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23 July 2009

Press Release - Encounters announces Audience Award Winners

11th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2008

Encounters announces Audience Award winners

The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is proud to announce the Winners of this year’s Audience Award.

The Best South African Documentary winner is:

Fokofpolisiekar “forgive them for they know not what they do” directed by Bryan Little.

And the Best International Documentary winner is:

RIP: A remix manifesto directed by Brett Gaylor (Canada)

Fokofpolisiekar received the highest votes overall.

The audience award referee Professor Tim Dunne, Head of Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town analyzed 6245 ballot forms submitted by the Cape Town festival-goers.

“It is evident from this year’s Encounters that there is a recognizable demand for celebrated documentaries in the country. This year we experienced several sold out screenings, and held some of the most interesting Q&A’s and panel discussions”, said Festival Director Mandisa Zitha.

The Festival experienced financial difficulties prior to its commencement, before embarking upon a public campaign to raise funds for this year’s edition.

Zitha further added that, “the Festival funders, partners and Friends of the Festival really made the Festival possible. We are grateful that they showed their commitment and enthusiasm for the Festival. Of course it would all be in vain without our audience, who attended in large numbers to get their annual dose of the independent non-fiction genre”.

This year’s line-up featured many award-winning films and festival favourites. The final programme of 40 films - including 20 local documentaries, was derived from a record entry of over 600 films from around the world. Of the 8 sold out film screenings experienced during the Festival, four were local ones.

Between the 2nd and 19th July, 10,248 doccie lovers walked through the Encounters cinemas at the Nu Metro, V&A Waterfront. This is a 25% increase on last year’s attendance numbers.

The Top 5 South African Films are:

1. Fokofpolisiekar by Bryan Little

2. Rewind by Liza Key

3. For Which I am Prepared to Die by Lindy Wilson

4. Sea Point Days by Francois Verster

5. The Invincibles by Mark J Kaplan

The Top 5 International Films are:

1. RIP: A remix manifesto by Brett Gaylor

2. Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman

3. Burma VJ – Reporting From a Closed Country by Anders Hǿgsbro Ǿtergaard

4. Music from the Inside Out by Daniel Anker

5. Rough Aunties by Kim Longinotto

This Festival and its projects are 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, Cape Town Magazine.

For general queries contact:

Refiloe Khobane

Production Assistant

(021) 465 4686


Mandisa Zitha

Festival Director

(021) 465 4686


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