Following on the successful inauguration of the People to People International Documentary Conference in 2007, the biennial conference is scheduled for 10 - 12 September this year.

A joint initiative of the Tri-Continental Film Festival, Encounters South African International Documentary Festival and Southern Africa Communications for Development (Sacod), the conference helps fulfil the critical role of documentary film in Africa and the global South.

Planned to coincide alternately with the Tri-Continental Film Festival in September and Encounters South African International Documentary Festival in June, the second edition of the conference is to take place in concert with the Tri-Continental Film Festival, as it did in 2007. This has been necessitated by Encounters unfortunately having to curtail the Johannesburg leg of its festival due to a funding shortfall.

The People to People International Documentary Conference will, however, also benefit from, and share synergies with, a revived Sithengi market, which too is scheduled for September in Johannesburg.

Registration for the conference, which is to engage urgent issues confronting documentary film and society, will open in July.