People of Their Time Gala: Dumitru Budrala
Dumitru Budrala, filmmaker and founding director of Astra Film Sibiu, is one of the award winners at the third edition of "People of Their Time" Gala, which took place on Saturday, December 17th 2016 in Iasi, at the Main Hall of the National Theatre "Vasile Alecsandri", and was streamed live on Realitatea TV and România Cultural Radio.
The campaign "People of Their Time" aims to identify, promote, and publicly award a personality who decisively contributes to the cultural and institutional development of the national or international public space.
Strenuously, each edition of Astra Film Festival has managed to meet the standards of excellence, becoming a full dress event and a landmark in the international film industry. The edition in 2016 reveled in phenomenal success for having had vision and courage, as well as an enthusiastic audience. Astra Film Festival is a joint effort, in which films spur the creation of a unique space of introspection and human dialogue in Romania and in the world.
"This award honors me because it is a token of acknowledgement and appreciation for my work that stretches over more than two decades. Each edition puts a premium on the festival and each year we try not only to keep up, but also to raise our sights, which is absolutely necessary in order to be able to perpetuate the original idea of the festival, that of being a cinema platform synchronized with what goes on in the world in terms of film production. The festival has grown enormously over the last few years, and this is reflected in the quality of the theme programs, the film selection which keeps getting better, the record-breaking number of films submitted each year, and the appetite of the audience for this film genre. AFF Sibiu is a vibrant place for viewing films, with a sparkling atmosphere that transforms the city into a destination for tens of thousands of filmmakers and film buffs of all ages", declared Dumitru Budrala.