Submissions AFF 2023

AFF 2023 registration details
The Astra Film Festival will take place from 15 to 22 October 2023. A selection of the official programme will be available online afterwards.
Founded in 1993, the Astra Film Festival has become one of the leading platforms for documentary film in Romania and Europe. AFF is looking for documentary films with a strong presence of the director's perspective, both in form and content. Particularly appreciated are cinematic qualities and honesty, courage to tackle difficult subjects, originality and creativity.
Films must be part of the documentary genre.
The Astra Film Festival consists of competitive programmes and non-competitive sections.
Competitive sections:
Emerging documentary voices
Eligible are feature-length documentaries (over 50 min.) completed after 01.01.2022, by first, second or at most third-time filmmakers.
Central & Eastern Europe
Feature-length documentaries (over 50 min.) completed after 01.01.2022, dealing with issues specific to the former communist bloc area are eligible.
Eligible are documentaries completed after 01.01.2022, produced or co-produced in Romania and international productions/co-productions dealing with issues specific to Romania, regardless of their duration.
Documentaries completed after 01.01.2022, produced or co-produced by universities/film institutes or within post-graduate film specialisation programmes are eligible, regardless of their duration.
In addition to the competitive sections, the official programme includes a series of curatorial selections, thematic sections and special programmes.
The final decision on which section the selected films will be included in rests with the organisers. You have the possibility to accept or reject the organisers' proposal, but please note that once you have accepted your film's inclusion in the official AFF 2023 programme, the film cannot be withdrawn.
The entry fee is 15 Euro per film. The film is considered entered when the payment is registered by Astra Film.
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