Documentary filmmakers and producers can submit their productions for the 2022 edition

Documentary filmmakers and producers from around the world can register their productions at the Astra Film Festival Sibiu from Thursday until April 1st. The organizers announced in a press release that documentaries completed in 2021 and 2022 will be considered.

AFF Sibiu, the most important realistic film festival in Central and Eastern Europe, will take place from 10-16 October 2022. After a two-year hiatus, Astra Film Junior, the most preferred audiovisual education program in Romania, will resume. , a film event that usually gathers tens of thousands of students in Sibiu each year.

Documentaries selected for the Astra Film Festival will be included in one of the four competitive programs or in the non-competitive sections. The official Sibiu AFF 2022 program will also include a series of curator selections, thematic sections, and special programmes.

Registration can be made on the festival website: The registration fee is 15 euros for each film. For DocSchool and Astra Film Junior, registration is free.

“We are already working on a continuous fire for the fall edition, which will likely have the highest density of cultural events not to be missed. Basically, we are talking about a week where there will always be something to see, live in and think about,” said Dumitru Podral, Founding Director. For the Astra Film Festival: “We expect many friends of all ages to take a break and then come to Sibiu in the season of the most beautiful colours.”

For those who want to see some films or will not be able to come to Sibiu during the festival, the online organizers will present, in the second half of October, a selection of films from the official programme.

Four Competitive Programs

Films registered at the Astra Film Festival Sibiu 2022 will be included in one of the four competition programs as follows:

Emerging Voices Documentary Films is a competitive program for which feature films (over 50 minutes) signed by authors for the first, second or third film are eligible.

The Competitive Program for Central and Eastern Europe is dedicated to feature-length documentaries (more than 50 minutes), which deal with issues specific to the region of the former communist bloc.

Documentaries that have been produced or co-produced in Romania are eligible for the Romania Open Competitive Program, as well as international productions/co-productions that address issues specific to Romania, regardless of their duration.

Documentary films that have been produced or co-produced by universities/film institutes or in postgraduate film specialization programs, regardless of their duration, may be entered into the competitive DocSchool Program.

The official selection of the Astra Film Festival Sibiu will be published on the festival website ( The authors of the films selected will be invited to participate in the festival and participate in discussions with the audience and other events related to the films of the official selection. Unselected movies messages or emails will not be sent.

Each program will be judged by distinguished professionals and professionals from the international film and academic world. Prizes for the four competition programs are cash.

Founded in 1993, Sibiu International Film Festival is the main documentary platform in Romania and one of the most important in Europe, constantly looking for documentaries with a strong presence of the director’s point of view, both in form and in content. Specialists and audiences of AFF Sibiu especially appreciate cinematic qualities, honesty, courage to tackle challenging topics, originality and creativity.

The Astra Film Festival is under the High Patronage of the President of Romania and organized by Astra Film, CNM Astra and Astra Film Foundation, with the support of Sibiu Provincial Council, Ministry of Culture, National Center of Cinematography, Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany Germany in Sibiu and the Federation of Filmmakers. The event is funded by the Sibiu Local Council through the Sibiu City Council and the European Union through the Creative Europe Programme.

Image source: AFF / Rareș Helici

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