What’s up at En­coun­ters

IN­TER­VIEW

CityPress - - T# - GRETHE KOEN grethe.koen@city­press.co.za

It’s safe to say that Dar­ryl Els is a friend of the doc­u­men­tary. Not only is he the co-founder and pro­gramme di­rec­tor of The Bio­scope (the best and some­times only place to watch doc­cies and indie movies in Joburg), he is also the di­rec­tor of the En­coun­ters SA In­ter­na­tional Doc­u­men­tary Fes­ti­val.

Els has an am­bi­tious vi­sion and has taken the fes­ti­val from a sim­ple line-up of screen­ings to an all-en­com­pass­ing ex­pe­ri­ence where au­di­ences can en­gage with direc­tors, where in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als can learn new as­pects of their craft and where as­pi­rant film mak­ers can pitch ideas to ma­jor me­dia out­lets.

“It’s all about ex­plor­ing the doc­u­men­tary in all its forms,” he told #Trend­ing this week.

Els wants au­di­ences this year to re­ally ex­plore the En­coun­ters pro­gramme be­cause there’s just so much on of­fer.

Direc­tors, in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and writ­ers will be on hand to chat, and there will be work­shops and mas­ter­classes for film mak­ers, live mu­sic, and the brand-new Vir­tual En­coun­ters com­po­nent, which fea­tures mul­ti­di­men­sional doc­u­men­taries that you can ex­pe­ri­ence through vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets. “It’s a lot more am­bi­tious than ever be­fore,” he says. No doubt.

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