Astra Film DokTank will host Astra Film Lab, which gives documentary filmmakers, who are currently developing stories originating in this part of Europe, the opportunity to present their ongoing work to an audience of both local and international film professionals, in order to attract possibilities of finance, co-production and distribution. Aiming to support new voices and bridge the gap between new talent and decision makers, Astra Film Lab will offer documentary filmmakers the opportunity to further develop their projects and gain the support meant to help finalize their films.

Astra Film Lab is a four-day project development program for creative documentaries, a lab for filmmakers to develop and strengthen their projects. The Astra Film Lab program is structured into three separate events, which will give the opportunity to ten projects to meet potential partners and receive feedback on their documentary films. All projects will participate in training workshops, will have the opportunity to be presented in a pitching session, in front of an audience that will consist of producers, distributors and festival representatives. Furthermore, all project representatives will have the opportunity to interact in one-to-one meetings with established experts in the field of production, funding and distribution of documentaries.

Astra Film Lab emphasizes projects and teams from the region, aiming to facilitate exchanges within Europe and beyond. The goal of this programme is to offer an auspicious platform to filmmakers currently developing internationally relevant stories that originate in this part of Europe to present their work and develop professional networks.