Thursday, May 21, 2009

Encounters Documentary Festival in crisis

The future of South Africa’s premier documentary festival, Encounters,hangs in the balance since its principal sponsor, the SABC, yesterdaywithdrew their financial support for the 2009 edition of the festival.

This is due to the SABC's new austerity measures.Encounters is now faced with the task of raising sufficient funds in thecoming week if it is to take place as planned.

The dates of the2009 edition are 2 - 19 July in Cape Town. Unfortunately, Encounters alreadyhas had to withdraw from Johannesburg this year since the Gauteng FilmCommission also withdrew its financial support.

Read the rest on the Encounters web site.

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