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Master Classes


Denis Delestrac – Director of Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space
Sat 21st August 10am – 1pm
AFDA, 18 Lower Scott Road, Observatory

How do you make a compelling film without access to key material related to your subject? Delestrac’s film Pax Americana relies on access to some of the most closely guarded facilities in the world - US military bases, where no camera had been before. How did he
gain access, and how can these lessons be applied to South African filmmakers?

Delestrac is a guest of the Festival courtesy of the French Embassy



Cliff Bestall – Director of The 16th Man

Sat 21st August 2.30pm – 5.30pm
AFDA, 18 Lower Scott Road, Observatory

Bestall, an award-winning South African filmmaker, chooses difficult subjects. However, they are inspirational and take the audience on a powerful, emotional journey. Through the use of dramatic structure and careful planning and writing, Bestall has become a master of his craft. He will talk about how to structure documentaries using the three act structure to achieve maximum emotional impact without being sensationalist.

Venue sponsored by AFDA

All Master Classes are R50.

Bookings are essential and close on Wed 18 August.

Contact: Lisa Mini at project@encounters.co.za