DOC TANK @ AFF

New project development lab

AstraFilmLab is a project development program for creative documentaries, a new lab for filmmakers to develop and strengthen their projects. AstraFilmLab emphasizes projects and teams from the region, aiming to facilitate exchanges within Europe and beyond.

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.

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.

Simon Kilmurry in conversation with the AFF audience

International Documentary Association (IDA) executive director, Simon Kilmurry, talked to the AFF audience about 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.

Ally Derks in conversation with the AFF audience

Ally Derks, founder and long-time director of IDFA, talked to the Astra Film Festival audience about setting up IDFA and the ways in which the festival functions, as well as going in depth about the IDFA Forum, a pioneer platform for the development of documentary projects, drawing from her extensive experience in both the selection of documentaries and encouraging their development.