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Encounters is back and announces the ‘must-see’ first films in the lineup

Now in its 23rd year, The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival returns with a celebration of the latest and greatest in African and international Documentary filmmaking, cementing its place as the premier documentary festival on the continent. Following on from its hugely successful virtual festival in 2020 — a year that will surely go down as one of cinematic history’s most challenging — the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival will once again be coming to screens ‘virtually everywhere’ for its 2021 edition. From 10th – 20th June, audiences will see 10 days of inspiring films, webinars, debates and Q&A’s, and meet directors locally and from around the globe.

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Announcing the Successful PESP Interns

Announcing the Successful PESP Interns

With the support of the National Film and Video Foundation Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP), Encounters is proud to announce the selection of six highly motivated applicants for the inaugural 3-month paid internship opportunity in Festival Training and Skills Development, taking place from 1 April – 25 June 2021. 

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SAGE/Encounters Rough Cut Lab 2021 – Call for Submissions

Documentary films present us with unique perspectives and insights into our worlds. The crafting of these films present unique challenges and encourage thoughtful insights into their making. The Rough Cut Lab (RCL) aims to support South African films in the late offline story stage with directed consultation on story and character obstacles as well as close consideration into the workings of the film. Successful candidates receive targeted support from the Refinery when they eventually come to finishing.

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2021 (23rd) Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival