Encounters Festival Announces New Opportunity for African Documentary Filmmakers
The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, in collaboration with Bertha Foundation and The Guardian (UK), has announced a new opportunity for African documentary filmmakers – Brief Encounters: An Online Short Documentary Pitching Forum & Development Prize.

Filmmakers from across the continent are invited to pitch ideas for documentaries of between 5-20 minutes in length. 10 – 15 projects will be pre-selected and these filmmakers will pitch in one-on-one sessions with Charlie Phillips, The Guardian’s Head of Documentaries. The event will take place during the Encounters Documentary Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Cape Town.

Selected applicants who cannot attend will be able to participate via Skype.

The winning pitch will receive a Bertha-Encounters-Guardian Development Prize of US $2,000. The award is intended for research, development and initial production of the winning pitch.

The process will be mentored by Charlie Philips and Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Director of Social Impact Media at Bertha Foundation. The winner, however, is not guaranteed a commission from The Guardian.

Applicants should submit a one page proposal that includes a brief synopsis and treatment; Biographies of filmmakers should be no more than a paragraph; Links to previous works and promo of proposal, if available; a Skype address.

Only the first 100 submissions will be considered.

Send to: pa@encounters.co.za with Brief Encounters in the subject line.

Submission deadline: May 20, 2016 at 4pm SAST.

Brief Encounters is aimed at relevant, original, stand-alone films (ideally not shortened versions of feature length films) that will appeal to a wide audience. Projects can be on any subject and it is strongly advised that interested filmmakers watch as many of The Guardian docs as possible to get a sense of the kinds of subjects and style. Do so here.

Call for entries for the International Film Festival of Zambia

Vilole Images Productions (VIP) announced that the Shungu Namutitima (Smoke That Thunders) International Film Festival of Zambia (SHUNAFFoZ) is open for entries. The festival is inviting local and international filmmakers to submit their documentaries, short films and full-length feature films for the festival that will run from 2 to 10 December 2016 in Livingstone, Zambia.

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, under the theme 'Inclusive Communities', the festival will accept Zambian and African films into the competition. Besides the theatrical, institutional and community screenings, lined-up are film forums and conferences. Also planned is a set of film skills and production workshops and forums filled with activities. It will conclude with a gala and award night on 10 December 2016 at Maramba Culture Village.


- The film(s) should have good production and entertainment quality
- The film(s) may be entered for competition or out of competition
- The film(s) should have been produced within the last five years
- Films submitted into the competition will be adjudicated by a jury/juries selected by the festival and the competition decision(s) by the jury shall be final
- The audience will also have the privilege to award a feature film of their choice, and movies from all over the world are legible to enter for the competition

Deadline for submissions is 10 August 2016.

Email the festival coordinator for additional information at festdirect@viloleimages.com or visit the Vilole Images Productions website.