel Discussions and Industry Events
Join our live virtual Q&As, Panel Discussions and Industry Events with acclaimed and emerging filmmakers discussing their latest films, or watch the pre-recorded Q&As.
Available in our Virtual Cinema, stream the film beforehand then join us for a conversation on our Facebook and YouTube channels. Come with questions! Stream films from 20 to 30 Aug in our Virtual Cinema: http://virtual.encounters.co.za.
Help keep the festival alive for the price of a ticket, popcorn and coke (not to forget the parking and petrol): https://www.encounters.co.za/support-the-festival/
Don’t forget to set a YouTube reminder for the Q&As, Panel Discussions and Industry Events!