Festival Awards

Adiaha Women’s Documentary Award

The Ladima Foundation is excited to be able to present the Adiaha Award for Best Documentary Film by an African woman at this year’s 22nd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. The Award is a way to both recognise and incentivise women from across the continent to tell their stories through the powerful medium of documentary film. Previous winners have included Samantha Biffot for The African Who Wanted to Fly, and Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann for New Moon. The winner of the 2020 Award will receive $2000 towards their next production and an invitation to attend the Dortmund Cologne International Women’s Film Festival 2021 in Germany, where their film will be screened.

A winner will be selected from the five eligible films for this year by an all-woman jury of film practitioners from across Africa including Theresa Hill (Manager, STEPS, South Africa), Dina Naser (Filmmaker, Palestine, Jordan); Patience Asaba Katushabe (Filmmaker, Kampala, Uganda).





THERESA HILLTheresa Hill is manager at STEPS, a media for social change non-profit organisation.  She has worked on the award-winning Steps for the FutureWhy Democracy? and Why Poverty? projects over the last 20 years. She is the acquisitions manager for the free-to-view Afridocs online documentary platform. She is a Ladima Foundation board member and has participated in various film festival juries and selection panels.




PATIENCE KATUSHABEPatience Asaba Katushabe is a Ugandan based producer, she has worked on a host of short films, features, documentaries, and music videos including Queen of Katwe and A Fork, A Spoon, A Knight both by Oscar-nominee Mira Nair; three music videos commissioned by Universal Studios; FESPACO winner Mercy of The Jungle by Joel Karekezi and N.G.O. (Nothing Going On) by Arnold Aganze. She was also part of UNESCO’s Young Filmmakers Program as a producer and mentor and she worked at Maisha Film Lab for 5 years as coordinator and producer.

She’s currently producing her first feature documentary “Are You Wearing You!?” in development with Nikissi Serumaga and Lesedi Oluko Moche.

Patience is the co-founder of The Duuka with Nikissi Serumaga Jamo




Dina NaserA Jordanian director and producer of Palestinian roots, Dina first graduated with a BA in Art and Graphic Design in 2003. And in 2013, Dina was granted the Docnomads scholarship program for Master Degree Documentary Filmmaking in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. Post graduating, she followed her passion for filmmaking, and worked her way through diverse TV & film productions. She then transitioned behind the camera, and began to independently direct and produce. Dina’s devotion for films is inspired by people who are seemingly ordinary, until you learn of their unsung circumstances, and by stories that spring from her homeland in Palestine. Her subjects are presented with poise and untainted perception, often touching on the veiled layers of certain communities and habitats.

The eligible films are:

Finding Sally | Ethiopia / Canada | Tamara Mariam Dawit

Mother to Mother | South Africa | Sara Christina Ferreira de Gouveia

Rumba in the Jungle: The Return | South Africa | Yolanda Keabetswe Mogatusi

Tin Soldiers | South Africa | Odette Schwegler

Help or Hindrance? The Sullivan Principles in apartheid South Africa | Sharon Farr and & Lee Otten

Beyond My Steps | Angola | Kamy Lara

Join us for the live event on Sunday, 30th August when the winner will be announced – details to be confirmed.

About The Ladima Foundation

The Ladima Foundation is a Pan-African non-profit organisation founded with the aim of contributing to correcting the major imbalances within the film, TV and content industries. Through a number of initiatives, The Ladima Foundation supports, trains, and mentors women in a variety of roles within the film, TV, and content spaces.

Through partnerships and collaborations in various countries, as well as through Pan-African networks and interventions, the Ladima Foundation is committed to developing training, networking, and related opportunities for women professionals who demonstrate their seriousness and commitment to their craft.

The Ladima Foundation focuses on a number of key initiatives such as training via the Ladima Academy, festival development via The Ladima Foundation African Women Film Festivals Network, recognition through the Adiaha Award in Documentary Film, and networking via the online database and community of the A-List.

The Encounters / Gauteng Film Commission Award

Encounters and The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC)
Are proud to present the award for
Best South African / African Film
At the 22nd Encounters South African International Documentary Festival

The award winner will receive a cash prize of R10,000.00

For the first time in the history of the Festival, a jury of three Arts Journalists from around the country will select the winner.

Encounters is pleased to announce the jury.


Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling is a trusted independent film authority who reviews, writes, hosts, judges, podcasts and broadcasts about his lifelong passion, film. Having established the SPL!NG movie brand in 2007, Spling is best known for his weekly review on 2Oceansvibe.com and presenting Talking Movies on FMR 101.3FM.




I am a Joburg based lifestyle and arts reporter at #Trending which is the lifestyle supplement at the City Press newspaper. I am an award-winning film writer who also contributes to Rotten Tomatoes. I have also recently appeared on Cape Talk radio to contribute to a segment covering the latest in streaming releases. For two years consecutively I have placed in the top three journalists both at the Legends Awards conducted internally at Media 24, as well as the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards in which excellence in journalism on a national level is recognised. I have been at the City Press since 2016.




For more than 20 years, I have critically covered the arts for many publications. In 2003, I created an arts writing teaching programme, which I have taught at several SA universities. In 2014, I started My View, a repository of independent critical reviews and interview-based arts stories.

Join us for the closing ceremony live event on Sunday 30th August 2020, 7.30pm.