Event Description South Africa’s only film festival devoted exclusively to documentaries, Encounters: South African International Documentary Film Festival was first held in 1999, and visits Johannesburg before its showing in Cape Town.

It features screenings, panel discussions and workshops for aspiring film-makers. As well a screening a broad range of local and international documentary work, the festival also offers a “film laboratory” at which first-time film-makers are given the opportunity to learn from working with experienced directors.

Most of the makers of the films being screened also attend and take part in discussions with community representatives, the subjects of their films, local critics, academics and, of course, the audience.

The 11th South African International Documentary Film Festival is held this year in: Johannesburg Hyde Park From 18–28 June 2009 Cape Town NU METRO V&A From 02–19 July 2009

The Encounters Festival presents the following award: An Audience Award. Decided by popular vote, these are awarded at the end of the Festival, one for the Best South African Film, another for the Best International Film. And this year are already confirmed the following documentary’s: Waltz with Bashir Rough Aunties Defamation Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love. Afghan Star Slaves Tyson Sea Point Days (SA) For Which I am Prepared to Die (SA) Jitsvinger (SA) Fokofpolisiekar (SA) For more information visit: http://encounters.co.za/

Event dates and times From 02–19 July 2009
Event website http://encounters.co.za
Event contact details Encounters: South African International Documentary Film Festival 1 st Floor 27 Caledon Street Cape Town 8001 South Africa
Event type Festival
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