Wednesday, June 11, 2014

16th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival Industry Events

16th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, 5-15 June 2014, Cape Town & Johannesburg


SCORING DOCUMENTARY: Composing Masterclass with Philip Miller and Ben Ludik

In the desperate marathon race of filmmaking, a documentary’s soundtrack may be its most compromised and underappreciated element. However, two of the most powerful local films in the Encounters 2014 programme, 'Miners Shot Down' and 'I, Afrikaner,' prove otherwise, with original scores by two of South Africa’s most eminent film composers: Philip Miller, collaborator of William Kentridge, and a composer of works for feature film, television and theatre; and Ben Ludik whose compositions can be heard in recent acclaimed local features 'Skoonheid' and 'Die Wonderwerker.' Chaired by Dr Ian Rijsdijk of the University of Cape Town’s Film department, this Master Class focuses on a scene-by-scene analysis of the inspiration, instrumentation and process of supporting the image with the power of music.

WHEN: Thursday, 12 June 17:30-19:30


WHERE: The Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building, Hiding Campus, University of Cape Town (UCT,) Cape Town

This event is supported by the Michaelis School of Fine Arts, UCT

FINAL CUT FOR REAL: Creative Producing Master Class with Anne Köhncke

With a slate that includes Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing, TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard, Cathedrals of Culture, Concerning Violence and The Human Scale, Final Cut For Real is one of the industry’s foremost production companies specializing in high-end, creative documentaries with auteur filmmakers. In her Master Class, company co-founder and producer, Anna Köhncke, will discuss how she collaborates with directors and works with her production team, tackling each project from different angles to get a film up and running, right through to launching it on the international market.

WHEN: Saturday 14 June 10:00 – 13:00


WHERE: Big Fish / The Foundry, 74 Cardiff Rd, Greenpoint, Cape Town

This event is supported by the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking


Al Jazeera Commissioning Editors will convey the Broadcasters’ vision for programming, commissioning guidelines and respond to questions from the Industry. The presentation will be followed by a cocktail event and networking.

Diarmuid Jeffreys
An award-winning journalist and television producer with 30 years’ experience in the media industry, Jeffreys has been an executive producer at Al Jazeera English since 2008.  Now based in Doha, he is responsible for its People & Power investigative current affairs programme and a range of other documentaries across the network.

Dominique Young
A senior producer based in Al Jazeera English’s bureau in London, Young commissions a wide range of documentaries on African and Middle Eastern subject matter, for broadcast in the channel’s flagship observational documentary strand, Witness, as well as other documentary seasons.

Al Jazeera English is an international news channel, with over sixty bureaux spanning six different continents. Established in 2006, it has continued to grow in reach and popularity due to its global coverage, especially from under-reported regions. The channel currently broadcasts to over 250m households across 130 countries. Its in-depth approach to journalism has won it numerous awards and plaudits over the years, including RTS News Channel of the Year 2012, Freesat Best News Channel, the Columbia Journalism Award, a DuPont award, and a George Polk award.

WHEN: Saturday 14 June 17:30 – 19:30

This e event is FREE, but please RSVP.

WHERE: 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Cape Town

This event is supported by the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking.


Email: Asanda Mankayi,
Tel: (021) 465 4686
Payment for events at the door. Bursaries are available for Film Students and emerging filmmakers.
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