Encounters Industry Events for your Diary

Encounters Industry Events for your Diary

Encounters Industry Events for your Diary

DFA docSHARE: The ‘Brave’ Ethics Panel 

Sat 25 June: 11am – 1pm
Goethe-Institut. 119 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg

In this  inter-generational conversation between emerging and established filmmakers, we map approaches to ethics in South African documentary and explore a range of responses to some of the key ethical questions: “How do we create spaces of care and compassion while telling powerful stories?” and “How do we honour responsibility to participants?” Join the discussion to unpack the issues that lie at the heart of ethical practice in documentary filmmaking from the Global South.
Supported by the Documentary Filmmakers’ Association in partnership with the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University
DFA docCHAT: Deep Dive into Tactical Distribution and Industry Trends

Wed 29 June: 3-6pm


“Good films stand out, but make sure you are passionate about your film and that you know how to position it.” – Mandisa Zitha, Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

Join us as we demystify the distribution and commissioning of documentaries. DFA board member, Khanyi Magubane hosts Rachel Gordon, author of the hot off the press book, The Documentary Distribution Toolkit, and Nicola van Niekerk, commissioning editor of the popular South African true crime series, Devilsdorp. Rachel’s experience and theories will act as a practical guide to reaching audiences and Nicola will invite us into the world of broadcast, mapping the ever-growing VOD landscape and current industry trends.

docCHAT is a bi-monthly webinar and virtual coffee date hosted by the Documentary Filmmakers AssociationPresented by Encounters in association with the Documentary Filmmakers’ Association


DFA docSHARE: Legal Tango

Sat 2 July: 10am – 1pm
Bertha House, 67 –  69 Main Rd, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7700

Award-winning filmmaker, lawyer and DFA board member, Shameela Seedat, hosts Legal Tango – a conversation with filmmakers about both the common and unexpected legal challenges that arose during their filmmaking processes. Speakers include award-winning filmmaker Richard Gregory, whose film The Radical, about ‘the world’s first openly gay Imam (Muhsin Hendricks) and his fight for LGBQTI rights, involved a negotiation of various sensitive character and community relationships, as well as Thandi Davids, the renowned producer behind Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star, a now-famous Netflix docuseries that investigated the unresolved murder of South Africa’s beloved football captain and which also opened up an array of complex and novel legal issues for the filmmakers.

Supported by Documentary Filmmakers’ Association