Nouveau Hosts 20th South African International Documentary Festival And Sponsors Encounters Youth Experience Award

An extraordinary non-fiction experience awaits South African audiences at Ster-Kinekor cinemas at Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, and the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town this June. The highly anticipated Encounters annual festival makes its way to the screens and the hearts of non-fiction fanatics from 31 May to 10 June.

Encounters, the leading Creative Documentary Festival in the country and Africa, has once again partnered with Ster-Kinekor to exhibit award-wining documentaries from around the world.

Moreover, in addition to hosting the festival at these two cinemas, Nouveau is excited to announce its sponsorship of the inaugural EYE (Encounters Youth Experience) Award. This award will be judged by a Cape Town based panel of 3 young industry jurors, and will be presented to the best South African short documentary screened during the festival.

“As the country’s leading exhibitor, our involvement with Encounters and sponsoring of the second EYE Award gives us a great opportunity to entrench our commitment further to developing the local film industry, and supporting South Africa’s exciting, rising young talent,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales at Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

“Continued focus on the youth market at our cinemas is a key sector element of our marketing strategy. This sponsorship opportunity further strengthens that strategy, and enables us to interact with some of the country’s developing young talent within the sector, whose careers are just starting to take off.”

The Encounters Youth Jury connoisseurs comprises of:

  • Khanyisile Mazibuko (23), is an actress, talk-show host and filmmaking student. A National School of the Arts alumni and the director of award winning short film, “Zeroni”
  • Beth Ribeiro (20) is a final-year student in Screen Production and Drama at UCT.
  • Shari Mwanika (21) is an aspirant Ugandan filmmaker who storytelling is an extension of who she is and that passion has moulded her

The festival will facilitate comprehensive screening and workshop programme aimed at bringing South African documentary to young audiences. This initiative shows continued support to young film-makers in this genre and to the practical craft of documentary filmmaking.

With a selection of 37 local and international features and short films, this year’s youth focus and award encourages younger audiences and filmmakers to attend the festival and appreciate this broad arena of filmmaking.

Bookings are now open and festival tickets prices are R 60.00 For more information about the Encounters Documentary Festival screening at Nouveau, visit Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz using #EncountersDoc2018, and on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For any queries, call Ticketline on 0861Movies (668 437).

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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