Astra Film Fest welcomes documentary films without restriction to theme and length, for the four competition sections:

  • International
  • European
  • Romanian
  • Student Film

Films must have cinematographic qualities, artistic commitment and strong presence of the filmmaker’s point of view both in form and content.

There is no entry fee.

Submission

Documentaries of any length with a completion date within the last three years (2008-2011) are eligible for the competition programs.

If the original language of the commentary/dialogue is other than English, the films must have English subtitles.

Please send any other information you consider by e-mail at submission@astrafilm.ro Please mention the English title of your film in the subject line of your messages. – press kit, if available any other relevant information (participations, awards etc.).

The applicant authorizes ASTRA FILM FEST to make public the materials sent for submission (information about the film, director, producer, photographs, synopsis) in press releases, catalogues, articles, websites etc.). Please note, that the applicant of the film is responsible for the data referring the number and the names of the author of the film, the title and the length of the film. All the data used in the entry form will be used and made public by the festival catalogue and website.

Warning! Please check your preview copy carefully and pack it as to prevent damage during transportation. The Festival will not send you any notification if your preview DVD is not running.

Preview materials are not returned.

The preview copies of the submitted films enter the ASTRA FILM archive, to be used exclusively for non-profit purposes (research, educational & training programs). ASTRA FILM promotes the use of documentary film as a means for cultural and cross-cultural understanding, and promotes the study, research and initiatives in the field of visual anthropology, organizing documentary promotion events.

Competition

The selection will be notified to the authors of the films by the end of August 2011 . Once a film is selected, the holder of its copyrights automatically authorises ASTRA FILM to screen it in the Festival programme free of charge, and to use trailers (not exceeding 3 min.), as well as publicity material about the author(s) and/or the film to promote de Festival.

Films submitted for the Student competition section are open to (graduation) films for a film school or documentary film courses. For the Europe competition section there will be selected films made about Europe, especially Eastern Europe.

For the Romanian competition section there will be selected films made about Romania, priority will be given to the Romanian producers and authors, and to the national premiers.

For the International Competition we expect documentary films made about subjects outside Europe.

The screening formats of the films selected for the Festival programme are: Betacam SP/PAL, DVCAM and HDV.

Please make sure that your screening copy respects the original aspect ratio of your film.

All scheduling of selected films is at the discretion of the Festival programmers.

The Festival management insists that the author(s) of the films in the programme or a delegate from the part of the director/producer are present for the official screening. Accommodation is offered by the organizers. The Festival can not cover travel costs for the authors.

Juries & Awards

The international juries will be composed of respected academics and cinema specialists. The jurors will select the winning films for the Festival awards. The prizes in total amount of €25,000 will be awarded to the authors of the winning films.

Transport

The costs of transport to the Festival office for the preview material are the responsibility of the applicant.

The costs of transport to the Festival office of the screening copy of the selected films are the responsibility of the participants. The Festival will pay the return transport of the screening copies to the return address filled by the applicant on the entry form.

The dvd copy and trailer must be mailed at the postal address below.

Contact

Astra Film Fest
Piata Huet 12
550182 Sibiu
Romania