Monday, June 22, 2009

Encounters Press Release

11th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival
2-19 July, Nu Metro cinemas, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
For full details please go to

Press Release
22 June 2009

Al-Jazeera at Encounters 2009
Encounters is pleased to announce that Jonathan Powell, head of Acquisitions of Al-Jazeera Network, will be attending Encounters from 2 to 9 July. Powell is actively seeking to buy existing product and is interested in co-financing new projects.

Completed documentaries: Encounters is calling on all filmmakers who have rights available for Al-Jazeera to submit their completed film which will be handed to Powell on his arrival.
The DVD must be properly labelled (title, running time, year of production, contact details including telephone email). Powell will contact you during the course of his visit if he is interested in acquiring your film.

Co-financing: Proposals for co-finance must include:
1 page synopsis
1 page biography of director and company profile
Finance plan and budget including commitments from other sources
All contact details
Trailer or promo if available

Deliver all DVDs and documents to: Refiloe Khobane at Encounters, 1st Floor 27 Caledon Street, Cape Town 8001 or email documents to Refiloe at
Deadline for delivery: 30 June 2009.
If there is interest in your project, Powell will schedule meetings with you from Saturday 4 July to Wednesday 8 July in Cape Town.

Encounters is supported by:
The National Film and Video Foundation, Cape Film Commission, Jan Vrijman Fund/IDFA, Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Vivien Cohen and the Human Elephant Foundation, the Africa Centre, French Embassy, British Council, High Commission of Canada, Business & Arts South Africa, Tempest Car Hire, Goodman Gallery, The Times, Exclusive Books, Nu Metro and Cape Town TV.

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