The organisers of Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, Africa’s home of documentaries, call on the filmmaking community, inviting submissions of feature-length, mid-length and short documentary films for consideration to participate at the 26th edition of the Festival, scheduled to take place from 20 – 30 June 2024.
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival Honoured at the SAFTAs with Outstanding Provincial Contributor Award
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival last night (29 September) was honoured at the SAFTAs with the Outstanding Provincial Contributor Award, an honour given to an “individual, group or a particular initiative that has contributed significantly towards developing the film and television industry in a respective province”.
It has been our privilege to design a programme of significant films that echo the current state of our world, and we were thrilled to present this to local audiences.
THE ADIAHA AWARD For the fourth year running Encounters in partnership with the Ladima Foundation, presents the Adiaha Award, rewarding excellence in documentary filmmaking by African women. This year, the award welcomes a new partner, DOK.fest München, one of...
A number of films programmed at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, which begins on June 22 in Cape Town, offer captivating explorations of the human condition in Africa from deep within and with collaborative respect from abroad....
Feast of Top-Drawer International Films for Encounters South African International Documentary Festival
With its focus on diverse voices and perspectives, this year’s festival showcases a remarkable selection of films from talented women directors; follows some hard-hitting revealing narratives that go beyond ordinary “news”, while also shining a light on people’s endless capacity for creativity.
ENCOUNTERS 2023 celebrates 25 years and opens with MILISUTHANDO the most ‘talked about’ new voice in South African filmmaking (22 June)
“Premiering this film at home after so many years of brewing and cooking, my only hope is that it will add to the canon of a cinema that softens our understanding of the hardest parts of who we are as a people. And it is with love, as much love as we could muster, that my team and I share this story with South Africans.” – Milisuthando Bongela
After a three-year hiatus, Encounters South African International Documentary Festival and the cinema chain Ster-Kinekor welcome back the 4th Ster-Kinekor Encounters Youth Experience (EYE) Award for the Best South African Short Film.
Encounters returns to cinemas to celebrate its 25th anniversary from 22 June to 2 July and is excited to once more present this award in partnership with the Ladima Foundation. The Award, now in its 3rd year at Encounters, rewards excellence in documentary filmmaking by African women.