WESGRO Presentation

Friday 5 June 2pm – 2.30pm
Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, The Foundry, 74 Cardiff Road, Green Point

Monica Rorvik, Film and Media Promotion manager for Wesgro (Western Cape tourism, investment and trade promotion agency), will elaborate on the film and media promotion service offered by the agency.


National Film & Video Foundation Engagement with Industry

Friday 5 June 2.45pm – 4pm
Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, The Foundry, 74 Cardiff Road, Green Point

The NFVF will present their Audience Development Research findings.

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1001 Stories Francois Verster Master Class

10am – 12pm Sunday 14 June
Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, The Foundry, 74 Cardiff Road, Green Point

Admission: R50 (free to film students and HDIs)

Francois Verster’s acclaimed and wide-ranging body of documentary work has firmly established him as one of our foremost contemporary filmmakers. In 2014, he was the first South African to be included in IDFA’s Masters section with his latest work, The Dream of Shahrazad. In this Master Class, Verster will explore the creative possibilities in alternative documentary narratives and styles – a discussion so important to South Africa, with its endless stories and perspectives – and how to get these alternative points of view noticed in the commercial-minded marketplace.

The A-Z of Democrats Camilla Nielsson Master Class

10am – 1pm Saturday 13 June
Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, The Foundry, 74 Cardiff Road, Green Point

Admission: R50 (free to film students and HDIs)

Behind the scenes of Nielsson’s award-winning Democrats is a film in itself. Shot in Zimbabwe, under a repressive regime in the throes of change, the film is a primer on crafting the pillars of story and character out of complex interpersonal dynamics as it navigates the risky byways of a sensitive, politically-charged environment. With a background in anthropology, Nielsson achieved the nigh impossible, near invisible she infiltrated the behind-the-scenes politics, earning the trust and respect of her subjects and allies, with respect and trust. This Master Class is an exceptional opportunity to join Nielsson as she revisits her process, from financing what seemed to be the most un-commercial of concepts, to premiering a documentary would take this Zimbabwean story around the world.

CitizenFour Panel Discussion

Sun 7, after the 5pm screening at Cinema Nouveau V&A
  • Murray Hunter, of the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign, Organiser of Secrecy and Securitisation.
  • Prof June Duncan from the University of Johannesburg, and author of Rise of the Securocrats: the case of South Africa
  • Judith February, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Security Studies

After the screening of CITIZENFOUR, join our panellists in an urgent discussion focusing on National Security, Surveillance, privacy and freedom of speech in both today and tomorrow’s South Africa.

Approaching the Elephant Panel Discussion

Wed 10 June, 6:30pm, The Labia
  • Carole Bloch is the Director of The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA), as well as leading a national, reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nali’Bali.
  • Prof Eric Atmore is Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Development at the University of Cape Town and Director of the Centre for Early Childhood Development.
  • Jacky Price is the President of the South African Montessori Association and principal of Blue Moon Montessori.

After the screening of Approaching The Elephant, this panel of education experts will be discussing alternative education in a South African context, and the prospects of education reform.

That Sugar Film Panel Discussion

Sat 13 June, 5:30pm, V&A Cinema Nouveau
  • Professor Tim Noakes (The Real Meal Revolution).
  • Simon Vilakazi of the Economic Justice Network.
  • Leonie Joubert (The Hungry Season: Feeding Southern Africa’s Cities)

In That Sugar Film, Australian actor Damon Gameau uses his own body to experiment with the dangers of hidden sugars, travelling from Aboriginal communities to the soft-drink-addicted Appalachias to high-tech food chemistry labs. In this post-screening discussion, Professor Tim Noakes, science writer Leonie Joubert and Simon Vilakazi of the Economic Justice Network investigate the reality of the sugar treat for South Africans, especially those made vulnerable by low incomes and related, unhealthy diets.

Law of the Land Panel Discussion

The Shore Break — Talks with the Legal Resources Centre
Saturday 13 June 5:30pm Labia

Documentary-activism in action! The discussion continues around the story of a disenfranchised Pondoland community that reverberates throughout the country. What does ‘free prior consent’ mean for rural communities? What does it mean in the context of development? Is there freedom in poverty? Is there a way of determining ‘prior’? Whose consent are we interested in? In this panel discussion, Odette Geldenhuys, The Shore Break producer and Webber Wentzel attorney, discusses these issues with Legal Resources Centre’s Henk Smith, Wilmien Wicomb and Sheldon Magardie about this battle of national importance.

Our Cape Town? Panel Discussion

Young Capetonians & Their City – Saturday 13 June 8pm Labia

How far can we say we’ve come, when our city centre remains accessible only to the few? When youth from the townships and Flats feel, are, isolated in the heart of what should be their home? In Ndi Vumeni: Faniswa and Jas Boude (screening in tandem) young women and men from Khayelitsha and Valhalla Park respectively take over the city – dancing and skating – their voices echoing on the stone-cold CBD streets. After the screening of their films, join the The Moving Stories dance group and the skaters of Jas Boude and the filmmakers who’ve captured their stories, in conversation with performance artist, Faniswa Yise, to discuss turning the Mother City into a space everyone call their own.

Crafting the Story Beats of the Antonov

13 June 2015, 14h00
Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, The Foundry, 74 Cardiff Road, Green Point
Admission: SAGE members and Inreach – free (please RSVP); Public: R50; Students and affiliates: R30
All payment will be at the door

The South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) talks to Khalid Shamis (SAGE member), and producer Steven Markovitz, about their collaboration with Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka on the Toronto award-winning Beats Of The Antonov.

Please RSVP by 11 June by emailing your details and the name of the event to


Personal Visions Riaan Hendricks, Steve Kwena Mokwena & Lebogang Rasethaba

Saturday 6 June 3pm Labia

Hendricks’, Mokwena’s and Rasethaba’s most recent works, all being screened at this year’s Encounters, (Wild Dog & Mrs Heart, Jazz Heart and Prisoner 467/64 respectively), are testament to their wildly different styles – from observational, historical, experimental – and backgrounds – in the arts, advertising and activism. But, what these established and emerging local directors have in common is a distinct sense of personal vision when it comes to subject matter and approach, while consistently creating acclaimed works in a challenging film industry. Join Dr. Litheko Modisane of UCT’s Centre for Film & Media in discussing the makings of art and a career with three of South Africa’s finest documentary auteurs.

Sound of Transkhanda

Encounters proudly hosts Ntombe Thongo, Eastern Cape ‘Transkhanda’ musician, live at the première of The Shore Break, for which he composed the memorable, local soundtrack. Born and raised in Mthambalala village, 25km from Port St Johns, this SAMA-award-winning artist blends traditional instruments such as Umrhubhe, uHadi, and a 12 string guitar with his background as a traditional healer. “Seventy percent of the things which I sing about come from my dreams”, he explains. “Music and healing go together. I am healing those who listen to my music”.