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Welcome to the 10th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival!

The success of this Festival has been due mainly to the continued support of our ardent Festival-goers and the increasing popularity of the documentary genre. Before the Festival began in 1999, documentaries were confined to Sunday slots on Television. We have elevated the status of documentaries in this country by providing a platform through a stimulating cinematic experience.

Encounters has acquired an international reputation that has allowed us to travel to other Festivals and Markets. Over the years we have invited some of the best local and international documentary filmmakers to the Festival. We are proud to celebrate South African World Premières every year. We have taken Festivals to the townships and brought township filmmakers to the Festival. We have run training workshops that have borne fruits for the industry, 32 films and 6 mobile docs have been produced in total. Following on the success of the first Africa Shorts, this programme includes a Call for Proposals for the Encounters Africa Shorts 2 which is open to other African countries. We are celebrating our 10th year, and it is reflected in our film line-up this year which boasts some of the best documentaries on circuit. A current trend in documentary film is a focus on the personal, and the filmmakers have had access to a trove of archives dating from the 1950s, when ‘home movies’ became so popular. We have selected 49 titles, and more than half of those are South African – a first.

We are pleased to welcome our International Master Classes tutors – Stanley Nelson from the USA and Sunny Bergman from the Netherlands. Both their films are featured. In addition to our public annual events, the Debate, Panel Discussions, SABC presentations and the Cape Film Commission Platform at Encounters. A closed event, the Producers Workshop will be held in Johannesburg following the success of last years’ event. We are also hosting a public workshop in Cape Town on Sales, Co-production & Distribution with Claire Aguilar (ITVS), Don Edkins (Why Democracy?
series) and Diana Holtzberg (Films Transit International). The Festival is about interacting and engaging, we will host several Q&A’s after the screenings with our guests – see the biographies at the back of this programme. We congratulate the local filmmakers who are celebrating their Première screenings, a big ‘well done’.

This Festival would not be possible without the continued support of our funders and we thank them for recognising the value of the Festival. We also thank all the press for giving us coverage and giving our filmmakers the spotlight they deserve. Thank you to all South African filmmakers who submitted their films. Last thank you to the fabulous Encounters team who make this festival a reality; Nazeer Ahmed, Steven Markovitz, Nodi Murphy and all our part time staff.

Happy 10th Birthday Encounters! I look forward to seeing you often at the Festival.

Mandisa Zitha – Festival Director

For press queries, please contact Nathalie Rosa Bucher email: pr@encounters.co.za
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    2008 Festival Dates




Johannesburg
NU METRO HYDE PARK
19–29 June 2008

Cape Town
NU METRO V&A
3–13 July 2008
 
Booking Details

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    Documentary Festival

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    2008 Festival Dates




Johannesburg
NU METRO HYDE PARK
19–29 June 2008

Cape Town
NU METRO V&A
3–13 July 2008
 
Booking Details

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