Juriul Astra Film Festival 2022
COMPETITIONAL SECTION: România
Constantin Pârvulescu is associate professor of film studies and director of the Janovics Center for Screen and Performing Arts Studies at Babeș-Bolyai University. With a PhD from University of Minnesota, he taught at universities in Europe and North America. His books and articles explore the relationship between audiovisual texts and politics, history and economic issues. He frequently writes on Romanian and Eastern European film and jazz, and is a member of the Romanian Filmmakers' Union. At Babeș-Bolyai University he teaches Romanian contemporary cinema. His publications include „Orphans of the East: Postwar Eastern European Cinema and the Revolutionary Subject” (Indiana University Press, 2015), „Global Finance on Screen: From Wall Street to Side Street” (Routledge, 2017), and „A Companion to the Historical Film” (Blackwell-Wiley, 2013).
Ana Vlad is a Romanian documentary film director. She has a teaching position in the Documentary Film department at the National Film and Theater Academy in Bucharest. She co-directed with Adi Voicu the documentary feature Metrobranding - A Love Story between People and Objects, produced by Mandragora, Victoria, a film produced by Mandragora and HBO, and the series Romanians beyond Borders, produced by Mandragora. Their documentaries have been screened at numerous documentary film festivals around the world and have been made available on HBO, Netflix and the Romanian Television, among others.
COMPETITIONAL SECTION: New Voices
Ivana Mladenović was born in 1984, in Kladovo. After studying law in Belgrade, she moved to Romania, where she graduated in 2010 with a degree in Film Directing from the National Film and Theater Academy in Bucharest. In 2012 she released her first documentary, Turn Off the Lights, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Documentary, as well as the Gopo Award for Best Romanian Documentary. Her first fiction feature, Soldiers. Story from Ferentari, premiered in 2017 in the selection of San Sebastian and Toronto film festivals. Her most recent feature, Ivana the Terrible, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2019 and then was screened at dozens of festivals around the world. She is currently in development with her third fiction film, Sorella di Clausura.
Michael Stewart is the founding director of Open City Documentary Festival, London and Director of Open City Docs School at University College London (UCL) where he runs a Masters in Ethnographic and Documentary Film. Currently housing four Studios, this Masters provides training for nearly one hundred students in Cinematic non-fiction; Broadcast Documentary; Cinematic Reportage and Immersive Factual Storytelling (including VR). Michael is a trained anthropologist and spent a number of years working in British Television as consultant and then producer.
COMPETITIONAL SECTION: Central&Eastern Europe 2022
Giorgi Gogiberidze was born in 1974 in Batumi. He has a degree in Film Directing from the Batumi State University of Arts, where he is now a professor. Since 2006 he is the director of the Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival. Since 2012 he is the editor and presenter of White Quadrat, a program on cinema broadcasted by Adjara TV. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Batumi International Short Film Festival Lemon. He has directed various short films and promotional videos. In 2020 he received an award from the Georgian Film Academy for his contribution to the development of Georgian cinema.
Iulia Popovici is a performing arts critic and curator based in Bucharest. She has published extensively about documentary practices, the alternative performing arts scene, collectives and artists in Romania and Eastern Europe, the social challenges of contemporary arts and the shifting in working practices. In the last two years, she has researched in the archives the political history of Romanian theatre. The most recent publication is “Metaphor. Concept. Protest. Performance Art in Romania and Moldova” (with Raluca Voinea; Idea Design & Print/tranzit.ro, 2017).
COMPETITIONAL SECTION: Docschool
Emel Celebi was born and raised in Istanbul. After English literature studies, she worked for various magazines as an editor, translator and writer. Her first film, Housekeeper, won the Best Documentary Award at the 43rd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and the First Prize at the 9th Women’s Film Festival in Seoul. Her second documentary, Sisters of Lilith, won the Best Balkan Documentary Award at the 8th Dokufest Documentary Film Festival in Prizren, Kosovo. Starting in 2008, she is also among the organizers of Which Human Rights? Film Festival and Documentarist Istanbul Film Festival.
Born in 1993 in Braşov, Flavia Dima has a degree in Journalism from the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and one in Visual Studies from the University of Bucharest. She works as a film critic, cinema curator and translator. She in an alum of Berlinale Talents and Locarno Critics Academy and she is associate curator for the short film and feature film competitions of Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival. Her articles have been published by FILM MENU, Films in Frame, Echinox, VICE, Variety, MUBI Notebook and Kinoscope, among others.