«Now, in the midst of pandemic constraints, is the best time to reflect on the essential role of the films, cinema, film festivals»

ASTRA FILM FESTIVAL: Head of Programming Csilla Kato speaks on the Romanian documentary festival's 2020 hybrid edition, its challenges, and the post-pandemic industry.

Steve Rickinson
Steve Rickinson
Communications Manager at Modern Times Review.
Published date: September 26, 2020

Astra Film Festival, the long-running Sibiu, Romania based documentary destination, emerges from its successful open-air session anticipating its second session online. Across its 25+ editions, Astra Film Festival has situated itself as a major event in the European film community and Romania’s leading documentary festival.

Astra ONLINE time akes places 16 – 25 October 2020 for audiences around Romania and will feature many of the open-air festival’s favourites, as well as two new competitions. With our week in Sibiu behind us, Modern Times Review spoke with the festival’s Head of Programming Csilla Kato about the challenges the festival faced in this most interesting of years, as well as a dive into the current landscape of Romanian documentary film.

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