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10 projects selected for AstraFilmLab

AstraFilmLab is a project development program for creative documentaries, a new lab for filmmakers to develop and strengthen their projects. AstraFilmLab is a three-day project-based intensive workshop, taking place concurrently with Astra Film Festival in Sibiu, Romania, consisting of mentoring, roundtable discussions, one-to-one meetings and a public pitch in front of an audience of industry representatives. AstraFilmLab emphasises projects and teams from the region, aiming to facilitate exchanges within Europe and beyond. The goal of this programme is to offer an auspicious platform to filmmakers currently developing internationally relevant stories that originate in this part of Europe to present their work and develop professional networks.

 

For more information check here.

 

Following the submission of projects for AstraFilmLab, we were pleased to note the quality of projects, the wide spectrum of subjects, themes, approaches and the vitality of the documentary film industry in the region.  The Astra Film Festival team aims to offer the participating projects a productive platform for the progress of the selected projects through interactions with the experts from the documentary film industry present (producers, distributors, commissioning editors, etc.).

 

The selected projects are:

 

As Far As I Can Recall/ Din câte îmi amintesc (dir. Ileana Gabriela Szasz, Romania)

Don’t Be Afraid (dir. Linda Paganelli, Germany/ Romania/ Italy)

Fragments of Ice (dir. Maria Stoianova, Ukraine)

Heavy Roots / Legături (dir. Jacopo Marzi, Italy/ Romania)

No Place for You in Our Town (dir. Nikolay Stefanov, Bulgaria)

Our Men (dir. Mirona Radu, Romania)

Telciu (dir. Vlad Petri, Romania)

The Gate Between Us (dir. Ioana Trifu, Moldova, Romania)

Touch of Love (dir. Pavel Ruzyak, Czech Republic)

Where the dog buried? (dir. Tatyana Dorodnisina, Andrii Lytvynenko, Ukraine)

 

About Documentary[email protected]

 

[email protected], Astra Film Festival’s industry program, mirrors the ambitious mission of the festival to explore and understand the human condition through portrayals of culturally diverse contemporary societies and presents a favourable environment for a range of networking and project development opportunities. The aim of the program is to encourage the development and growth of Romanian and European documentary industries and of its current and future filmmakers. Since 2016 Astra Film Festival has taken a proactive role not only in presenting to audiences diverse and exciting experiences of immersive – real and virtual – reality, but also in the development of projects, and the productive encounters between filmmakers, both established and emerging, film students, producers, distributors and buyers, festival representatives, or other industry experts from Europe and beyond.

 

For every edition, [email protected] selects and promotes projects in all stages of development, providing a platform for filmmakers to interact with industry experts and potentially find partners for their work. Besides the focus on projects in development, the program also includes a variety of talks, presentations and roundtables on current conditions of production and distribution of documentary formats.

 

 

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New project development lab 2019

 

AstraFilmLab is a project development program for creative documentaries, a new lab for filmmakers to develop and strengthen their projects. AstraFilmLab is a three-day project-based intensive workshop, taking place concurrently with Astra Film Festival in Sibiu, Romania, consisting of mentoring, roundtable discussions, one-to-one meetings and a public pitch in front of an audience of industry representatives. AstraFilmLab emphasizes projects and teams from the region, aiming to facilitate exchanges within Europe and beyond. The goal of this programme is to offer an auspicious platform to filmmakers currently developing internationally relevant stories that originate in this part of Europe to present their work and develop professional networks.

 

 

What are we looking for?

 

Feature-length creative documentaries, irrespective of genres, styles, and subject matter.

The selection will be based on a number of criteria, including but not limited to artistic quality of the project, international potential and the capacity of the director/ producer to complete the project. Priority of selection will be given to projects from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia.

 

Submission process

 

In order to be considered, applicants should complete this form.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2019.

By completing the application, applicants confirm and guarantee that he/she is entitled to submit the project to AstraFilmLab and has authorisation and consent from the owners of the copyright and related rights, any trademarked content and/or other subject matter of intellectual property on the content included in the submitted project.

