21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

Encounters is proud to mark 21 years of celebrating South African and International documentaries with local audiences in Cape Town and Johannesburg. 


In keeping with tradition, The Festival will present the best selection of prize-winning and award-nominated films from the continent and abroad. The selection of the crème de la crème of the documentary community will feature South African and International world-premières and a programme covering an eclectic spectrum of themes.

Be sure to tune into The Susana Kennedy Show this Wednesday at 12:00

Encounters supports documentary filmmakers through an industry programme comprised of workshops, masterclasses, business meetings and presentations focusing on increasing opportunities and transforming the industry. The programme seeks to empower established and emerging filmmakers, film students, practitioners and stakeholders.

Mandisa Ralane: Festival Director

Mandisa is the current Festival Director and was the previous Director for Encounters from 2007 to 2012. In her position as the Festival Director, Mandisa travelled to other international film festivals to develop and strengthen the Festival’s networks and partnerships; research and view films; explore opportunities for the Festival and the local industry; meet funders, filmmakers, distributors and broadcasters.

Mandisa was invited to sit on international forums and panel discussions that examine the scope of the African documentary landscape, and has sat on numerous film selection panels.  Mandisa has completed a BA in Film and Media Studies at UCT (2005), where she majored in the documentary.

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