Encounters faces closure

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After two applications the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) responded on 31 May, and declined the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival’s request for funding.

“This is a call to action to all documentary fans, filmmakers and the media to save our festival,” says board member Mandisa Ralane. “Encounters has a proud two decade legacy of bringing the best documentary films to South African audiences but will be unable to continue unless R700 000 is raised in the next week.”

“It is sad that it should happen at this juncture, at the last minute, after years of providing a platform to so many filmmakers to present their work, aiding filmmakers with development of their films into marketable and distributable products, providing training, skills transfer and other opportunities to so many, particularly aspiring filmmakers from historically disadvantaged communities,” says this year’s guest festival director Reggie Khanzi.

The 20th edition of Encounters opened on 31 May with Whispering Truth to Power, Shameela Seedat’s award-winning film about Thuli Madonsela’s last year in office. The 2018 festival will run until 10 June.

The festival board urgently asks you to support Encounters by contacting https://www.thundafund.com/project/helpsaveencounters

 

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