Submissions are open for the 21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

The organisers of Encounters are calling for feature, mid-length and short documentary film entries from South African and International filmmakers for the 2019 edition of the 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.

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.

Submission Details

A nominal submission fee of USD15 is charged for International entries.

African film submissions are exempt.


Audience Award for Best South African film

Audience Award for Best International film

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 (9 June – 16 June 2019).

The deadline for submissions is 8 March 2019

SA/African:   Click Here.

International submissions:  Click Here.

Opportunity Details:


Cape Town



Contact Details:



+27 (0)21 418 3310 / 3271