The latest news from the Encounters Film Festival.


Strong Island director, Yance Ford to join Encounters

Encounters is thrilled to announce that Strong Island director, Yance Ford will be joining the Festival this year.
Screenings of Strong Island: 

Tues, 6 June at 8:15pm + Q&A, Labia Theatre, Cape Town
Sun, 11 June at 5:30pm, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


Virtual Encounters to open in Johannesburg this weekend!
Encounters, in partnership with the Goethe Institut, is thrilled to present its first instalment of Virtual Encounters in Johannesburg this weekend.
Come check out the latest in all things VR from 2 June – 4 June
Goethe Institut

Exhibition Opening Hours
2 June 10am – 8pm
3 June 10am – 6pm
4 June 10am – 6pm
119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg


Panelists for Black Filmmakers Forum now confirmed
Encounters is thrilled to announce the panellists for the Black Filmmakers Forum discussion: Sylvia Vollenhoven, Vuyokazi Matu and  Weeam Williams will be in conversation about the role of broadcasters and how their support or lack thereof affects us on a local and international level.
Sun, 11 June
1pm – 2pm
Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
R50 entrance, DFA members FREE


Encounters guest director, Jan Gassmann, to engage with film students
Visiting Encounters guest director, Jan Gassmann, will conduct a master class at the University of Cape Town entitled "Working on the frontier: In between fiction and non-fiction"
Non-UCT students welcome to attend but please RSVP to Julia Cain before 1 June 2017
Wed, 7th June
9am – 11am Screening of Europe, She Loves
11am - 1pm Master Class
AC Jordan Building, 4A
Upper Campus
University of Cape Town 


Encounters Industry Events Day in Johannesburg announced
Encounters, in partnership with the Goethe Institut, will be hosting an industry events day in Johannesburg. The event is free and the Festival encourages filmmakers, industry and students to attend.
Please see the programme below:
10:00 – 10:30      Gauteng Film Commission presentation
10:30 – 11:30      Uprize! case study by filmmaker Sifiso Khanyile
11:45 – 12:15      Shaun Wilson (Awaken VR)
12:15 – 13: 15    Nairobi Berries VR filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii
1:15                      Goethe Institut reception
Goethe Institut
119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg


Award winning Kenyan artist and filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii in conversation about VR
Award-winning filmmaker, animator and photographer Ng'endo Mukii, in conversation with New Dimensions series producer Steven Markovitz, about the driving forces behind her film Nairobi Berries, how Virtual Reality can open up a whole new world of storytelling possibilities for filmmakers and the present VR landscape in Africa.
Saturday 3rd June
12:15pm - 13:15pm
Goethe Institut
119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg


Last Men in Aleppo, Firas Fayyad will not be joining Encounters this year
Encounters has just had confirmation that Last Men in Aleppo director, Firas Fayyad will no longer be joining the Festival this year. 
Last Men in Aleppo is a Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance this year and not to be missed!
Screenings of Last Men in Aleppo: 
Sun, 4 June at 5pm, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Tues, 6 June at 7pm, Bioscope, Johannesburg
Wed 7 June at 8:45 pm, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Sat 10, 11 June at 8:30pm, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


Whose Streets? directors to engage with youth
“A small group of dedicated people can change the world”
Join Whose Streets? directors Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan as they present a workshop on how citizen journalism and activism from the ground up, can change attitudes and spark movements.
Sun 4 June
14:45 - 16:00
Workshop 17, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town