Johannesburg-based Karin Slater has been selected as the African MIPDOC Trailblazer for 2008. One of five Trailblazers selected from South Africa, Greece, South Korea, Japan and Canada, Karin has been selected by the Encounters Documentary Festival (which forms part of the global jury) for her innovative and pioneering work.

The Trailblazers seeks to highlight path breaking work in the documentary field, promoting regional talents and trends and recognising the very best in creativity and innovation.

Slater’s films have been screened at major festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Hot Docs and Africano Film Festival in Milan to name a few. Her interest in the environment is evident in her films Prenessa and the Dolphins (2006) and Onse Water (Our Dear Water (2006).

According to an official release by Encounters, Slater “maintains integrity and honesty in the process of making her films. Significantly, her films are often poetic, something we believe should be encouraged in Africa and the rest of the world.”

Slater along with four other Trailblazers will be invited to attend MIPDOC in France where they will be able to network with industry leaders from around the world.

Last year, Encounters selected Joburg-based Vincent Moloi along with Jean-Marie Teno (Cameroon-born) as the African Trailblazers for 2007. Khalo Matabane was the first Trailblazer from Africa in 2006.

Encounters will present the African Trailblazer for the third year at MIPDOC, an international showcase for documentary screenings, which is held annually in Cannes, France from the 5 - 6 April.

For more details please contact:
Mandisa Zitha
Festival Director
Encounters South African Documentary Festival
Tel: 021 465-4686
Fax:               021 461-6964