SIBIU: The Italian/French coproduction Deliver Us by Federica Di Giacomo was awarded best international documentary at the 24th ASTRA Film Festival (16-22 October 2017), the largest documentary festival in Romania and one of the most important film festivals in the region. Radu Jude's The Dead Nation won the Romanian competition.
Ten films competed in the Central & Eastern Europe competition programme, while 11 titles were selected for the Romanian competition. The festival also organised a student competition and a short film competition. Sidebar events included a focus on Norway and the children’s programme ASTRA Film Junior.
Six projects were pitched at the DocumentaryTank, and three of them received awards.
The feature film Rainbow Bubbles / Baloane de curcubeu by the Romanian director and DoP Iosif Demian had a special screening. The film was made in 1982, but it was subject to censorship and never had a proper premiere.
The festival is organised by ASTRA FILM – Centre for Documentary Film and Visual Education, Department the National Museum ASTRA in Sibiu and by the ASTRA FILM Foundation.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Best International DocumentaryDeliver Us (Italy, France)Directed by Federica Di Giacomo
Special Mention:Another Year (China)Directed by Shengze Zhu
Central and Eastern European Competition:
Best Central and Eastern European Documentary:Communion (Poland)Directed by Anna ZameckaProduced by Otter FilmsCoproduced by HBO Europe and Wajda Studio
Best Romanian Documentary:The Dead Nation / Tara moarta (Romania)Directed by Radu JudeProduced by HiFilm Productions
Best Research in a Documentary Award ex-aequo:Shindy Music / Muzica de petrecere (Romania)Directed by Andrei Nicolae TeodorescuandPhoenixxx (Romania)Directed by Mihail Gavril Dragolea
Best Documentary:Education (Poland)Directed by Emi Buchwald
Best Director:Pawel Ziemilski for Urban Cowboys (Poland)
Short Documentary Competition:
Best Short Documentary:Homecoming (Israel)Directed by Noam Sobovitz
Excellence Award:Iosif Demian
Romanian Docs in Progress Award (offered by HBO Europe):Learning TeachingDirected by Eliza ZdruProduced by Saga Film
Romanian Docs in Progress Post-Production Award (offered by Cinelab Romania):CaisaDirected by Alexandru MavrodineanuProduced by Hai-Hui EntertainmentCoproduced by Alma Film
Doc Outlook Visions du Reel Award:The ChaliceDirected by Catalin Musat