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.
Astra Film DokTank 2021 edition will take place between 6-12 September. After more than one year in which our world has been challenged by a global pandemic, it has been made clear that we need to adapt to a new normal, where the unknown of how the pandemic might evolve pushes us to think in new and creative ways of finding solutions to the situations we are in. We intend to keep the industry platform at Astra Film Festival as a voice in the European documentary scene. While we hope to be able to host at least part of the industry program in Sibiu, we are prepared to organise a digital edition, like we did last year. This does not change the submission and selection process for Astra Film Lab.