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Astra Film Festival 2013

Conference: Romania under the magnifying glass - Two decades of documentary cinema in Romania

Defining the word ”documentary” has always been a challenge. The documentary can be: a real and factual/ adequate portrayal of the environmental world, a creative interpretation of reality , a nonfictional speech based on direct recording of facts, an expression of the personal, and/or social realities, a cinema about people, events and situation found in the real world, independently and beyond the film. If we put the documentary and the non fictonal film in congruence, this  equality would contain all the audio visual creations  that have reality as raw material, in a wide range of approaches, from the author documentary to reality show productions. Themes in discussion are:

What is the state-of-the-art Romanian non fictional production on this extremely wide scale? How does the social environment influence the factual television productions ?  What kind of collections, archives, schools, training programs function in Romania? What approaches and themes about Romania are prefered by the documentarians? How is the Romanian documentary promoted?

After having promoted documentary cinema in Romania, and the Romanian documentary abroad for twenty years, ASTRA FILM invites you to a series of debates on these topics during the conference ”Romania under the magnifying glass – Two decades of documentary cinema in Romania”, a special program in  the Astra Film Festival anniversary edition.


October 17th Thursday

14:00 – 17:00 hrs. ROUND TABLE


Presentations  about the modalities of collecting, archiving, publishing and training in documentary film in România: Laurențiu Damian (Editura Video),  Bjorn Reinhart (Maramureș Archiv), Dan Nuțu (Aristoteles Workshop), Astra Film (Dumitru Budrala), Asociatia Vira (Andrei Craciun)

October 18th, Friday

11:00 – 12:00 hrs. MEDIADESK

Presentation of the  CREATIVE EUROPE Program – Production in documentary film, novelties in the  Media Program for 2014 – 2020 (Valentina Miu, Head of Media Desk România)

14:00 – 18:00 hrs. CONFERENCE

ROMANIA UNDER THE MAGNIFYING GLASS, Two decades of documentary cinema in Romania  in the vision of the authors: Remus Gabriel Anghel, Iulia Hossu, Marius Lazăr, Andra Matzal , Vintilă Mihăilescu, Raluca Nagy , Zsuzsa Plainer, Adina Popescu , Andrei Rus, Michael Stewart , Cătălin Sturza.


PRESENTATION Posibilities of production of documentary, financing  HBO Europe / Romania, presents Mrs. Hanka Kastelikova, executive producer of  documentary films HBO Europe and Mr.  Aurelian Nica, producer HBO Romania

MEETING with  the representatives/programmers of the festivals:

American Documentary Film Festival Palm SpringsAnim’est International Animation Film FestivalBucharest International Experimental Film FestivalCronograf Kischinew, Documentary Film FestivalDialektus Film Festival BudapestDox LeipizigEncounters SA Doc Fest South AfricaGoest Festival of Eastern and Central European Film WiesbandenLondon Open City Doc FestivalMoscow International Film Festival on Visual AnthropologyNext International Film FestivalOne World RomaniaPanazorean Film Festival PortugalSheffield International Documentary FestivalTransilvania International Film FestivalVisions du Reel NyonZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival 

October  19th Saturday

14:00 – 16:00 hrs. CONFERENCE


Key-note speakers: Emil Hurezeanu, Cosmin Savu