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Documentary Submission Rules

Festival dates10-20 June 2021

Deadline for submissionsMarch 31, 2021, 5pm (UTC+2)


  • No films to be submitted without complete entry forms
  • All DVDs to be clearly labelled
  • All submissions to include the following:
    • approx. 150 word synopsis
    • minimum 2 stills from the film as a JPEG (300 dpi),
    • complete filmography/biography of the director
  • Screeners and any promotional material submitted will not be returned to the sender
  • No material sent at charge of the Festival will be accepted
  • All DVD preview screeners to be submitted in PAL or NTSC format
  • In the event of your film being selected, it must be available in Blu-Ray Disc or DCP in English or with English subtitles
  • The holder of copyright authorises the Festival to make excerpts, of a maximum of three minutes, available to television channels and for use on the Encounters website for the promotion of the film and the festival.
  • Please submit a promotional trailer to be screened during the Festival should your film be selected.


The Encounters Festival presents the following awards at the end of the Festival:

  • Audience Award – Best South African Film
  • Audience award – Best International Film

Contact the Festival Office

Postal Address

PO Box 2228,
Cape Town 8000,
South Africa