What’s up at Encounters
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.