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ASTRA 2018 Awards

I Am Another You wins the top award at Astra

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- Documentaries from Austria, Croatia, Romania and Germany also scooped prizes at the Romanian gathering

I Am Another You wins the top award at Astra
Alexandru Mavrodineanu receiving the Best Romanian Documentary Award for Caisă

Romania’s biggest documentary event, the Astra Film Festival (15-21 October, Sibiu), marked the end of its 25th-anniversary edition with a gala ceremony that crowned Nanfu Wang's I Am Another You (USA) as Best International Documentary, while Sand and Blood [+see also:
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by Matthias Krepp and Angelika Spangel picked up a Special Mention. Alexandru Mavrodineanu's Caisă [+see also:
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 received the Best Romanian Documentary Award, whereas Claudiu Mitcu was deemed worthy of the Best Directing in a Romanian Documentary Award for his Anniversary. Finally, When the War Comes [+see also:
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by Jan Gebert snagged the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Award, and Best Directing in a Central and Eastern European Documentary was bestowed upon Nebojsa Slijepcevic for Srbenka [+see also:
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All in all, 55 films from 30 countries competed in the five official competitions.

Here is the complete list of winners: 

Best International Documentary
I Am Another You - Nanfu Wang (USA)
Special Mention of the Jury
Sand and Blood [+see also:
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 - Matthias Krepp, Angelika Spangel (Austria) 

Best Central and Eastern European Documentary
When the War Comes [+see also:
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 - Jan Gebert (Croatia/Czech Republic)

Best Directing in a Central and Eastern European Documentary
Nebojsa Slijepcevic - Srbenka [+see also:
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 (Croatia) 

Best Romanian Documentary
Caisă [+see also:
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 - Alexandru Mavrodineanu (Romania)

Best Directing in a Romanian Documentary
Claudiu Mitcu – Anniversary (Romania) 

Best Short Documentary
They Just Come and Go - Boris Poljak (Croatia) 

Best School Documentary
Ink of Yam [+see also:
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 - Tom Fröhlich (Germany)

Best Directing in a School Documentary
Letiţia Popa – Marie (Romania) 

Excellence Award
Michael Stewart, director of the London Open City Documentary Film Festival

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