Support The Festival

To our sponsors, partners, filmmakers, friends and critics, we thank you for your long-standing support. Together we have transformed the documentary landscape in South Africa. Without you, we wouldn’t have made it to 17!

Through your generous support, Encounters continues to grow exponentially. Our audience profile now includes business leaders, activists, ambassadors and foreign cultural representatives, and the film industry we’re focused on developing.

Because of you, we have:

  • trained and supported filmmakers in South Africa and across the continent through the Encounters Laboratory
  • conducted workshops with leading industry professionals from around the globe
  • made the best documentaries from around the world available to all South Africans

The Encounters Training and Development Institute is a not-for-profit section 21 organization. Become a DocLover or Corporate sponsor of Encounters to continue being a part of this cultural revolution.


This is for individuals who wish to donate to the festival. Any amount is appreciated and will go a long way. Click the button below and follow the secure PayPal instructions.


After donating, if you would like your name included as a DocLover in the brochure, please email and write DocLover in the subject line.


We offer three corporate partnership options: Corporate Platinum, Corporate Gold and Corporate Muscle. We have a variety of perks available to our corporate partners – from advertising in our brochures to tax benefits, from sponsoring specific films to tickets to opening night. Please email Nazeer Ahmed, the festival operations manager, for more information. You can see some of our existing corporate partners below.

The Bioscope Cinema

Nu Metro cinemas

The Fugard Theatre
The Department of State, United States of America



Goethe Institut

HCI Foundation

Tempest Car Hire

University of Cape Town

K&i Design Studio