 

Submissions must include (all information must be supplied in English):

a short synopsis

a film treatment

a director statement

biographies and filmographies for both the director and if applicable the producer(s)

a trailer/ filmed sequence (with English subtitles)

details about the budget, sources of funding (in Euro)

 

Projects without a producer attached will be considered. Applicants are encouraged to supply all information they deem important for their project, including but not limited to details of the team.

 

If selected, the information submitted in the application will be published in a catalogue of projects that will be distributed to all [email protected] industry experts.

 

Selection process

 

The selection will be based on an application, that must include the complete online application form and the video material.

A total of 10 projects will be selected and invited to participate in AstraFilmLab. In some cases, the organiser can select more or less than 10 projects.

Successful applicants will be required to attend activities in Sibiu between 17-19 October 2019. AstraFilmLab will cover the cost of the director’s and/or producer’s accommodation, meals and a full Astra Film Festival accreditation for the duration of the programme. Transportation costs must be covered by the participants.

 

Successful applicants will be informed by 1 August 2019.

 

AstraFilmLab format

 

The lab is tailored for professional director/ producer teams. In some cases, projects can alternatively be represented by the cinematographer, editor or other member of the team, but the director or producer must be present.

During AstraFilmLab, mentors will give advice and feedback based on the directorial and production aspects of all participant projects. This can include, but is not limited to the following topics: how to structure a presentation/ pitch of the project, how to present their project to ensure the maximum efficiency – synopsis and trailer, how to put together a budget.

Following the workshops, each project will be presented in a public pitch in front of the [email protected] audience. The audience includes industry experts, ranging from producers, distributors, festival representatives, sales agents, broadcasters. Only those team members who took part in the workshops can attend the Pitch. Each team will have 10 minutes allotted for their presentation, structured as follows: 7 minutes for project presentations (including video or any other visual materials) and 3 minutes to answer any questions from the industry experts present. Each project also gets a chance for one-to-one meetings with industry experts present.

 

Terms and conditions

 

Participants must be able to demonstrate access to key characters or institutions, and that they are authorised to grant rights of usage and/or to transfer it to third parties.

 

The official language of AstraFilmLab is English, and all participants must be able to work comfortably in English.

 

AstraFilmLab maintains a no-fee policy.

 

A part of the programme is intended only for the chosen participants. All the programmes open to the public are clearly marked in the [email protected] schedule.

 

 

About Documentary[email protected]

 

[email protected], Astra Film Festival’s industry program, mirrors the ambitious mission of the festival to explore and understand the human condition through portrayals of culturally diverse contemporary societies and presents a favourable environment for a range of networking and project development opportunities. The aim of the program is to encourage the development and growth of Romanian and European documentary industries and of its current and future filmmakers. Since 2016 Astra Film Festival has taken a proactive role not only in presenting to audiences diverse and exciting experiences of immersive – real and virtual – reality, but also in the development of projects, and the productive encounters between filmmakers, both established and emerging, film students, producers, distributors and buyers, festival representatives, or other industry experts from Europe and beyond.

 

For every edition, [email protected] selects and promotes projects in all stages of development, providing a platform for filmmakers to interact with industry experts and potentially find partners for their work. Besides the focus on projects in development, the program also includes a variety of talks, presentations and roundtables on current conditions of production and distribution of documentary formats.

 

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Looking back at DocTank 2018

Astra Film Festival has been a driving force for the Romanian documentary film industry for the past 25 years, by displaying and promoting the production of documentaries from this part of the world. Since 2016, AFF has also taken a proactive role in supporting not only the distribution of documentaries, but also the development of projects through its tailored industry program [email protected], and its specially dedicated platform Romanian Docs in Progress.

Around 100 industry representatives coming from Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Italy, Serbia gathered in Sibiu for three days of talks, open discussions, individual meetings and get togethers.

