After a three-year hiatus, Encounters South African International Documentary Festival and the cinema chain Ster-Kinekor welcome back the 4th Ster-Kinekor Encounters Youth Experience (EYE) Award for the Best South African Short Film.

The Ster-Kinekor EYE Award recognises both emerging and established filmmakers and gives them a platform to demonstrate their talents.  The winning filmmakers will be awarded cash prizes to assist with their future projects. The 1st prize winner will receive R10,000 and the 2nd prize winner will receive R5,000. Both films will be screened at the awards ceremony over the closing weekend of the Festival.

Encounters, in partnership with Ster-Kinekor, will select three jurors who represent leading South African film schools and who will spend three days reviewing cinema screenings of a shortlist of selected films.

The Ster-Kinekor Encounters Youth Experience (EYE) Award was launched in 2017. Winners from previous years include:

EYE Awards 2017 Winners: 1st prize ‘Nanlaban’ by Shaun Swingler, 2nd prize ‘Can I Please Go to the Bathroom’ by Jessie Zinn

EYE Awards 2018 Winners: 1st prize ‘The Art of Healing’ by Rui Assubuji, 2nd prize ‘Masquerading: To Hell and Back’ by Sofia de Fay

EYE Awards 2019 Winners: 1st prize ‘Waves’ by Jessie Ayles, 2nd prize ‘Gereza’ (Hustler) by Shaun Nelson

Submissions can be made via the link below found on the Festival website:

SA/African Entries: https://www.encounters.co.za/submit-african-documentary/

South African film submissions are exempt from paying a submission fee.

The deadline for applications is 10 March 2023. The Ster-Kinekor EYE Award is awarded to documentaries shorter than 20 minutes.

For enquiries, please contact:

Encounters Team Email:  info@encounters.co.za / pr@encounters.co.za