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Encounters Film Festival: Entries Open for Adiaha Award Best Documentary by an African Woman

Encounters invites entries for the Adiaha Award Best Documentary by an African Woman

Encounters Film Festival _ Adiaha Award Best Documentary


The organisers of Encounters, Africa’s home of documentaries, in partnership once more with the Ladima Foundation, are calling for feature and mid-length documentary film entries for the  Adiaha Award 2023.

Encounters returns to cinemas to celebrate its 25th anniversary from 22 June to 2 July and is excited to once more present this award in partnership with the Ladima Foundation. The Award, now in its 3rd year at Encounters, rewards excellence in documentary filmmaking by African women.

With a cash award, invitation to a top international festival, and high-profile accolades, the award has become a prestigious honour for its recipients to date. The award was inaugurated at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2018. Last year’s winner, Akuol De Mabior’s No Simple Way Home from South Sudan has gone on to be screened and awarded at festivals around the world.  Previous Adiaha Award winners include; Zinder from Aicha Maky (Niger) and Tamara Dawitt’s Finding Sally (Ethiopia).

Since its inception in 1999, Encounters  has offered South African film lovers a well-curated line-up of the most important documentaries  globally. Encounters’ aim is to present films that entertain, engage, and inspire; and achieves this with the selection of documentaries spanning a wide array of themes for diverse local audiences.

The programme features award-winning and award-nominated films, ‘best of the fests’, and the most-talked-about documentaries of the year. Encounters prides itself on discovering new works by documentary masters and emerging talent from South Africa and the broader African region.

The Festival invites filmmakers to submit their recent films to celebrate 25 years of creative documentary in South Africa. The programmers are looking for films that resonate with diverse audiences, encompassing themes of social justice, politics, arts and culture, technology, current affairs, personal stories, health, environmental and many more.

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

SA/ African Entries :

SA/African film submissions are exempt from paying a submission fee.

International Entries :

A nominal submission fee of USD15 is charged for international entries.

Please note, we will consider works in progress / rough cuts if your film will be ready in time for the Festival itself (22 June – 2 July 2023).

The deadline for submissions is Friday 10th March 2023 (11.59PM SAST)

For Enquiries please contact:

Encounters Team

Email : /


The Ladima Foundation is a Pan-African non-profit organisation founded with the aim of contributing to correcting the major imbalances within the film, TV and content industries.

Through a number of initiatives, The Ladima Foundation supports, trains, and mentors women in a variety of roles within the film, TV, and content spaces.

Through partnerships and collaborations in various countries, as well as through Pan-African networks and interventions, the Ladima Foundation is committed to developing training, networking, and related opportunities for women professionals who demonstrate their seriousness and commitment to their craft.

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  1. Ittu Aba Farda, enemy of Oromia & Tigray but fano of shabiya

    ምን ያህል እውነት ነው ግን ነፍጠኛ ልሂቃን ከእሬት ተገኝተናል እያሉ ይፎክሯሉ፤፤ዓለም ባልሰለጠነበት ጊዜ ዕሬትን እንደ ዘመናዊው ብልቃጥ ተጠቅመን ሰው ፈጥረናል ይላሉ፤፤ለዓለም ጫማ መጫማት ሱሪ ማጥለቅ ፥ፊደልን ያስተማርነው እኛ ነን ይላሉ፤፤እኛ የኦርቶዶክስ ቤተክርስቲያን የባሪያ ንግድ መርከብ አድርገን ስንቱን ሸጠናል ገለናል ሲሉ ይኮፈሳሉ፤፤የአማራ ቀሳውስት ደግሞ ብዙዎችን በመርዝ በቤተክርስቲያን ውስጥ ገድለናል መርዘናል እያሉ ጥበባችን ዓለም ይወቅልን ይሉናል፤፤ኦሮሚያ ከሃያ አምስት ሚልዮን በላይ መፃተኛ ደሃ ነፍጠኛን ይዛ እያበላች ኖሯለች፥፥ለመሆኑ ሁሉንም ወንጀል ለአቢይ መስጠት አይቀፍም ???እንደ ሃብታሙ ዓያሌው ቹቹ ኢንጂነር ነኝ ባዩ አበበ ገላው ኢሳት ጋዜጠኛች የኢትዮጵያ አርቲስቶች የነፍጠኛ ሊሂቃን ሁሉ በኦሮሞ ላይ በደረሰው ዕልቂት ምን ሚና ነበራቸው፤፤የዕልቂት ጠንሳሾች ጃስ ኩቲ ባዮች አልነበሩምን ???
    Oromo PP will crush all Amhara pp(full of bloody idiots ) , fanos(niglets murderers) and all fano supporters in mahibrekidusan .

    Abiy Ahmed must snatch all buildings from Orthodox church of Amhara and give it to poor displaced men and women an,d who lost their homes.EOTC gangsters are making use of these building to their own personal use. Dismantle mahibrekidusan which can be a risk to Abiy Ahmed and rest of all non-amhara ethnic groups. is full of fano murderers.
    Eritreans out of Oromia

  2. Borkena you are deleting our comments and posting only that of neftegna war monger bulshit elites born from aloevera
    30 million Neftegna live in Oromia and neftegna crying about ethiopia and unity as pretext to stay in Oromia and exploit our ressourrces . Idiot amhara monkeyies elites
    Worqu Belayneh , Ittu Aba Farda and zehabesha enock gitcha

    you are posting your hatespeech on Oromo ppl. You bettere leav our sacred land, Oromia.We are feeding more than 30 million Amahara who nothin,g to eat in their region. You are everywhere and can’t support yourself.

    Worqu Belayneh is bloody idiot, illilliterate man from gonder.


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