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    2007 Festival Dates
13 - 22 July 2007

Cape Town
20 July - 5 August 2007
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These presentations will be attended by key SABC Commissioning Editors and Management.

The Encounters Documentary Festival’s theme in 2007 is Heritage: Visions from our past and present. Heritage encourages sensitivity to the indigenous existence of a people and their environment. It extends to the impact of human activity on their natural environment as well as differing ideas and perspectives on the issues of culture, identity; the preservation and representation thereof.

There is a growing need to interrogate the broader elements of heritage which include intangible and natural elements that speak to the 21st century challenges like:

1) The erosion and destruction of African traditions and beliefs; and
2) The threats presented by global warming to South Africa.

Genre Factual is offering a discussion platform to the industry and other stakeholders, an opportunity to engage with the issues of storytelling on the subject of heritage. The feedback received from this specific event will inform the
fundamental requirements of a brief that will be released to the industry in September 2007. The aim will be to identify projects for research and development purposes.

Entrance is free of charge. Collect tickets at the Box Office.
Jhb Sat 14 10am - 1pm CT Sat 28 July 2pm - 5pm

With the imminent entry of new players into the broadcasting fray, scarce capital is increasingly becoming one of the major impediments to the growth of the SA film industry.

There is therefore a need for the industry and broadcasters to explore new ways of raising funds and to develop relationships with other broadcasters and industry institutions. A key focus would be to explore ways in which we can build relationships with African broadcasters and filmmakers and develop partnerships to make films. Coproductions with other African countries would also help develop capacity in these countries to produce films.

The SABC is presenting a session where we will look at the scope and different dimensions to co-productions. Speakers include Howard Thomas from Busvannah Communications and African filmmakers who will be attending the masterclasses at the festival and well as industry players. A legal representative from the SABC will speak on the legal aspects of co-productions: What are the
legal implications of a co-production.

Entrance is free of charge. Collect tickets at the Box Office
Jhb Tue 17 July 6.30pm – 9pm CT Sun July 2pm – 5pm