Support The Festival

Transforming the documentary landscape

To our sponsors, partners, filmmakers, friends and critics, we thank you for your long-standing support. Together we have transformed the documentary landscape in South Africa. Without you, we wouldn’t have made it this far!

Through your generous support, Encounters continues to grow exponentially. Our audience profile now includes business leaders, activists, ambassadors and foreign cultural representatives, and the film industry we’re focused on developing.

Because of you, we have:

Film Labs

…trained and supported filmmakers in South Africa and across the continent through the Encounters Laboratory.


…conducted workshops with leading industry professionals from around the globe.


…made the best documentaries from around the world available to all South Africans.

The Encounters Training and Development Institute is a not-for-profit section 21 organization. Become a DocLover or Corporate sponsor of Encounters to continue being a part of this cultural revolution.


This is for individuals who wish to donate to the festival. Any amount is appreciated and will go a long way. Our bank details are:

Account Name: Encounters Training & Development Institute
Bank Name: Nedbank
Branch: Gardens
Account number: 101 011 3518
Branch Code: 101009

After donating, if you would like your name included as a DocLover in the brochure, please email and write DocLover in the subject line.

Or, donate directly
through paypal!