The program kicked off with a talk given by Ally Derks, founder and long-time director of IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam), who shared from her extensive experience as both leader of one of the premiere documentary film events and initiator of the IDFA Forum, a pioneer platform for the development of documentary projects, and gave advice to the emerging talents present in the audience. Her talk, which was live-streamed, is available online on Astra Film Festival’s Facebook page.

Discussions – led by local experts Marilena Iliesiu (Studio Video Art) and Adina Popescu – aimed towards young filmmakers, as well as a number of film students in attendance, focused on possibilities of coproduction, project development and funding. Present conditions and perspectives for future funding through the MEDIA program were detailed by Valentina Miu (coordinator of the Creative Europe Media Desk Romania) and Franz Hirner (Kick Film GmbH).
An open discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of European coproductions, led by a panel of experienced producers – Monica Lazurean-Gorgan (Romania), Cedric Bonin (France), Brendan Culleton (Ireland), Sorin Manu (Germany) and Jan Hubacek (Czech Republic) – who shared stories and advice from their own experiences.

In another discussion, Simon Kilmurry, executive director of International Documentary Association and a former producer for POV – the documentary platform for the American Public Broadcasting System (PBS), talked about the specificity of the US market and the ways in which European filmmakers could gain access to distribution in the US. The discussion, which was live-streamed, is available on Astra Film Festival’s Facebook page.

Aiming to support new voices and bridge the gap between new talent and decision makers, Romanian Docs in Progress offered documentary projects the opportunity to gain the support meant to help finalize their projects.

The program was structured into two events, which gave the opportunity to thirteen projects to meet potential partners and receive feedback on their documentary films. Four of the thirteen projects were presented in a pitching session, in front of an audience that consisted of producers, distributors and festival representatives. Furthermore, all thirteen projects participated in one-to-one meetings for a chance to meet with and build relationships with documentary experts (producers, distributors, festival representatives) during individual meetings on Thursday, 18 October 2018. The experts, which came from Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Italy, Serbia, could chose from the selected projects the ones that they wanted to meet for short discussions.
All projects had a chance to compete for one of the two awards: the Romanian Docs in Progress post-production award, offered by Cinelab Romania, and the Romanian Docs in Progress award, offered by HBO. The jury, which consisted of producers Alina David (HBO) and Sorin Manu (Evolution Art & Film GbR) and filmmaker Vlad Petri decided to award the two prizes to the projects The Illiberal Society and all Its Enemies (dir. Ruxandra Gubernat) and Acasă/ Home (dir. Radu Ciorniciuc).

Astra Film Festival has been a driving force for the Romanian documentary film industry for the past 25 years, by displaying and promoting the production of documentaries from this part of the world. Since 2016, AFF has also taken a proactive role in supporting not only the distribution of documentaries, but also the development of projects through its tailored industry program [email protected], and its specially dedicated platform Romanian Docs in Progress.

Astra Film Festival’s industry program [email protected] mirrors the ambitious mission of the festival to explore and understand the human condition through portrayals of culturally diverse contemporary societies. The vision of the [email protected] program is to encourage the development and growth of the Romanian and European documentary industry and of its current and future filmmakers.

 

Team:
Kato Csilla (head of programming)
Raluca Iacob (industry coordinator)

 

contact: [email protected]

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Romanian Docs in Progress

 

The Romanian Docs in Progress program gave documentary filmmakers, currently developing stories originating in this part of Europe, the opportunity to present their ongoing work to an audience of both local and international film professionals, with the aim to attract possibilities of finance, co-production and distribution. Aiming to support new voices and bridge the gap between new talent and decision makers, Romanian Docs in Progress offered documentary projects the opportunity to gain the support meant to help finalize their projects.

One-to-one meetings

All twelve projects, selected as part of the Romanian Docs in Progress program, had a chance to meet with and build relationships with documentary experts (producers, distributors, festival representatives) during individual meetings on Thursday 18 October 2018. The experts, which came from Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Italy, Serbia, etc, could chose from the 12 projects the ones that they were interested in meeting with for short (15 minute) discussions.

