Astra Film DokTank, Astra Film Festival’s industry program, mirrors the Festival's ambitious mission 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 industry. 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.
Each Astra Film DokTank edition 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.
The 2020 Astra Film DokTank will happen online. We are experiencing unique times, when most of the rules as we knew them have changed almost overnight, and we believe that no opportunity of sharing experience, thoughts, plans and views on our post-pandemic future should be missed. These are going to be the main topics of our industry activities and we are committed to offer a propitious space for debate and to transfer the Astra Film spirit, at least to some degree, to the online environment.