Years running: 23 (since 1999)


South African international documentary film festival.


South Africa's only film festival devoted exclusively to documentaries. Besides the main screenings and the competition, the festival program also embraces a number of workshops, debates and large professional section with The Documentary Co-Production Forum (DCF). DCF is a joint initiative between Encounters Documentary Festival and Sithengi Film and Television Market to provide Southern African documentary filmmakers the opportunity find local and international broadcast and co-production partners.


An Audience Award which is awarded to Best South African Film & Best International  Film at the end of the Festival.


  • Fill out entry form,
  • All submissions to include the following: approx. 200 word synopsis, minimum 2 stills from the film as a JPEG (300 dpi), complete filmography/biography of the director

Screening Media Type: Blu-Ray Disc, DVD or DCP

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



South Africa
Cape Town

Official Website


Postal Address:
PO BOX 2228
Cape Town
South Africa

Telephone: + 27 21 465 4686
Fax: + 27 21 461 6964

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    March 31, 2021
  • Event Dates
    10 — 20 June 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Deadline — free
  • Deadline — $15
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