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Astra Film Festival

Incredibile films for people of all ages

Astra Film Junior ignites the passion for the magic of cinematography in young and very young audiences. The 2016 edition has diversified its film proposal and expanded its educational platform outside the festival, from training courses for teachers to workshops dedicated to the initiation of pupils in the production of their own films and special screenings in high schools from Sibiu.

Oscar winning documentary and full-dome films in the AF Junior programme

The most cherished cinematic event dedicated to students and teachers from Sibiu, Astra Film Junior has brought lots of novelties this year. Children can experience for the first time viewing full-dome films in a dome-like cinema, set up in Piața Mare in Sibiu. Three films have been selected for the Astra Film Junior programme: Dream to fly, a history of flying machines and their inventors, The blind man with starry eyes, a fairytale about the importance of knowledge, and The longest night: A winter’s tale, a fable about courage, generosity and the rebirth of nature.

The programme dedicated to 13+ pupils is outstanding: Searching for Sugar Man (directed by Malik Bendjelloul), which has won an Oscar in 2013, while the films True Cost (directed by Andrew Morgan), Down the Deep Dark Web (directed by Duki Dror and Tzachi Schiff) and Sonita (directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami) touch on sensitive issues of the present-day world: the secrets of the fashion industry, the underbelly of the internet, or the story of an Afghan teenager who dreams of becoming a rap singer.  

6+ pupils can view a series of documentaries about children from Bhutan, Germany, South Africa, the US and Romania. The protagonist of the film made in Romania is a 13-year-old boy from Agârbiciu, a village near Sibiu.

The city of Sibiu as seen by high school students

Astra Film Festival seeks young voices of the community among students from Sibiu and gives them the opportunity to take the first steps into the fascinating industry of film. Within the workshop Sibiu as seen by high school students, 10 teenagers have participated in an intensive training in which they have learnt about documenting, filming and editing techniques, and the end point of the workshop is that the films are to be screened within AFF, a unique opportunity to see their films screened at an international festival alongside legendary names of documentary cinema. The screenings are scheduled for Sunday, the 23 of October, at 5:00 pm at Thalia Hall. Action co-financed by Sibiu Local Council through Sibiu City Hall through the Community Agenda.  

The online world at issue

Within the theme programme Citizens of the online world, on Wednesday – the 18 of October, at 5:00 pm at Salut Bistro, there will be a meeting with Assistant Professor, PhD Constantin Vică, who will approach the audience about issues that are already touched on by the films in this section (Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World, Facebookistan and Down the Deep, Dark), as well as other topics related to this vast theme with so many unknowns.

Reality under cover

Astra Film Festival 2016 brings forth in the 6 venues from the historical center of Sibiu films that make the audience step out of their comfort zone, regardless of age. Four documentaries grouped in the theme programme Reality under cover present incredible contemporary stories, all of them pushing the limits of our imagination, about the way people shrewdly succeeded at misleading others around them in the long run. My Friend Rockefeller (directed by Steffi Kammerer), screened on Wednesday, the 19 of October, at 10:30 pm at the Auditorium Hall, takes a look at the case of Gerhartsreiter, who impersonated a successor of the Rockefellers for years, yet who proved to be nothing but an impostor. Through the eyes of people who were convinced that they knew when the end of the world would come, Right Between Your Ears (directed by Sheila Marshall), which will be screened on Thursday, the 20 of October, at 10:30 pm at the Auditorium Hall, explores the way the power of their belief affects their lives.

On Friday, the 21 of October, The Applause Man (directed by Ruben Vermeersch), at 5:00 at Thalia Hall, and The Confessions of Thomas Quick (directed by Brian Hill), at 10:00 pm at Astra Film Cinema, present two atypical characters: Antoon De Pauw, who developed an addiction to applause and attention at public events, and Thomas Quick, the most feared serial killer of Sweden, whose confessions turn out to be false after people find out that they have been made while taking high doses of tranquilizing drugs.

The full programme on Wednesday: http://astrafilm.ro/program-orar.aspx?day=3

Official promo: https://youtu.be/fSPshWltgt0

The video journal of Tuesday, the 18 of October:


Astra Film Festival 2016 is organized by Astra Film, CNM Astra and Astra Film Foundation

A cultural project financed by the Romanian Ministry of Culture

With the support of Sibiu County Council and the CNC – the National Centre for Cinematography

Co-financed by Sibiu Local Council through Sibiu City Hall

In collaboration with Lucian Blaga University

Partners: ICR – the Romanian Cultural Institute, UCIN – Romanian Filmmakers Union, Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sibiu, the Polish Institute in Bucharest, CINETIc

Digital partner: Ad Lemonade

Title sponsor: Romgaz

Official sponsor: Banca Transilvania

Sponsors: Construcții SA, Takata, HBO, Cinelab

Official car of the festival: Toyota

Media partners: TVR2, HBO, Europa FM, HotNews, Revista 22, Dilema Veche, Cațavencii, VICE, Revista Timpul, Transilvania Reporter, Cineuropa, Film New Europe, Radio România Cultural, Radio România Actualități, Radio Cluj, Radio Antena Sibiului, Radio Târgu Mureș, RFI România, Cinemagia, LiterNet, CineFan, Sub25, All About Romanian Cinema, Cooperativa Urbană, ÎnFestival, Zile și Nopți, Tribuna, Turnul Sfatului, Sibiu 100%, Eveniment TV, Ora de Sibiu, Capital Cultural