Documentaries: Encounters’ 2010 winners

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After a 17-day run in Cape Town and a satellite run in Johannesburg, Encounters announced the winners of the annual Audience Awards for Best South African and International Documentary of the 12th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2010, held in Joburg on 18-29 Aug. 2010.

•Best South African Documentary winner – “The 16th Man” directed by Clifford Bestall
•Best International Documentary winner – “Of Heart and Courage: Béjart Ballet Lausanne” directed by Arantxa Aguirre.
•Second South African runner-up – “Afrikaaps” directed by Dylan Valley
•Third South African runner-up – “Thembi” directed by Jo Menell
•Second international runner-up – “Yes Men Fix the World” directed by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno
•Third international runner-up – “Sathima's Windsong” directed by Daniel A Yon

The audience award referee, Professor Tim Dunne, Head of Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town, analysed the eligible ballot forms submitted by the Cape Town festival-goers. The NFVF is the primary sponsor of the Festival and the City of Cape Town came on board and pledged their support. This Festival and its projects are supported by: The National Film and Video Foundation is the primary sponsor of the Festival. Encounters is made possible by the further support of the City of Cape Town, Cape Film Commission, Provincial Government of Western Cape, Arts & Culture Trust & Breadline Africa, The Times, Nu Metro, Tempest Car Hire, Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, French Embassy, British Council, Goethe Institut, German Consulate General Cape Town and Cape Town TV.

The Festival was organised on a minimal budget, due to funding challenges.