Workshops

  • AFS African Regional Producers Workshop

    In June 2018, the American Film Showcase (AFS) hosted 9 teams of emerging documentary producers and their filmmaker partners from Anglophone African countries for a six-day workshop focused on documentary film producing. Produced in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate in Cape Town and the Encounters (the oldest and leading documentary festival in Africa), participants travelled…

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  • Festival Training & Skills Development in Festival Management & Film Curation

    In 2021 with the support of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP), Encounters launched a new 3-month paid internship opportunity to support students seeking careers in Festival Management and Film Curation. The Programme ran in tandem with our production of the 23rd Encounters Festival (10 – 20 June 2021), giving interns invaluable practical experience. An…

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  • Doc Activate Season

    The Encounters Doc Activate Season is a comprehensive event, enabling participants to plan and execute a two-day film festival from pre-production through to completion, including reporting. Candidates become skilled in areas of festival management and production, industry curation and film programming, audience design and development, building partnerships, technical coordination and logistics, marketing and communications, public…

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  • Rough Cut Lab Africa

    A perennial virtual editing lab that supports filmmakers in the editing, story construction phase of their films. RCLA gives African filmmakers an opportunity to have their films in dialogue with intelligent and caring expert readers. Consultants range from editors to directors to academics to programmers, recognising that to ‘read story’ is not just an editorial…

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