Romanian Docs in Progress - Pitch

Friday, 19 October 2018, four of the twelve projects selected in the Romanian Docs in Progress section were presented in front of an international documentary industry audience. Each presentations was followed by a short Q&A session with the project representatives.

 

Romanian Docs in Progress Awards

Friday, 19 October 2018, Astra Film Festival – through its industry program [email protected] – has awarded two documentary projects, among the twelve projects selected in the Romanian Docs in Progress program. The jury, which consisted of producers Alina David (HBO) and Sorin Manu (Evolution Art & Film GbR) and filmmaker Vlad Petri decided to award the two prizes to the projects The Illiberal Society and all Its Enemies(dir. Ruxandra Gubernat) and Acasă/ Home (dir. Radu Ciorniciuc).

ROMANIAN DOCS IN PROGRESS AWARD

 

The project The Illiberal Society and all its Enemies (Director – Ruxandra Gubernat, Producer – Ioana Țurcan, Company – Studioset Production, Screenwriter – Irina Dobriță, Research – Henry Rammelt) received the Romanian Docs in Progress Award – offered by HBO. This “coming of political age” documentary follows the insecure footsteps of three adolescents from today’s Hungary, Poland and Romania. Protagonists in their own movie, these teenagers face the prospects of leaving their country or hitting the walls of a restricting society.

 

Motivation of the jury

For an interesting story, which is connected with the reality it portrays, made by a young director with a strong voice, the jury has decided to give the Romanian Docs in Progress Award, offered by HBO, to a project which has demonstrated through a well presented and convincing pitch its international potential.

 

ROMANIAN DOCS IN PROGRESS POSTPRODUCTION AWARD

 

The Romanian Docs in Progress Postproduction Award – offered by Cinelab Romania, consisting of digital postproduction services, was awarded to the Romanian-Norwegian coproduction project Acasă / Home (Director – Radu Ciorniciuc, Producers – Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan and John Berger, Companies – Manifest Film and Polarfox). The film follows the Enache family, who have lived for 20 years in the wilderness of the Bucharest’s Delta, that is until they are chased out of their paradise and forced to adapt in the big city.

 

Motivation of the jury

For a story that has been developed over several years, which follows the integration and reintegration of a family into the jungle that is society and for a precise narrative structure that drives the film, the jury has decided to give the Romanian Docs in Progress Postproduction Award to the project Acasă/ Home, a project which is 90% completed and which we believe will benefit from this award allowing it to be completed as soon as possible.

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Simon Kilmurry in conversation with the AFF audience

It was our great pleasure to present the talk with Simon Kilmurry, executive director of IDA and previously producer and executive producer for POV, the PBS long-running showcase of documentary cinema. Simon drew from his experience and knowledge of the US market and shared with the audience details about the the characteristics of US documentary production and distribution, and the ways in which it differs from the modes of financing, production and distribution of documentaries in Europe. The discussion can be seen on Astra Film Festival’s Facebook page.

 

 

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Ally Derks in conversation with the AFF audience

We are delighted to present the talk with Ally Derks, founder and long-time director of IDFA, for the Astra Film Festival audience. During her 1 hour discussion, she talked about setting up IDFA and the ways in which the festival works, as well as going in depth to our industry audience about the IDFA Forum, a pioneer platform which she initiated in the early 1990s, aimed to support the development of documentary projects. As a longtime supporter of the documentary format, Ally drew from her extensive experience in both programming and encouraging the development of documentary and gave advice to filmmakers in the audience.

ASTRA FILM 2018: Ally Derks, fondator al International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam ne povestește acum, live la AFF2018, despre culisele festivalurilor de filme documentare. Play & enjoy!HD Live > www.astrafilm.ro/livestream/

Opublikowany przez Astra Film Festival Środa, 17 października 2018