Call for entries for Encounters 2020

November 29, 2019
Encounters invites entries for the 22nd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, 4 - 14 June 2020, Cape Town & Johannesburg

The organisers of Encounters are calling for feature, mid-length and short documentary film entries for the 2020 edition of the Festival.

Encounters will deliver a line-up of riveting documentaries from around the globe featuring a wide range of topics: from icons, crimes against humanity, forbidden lives, culture, activism, music, ideology and the cinematic beauties. And this to an audience of 10,000 and growing with the important Audience Awards for local and international films.

Encounters is also a filmmakers’ festival providing ample opportunity for networking. Last year Encounters hosted 800 participants and, again, will have exciting Industry events on offer. Among these are the:

  • S.A.G.E/ Encounters Rough Cut Lab
  • WESGRO Business Capacity Programme
  • Master Classes
  • Documentary Filmmakers Association Industry Forum
  • American Film Showcase Workshop
  • UCT Impact Bootcamp
  • S.A.G.E. Editing Workshop
  • Stakeholder one-on-ones

Submission Details

SA/African Entries:

African film submissions are exempt from the submission fee.

International submissions:

A nominal submission fee of USD15 is charged for International entries

Please note that we will be pleased to consider works in progress / rough cuts if your film will be ready in time for the Festival itself (4 June – 14 June 2020).

The deadline for submissions is Monday 2 March 2020

For Enquiries please contact:

Encounters Team


Tel: +27 418 3310

Encounters is moving office end of October, please look out for our new contact details.

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