Encounters Industry Events

Encounters Industry Events

Encounters Talks offer high quality industry discussions presented in partnership with Documentary Filmmakers Association, Wesgro, Swiss Films, DOK.fest Munich, Electric South, UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of the Western Cape Centre for Humanities Research and FNB.

This year’s programme focuses on critical and urgent issues facing the documentary industry. From navigating the landscape during Covid19, online platforms, alternative distribution strategies, effecting social change through the genre and deep-diving conversations about the craft. We introduce you to our expert speakers, leaders in the field, who will offer insights, including awards-winning producers, film influencers, VR artists, festival programmers, funders, government stakeholders and filmmakers.

We welcome; Mathieu Béjot, Director of Strategy & Development (Sunny Side of the Doc); Charlotte Cook, Co-Creator and Executive Producer (Field of Vision), Brian Newman, Founder (Sub-Genre), Thandi Davids, Executive Producer and Head of Development (StoryScope); Stéphane Riethauser, (MADAME), Sharon Ryba-Kahn (DISPLACED), Monica Rorvik, Head of Film and Media Promotion (Wesgro) and Caitlin Robinson, Creative Producer and Entertainment Strategist (Scatter & Electric South). See the daily schedule below or online at https://encounters.co.za/industry-events/

ALL INDUSTRY EVENTS WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED ON ENCOUNTERS FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE CHANNELS.


FRI 21 AUG

2pm – 4pm

VIRTUAL ENCOUNTERS: Why choose VR, what to expect and how to adapt as a non-fiction storyteller.

Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r2zTM0jJS1axC8TsSlIdKw

DYLAN VALLEY: Director and Lecturer of Film and Television Studies, University of Cape Town           

NYASHA KADANDARA: Freelance Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker

JUMOKE SANWO: Storyteller, Cultural Producer, VR Film Director. Creative Director at Revolving Art Incubator.           

MODERATOR: CAITLIN ROBINSON: Creative Producer and Entertainment Strategist at Scatter & Electric South.


MON 24 AUG

2pm – 4pm

KEY NOTE INDUSTRY EVENT: View of documentary in a Covid and post-Covid-society.

Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WqiHQ9j4S5mwztLsxDpkhA

BRIAN NEWMAN: Founder at Sub-Genre           

THANDI DAVIDS: Executive Producer & Head of Development at StoryScope           

MATHIEU BÉJOT: Director of Strategy & Development at Sunny Side of the Doc, courtesy of IFAS.           

MODERATOR: MONICA RORVIK: Head of Film and Media Promotion Unit at Wesgro


TUE 25 AUG

10am – 11:30am

FNB EMERGING FILMMAKERS AND “HOW TO FINANCE” WORKSHOP

Bank accounts and conduct thereof, how to register a company, run a bank account ect. Within the presentation FNB will speak about the tools on their banking app to assist creatives with accounting/invoicing etc.

Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QNUPFsq5ScKsaqllZ0lNuA

THABANI GUMEDE: Business Manager at FNB


TUE 25 AUG

2pm – 4pm

IN CONVERSATION with SWISS filmmaker Stéphane Riethauser, Director of MADAME

Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h5gBOzBMQ02y3C1UhsXd

STÉPHANE RIETHAUSER: Director of MADAME           

INTERVIEWER: PETER MACHEN: Writer, Artist and Film Curator


WED 26 AUG

11am – 12:30pm

HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE REPRESENTATION OF AFRICA

How can films exploring human rights abuses within Africa challenge both stereotypical representations of the continent as well as inherited models of justice, modernity and culture? A discussion on Maia Lekow and Chris King’s THE LETTER.

Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tzslpCu2T8eoVaAu5NfamQ

STEVE AKOTH: Scholar and Activist, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape           

VALMONT LAYNE: Next Generation Scholar, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape

CHRISTIE VAN ZYL: Deputy Secretary, Ubombam’ Luvuyo Traditional Healers’ Forum

MAIA LEKOW: Co-Director, THE LETTER           

CHRISTOPHER KING: Co-Director, THE LETTER           

MODERATOR: FRANCOIS VERSTER: Director, Producer


WED 26 AUG

2pm – 4pm

WOMEN IN DOCUMENTARY: Exploring barriers, opportunities and representation.

Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qiVPziQiSrKdGBAkpcXHrg

 ASHLEIGH DA SILVA: Director, BLEND           

YOLANDA KEABETSWE MOGATUSI: Director, RUMBA IN THE JUNGLE – THE RETURN

MAMAPONYA MOTSAI: Director, ENNIE           

YOLANDA NCOKOTWANA: Production & Development Manager – Non -Fiction, NFVF           

MODERATOR: XOLISWA SITHOLE: Documentary Director & Producer, Nayanaya Pictures and Yanaya Gender and Dialogue Film Festival


THU 27 AUG

11am – 12:30pm

VIRTUAL ENCOUNTERS : Whose Immersive Media? A closer look at IM in Africa – its reach and why documentary filmmakers should pay attention to its impact.

Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7BD0iyJ6TRuuFOxk_t-YQA

GARETH STEELE: Art Director, Eden Labs           

JUDITH OKONKWO: Founder, Imisi3D           

BRIAN AFANDE: Co-founder and Managing Director, BlackRhino VR           

MODERATOR: INGRID KOPP: Co-founder and Co-Director of Electric South, renowned expert on VR, interactive and immersive storytelling. Former lead for the Tribeca Film Institute’s digital and interactive programmes. Member of Immersive Africa.


THU 27 AUG

2pm – 4pm

THE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT: Funding in uncertain times – what’s available and how to fund it.

Funding a documentary film has never been an easy task, but Covid-19 has made this an even greater challenge. We invite representatives of the NFVF, the GFC, the KZNFC and SASFED to address how filmmakers can access funds, Covid-19 relief funds and the screen sector relief fund.

Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t02vsf8HRIuTjQ7ncdTwJw

DESMOND MTHEMBU: Senior Manager ISD, Gauteng Film Commission (GFC)           

JACQUELINE MOTSEPE: Chief Operating Officer, KwaZulu Natal Film Commission (KZNFC)           

UNATHI MALUNGA: Executive Officer & Lobbyist , South African Screen Federation (SASFED)

YOLANDA NCOKOTWANA: Production & Development Manager – Non -Fiction, NFVF           

MODERATOR: MILLY MULAUDZI: SASFED co-chair and Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) board member


FRI 28 AUG

2pm – 4pm

IN CONVERSATION: DISTRIBUTION NOW

“Creative flexibility in pandemic times” with the Marketing, Distribution and Impact Producers behind the Oscar nominated film FOR SAMA.

Registration Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9YJoJYJuS7SnvCPU1eZksg

FOR SAMA, a love letter from a young mother to her daughter, tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

Since lockdown, distributors and impact producers have had to re-imagine access to audiences. On the commercial distribution side challenges include compensating for loss of income due to cinema closure, navigating prestigious awards entries with no cinematic release and deciding which online platforms to use. On the impact side the biggest challenges have been how to arrange synchronous viewing experiences and have meaningful conversations with audiences. Whatever, one thing is clear, how audiences interact with film has shifted and creative teams must find new ways to reach them. The FOR SAMA team harnessed equally ambitious commercial distribution and impact strategies. All will be revealed.

SARAH MOSSES: Founder & CEO, Together Films           

RACHAEL CHADWICK: Campaign Co-Director, Action For Sama           

ZAK BRILLIANT: Distribution Executive, Republic Distribution

CHRISTELLE RANDALL: Film Publicity Consultant           

MODERATOR/CO-ORGANISER: LIANI MAASDORP: Senior Lecturer: Film and TV Studies, University of Cape Town           

FACILITATOR/CO-ORGANISER: MIKI REDELINGHUYS: Filmmaker, Impact Producer, Co-Chair, DFA


PRE-RECORDED

AVAILABLE 24/7

SHORT FILMS: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND CHOOSING A PLATFORM    

CHARLOTTE COOK: Co-Creator & Executive Producer, Field of Vision           

INTERVIEWER: SIMON WOOD: Director and Cinematographer, SaltPeter Productions

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