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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.

Exciting new local addition to the VR section!

Eziko is a virtual reality web-series, each episode inviting you into the living rooms, dinner tables and personal spaces where conversations are happening between South African womxn. Episodes 1 & 2 follow a group of friends on holiday in Paternoster, where debates range from relationships to land politics over the course of one day.

New guests confirmed

Encounters is thrilled to announce that Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, filmmakers of the acclaimed documentary Whose Streets? will now be joining the Festival on the opening weekend. Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’s exceptional documentary, which premiered at Sundance, follows the story of how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and later sparked a global movement.

Al Jazeera-Encounters Pitching Forum Call

African filmmakers are invited to submit proposals for the Al Jazeera-Encounters Pitching Forum in Johannesburg on Saturday, 10 June 2017, during the 19th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. A maximum of 12 African filmmakers will …

Encounters Rough Cut Lab Call for Submissions

Eyes on the prize! A second opinion is a useful thing and Encounters, in partnership with the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) and the Refinery Cape Town, are inviting documentary filmmakers who are ‘almost there’ with their feature-length films to take advantage of the inaugural three-day ROUGH CUT LAB.