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BBC creates an alliance of prestigious film festivals to co-curate the line-up of LongShots, its non-fiction film festival

After the success of its first edition, BBC Reel’s online film festival LongShots returns this summer with a new format and attitude. The BBC has created an unprecedented alliance of 13 prestigious film festivals from around the globe to showcase the most exciting current works in non-fiction that embody this year’s motto Age of Bloom.

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“It was an exceedingly difficult decision to select the winners for the Programmer’s Choice Awards. This year we were spoiled for choice with a wide range of excellent films that creatively stretched the documentary form to bring us fresh perspectives on important issues.”  says Mandisa Zitha, Festival Director.

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After intense negotiations, the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has acquired one of the hottest, most acclaimed films of 2021. The film can only have a limited theatrical release as part of the Festival, with just three screenings at the...

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Ladima Foundation presents The Adiaha Award at Encounters 2021

The Ladima Foundation is excited to present The Adiaha Award for Best Documentary Film by an African woman at this year’s 23rd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. Previous winners have included Samantha Biffot for The African Who Wanted to Fly, Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann for New Moon and Tamara Mariam Dawit for Finding Sally.

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Encounters announces opening night film

The award-winning, gut-punching docuthriller, PRESIDENT, which follows the corruption-riddled 2018 Zimbabwean elections, has been announced as the opening night film for the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, which takes place “virtually everywhere”  from 10 to 20 June 2021.

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Extraordinary South African and African films come to Encounters

From the mysterious assassination of a South African icon, to an animated documentary of one of Sea Point’s legendary figures, as well as activists, miners, circuses and athletes, the 2021 Encounters South African International Documentary Festival once again brings audiences closer to the very best in documentary-making from the African Continent.

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