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Balkan Films at Transilvania IFF
26 May 2016
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Transilvania Film Festival, one of the most important festivals in Romania, will take place this year from 27 May to 5 June, bringing together some of the greatest films from all over the world.

The Official Competition of Transilvania International Film Festival is extremely diverse this year, and includes films which deconstruct the conventions of the horror, thriller, romance, and western genres. Made by first- and second-time directors, the 12 films competing for the Transilvania Trophy come from 16 countries: France, Tunisia, Belgium, Iceland, Denmark, Australia, India, Bulgaria, Romania, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, France, Cambodia, Spain, and, for the first time in the history of the festival, Vanuatu. Nine out of the 12 are first feature films.

6.9 On the Richter Scale by Nae Caranfil

The four members of the 2016 TIFF Competition Jury are: Wieland Speck, curator of the Berlinale Panorama section; Bill Guentzler, artistic director of the Cleveland International Film Festival; Bulgarian actress Margita Gosheva, recipient of the Acting Award for The Lesson at TIFF 2015; and Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski, recipient of the Best Director Award for Floating Skyscrapers at TIFF 2014, and also present this year out of competition with United States of Love.

29 productions, some presented as world premieres, will be screened between June 2-4 in the Romanian Days section. 11 features and 16 shorts will be screened in competition, while other 2 films will be shown out of competition. Six feature films will have their world premiere at TIFF, and another two will be seen for the first time ever in Romania immediately after their premiere in Cannes. A large number of foreign and Romanian industry professionals, distributors, curators, and film critics interested in Romanian cinema will attend the screenings and events of Transilvania IFF’s Romanian Days section.

Sparrows by Runar Runarsson

The Romanian Days feature jury is composed of Richard Peña, Columbia University professor and former Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center; Urszula Śniegowska, Artistic Director of Wrocław American Film Festival (Poland) and a former member of the CICAE and Europa Cinemas juries in Venice, Berlinale, Cannes and Sarajevo (2005-2013); and Guillermo Goldschmidt, Manager of the Film and Design department at Fundación Proa of Buenos Aires.

This year, Transilvania International Film Festival (May 27 – June 5, Cluj, Romania) dedicates a themed section titled #Animal to them. The relationship between man and animal, in its most varied forms, from worshipping to exploitation, will be explored in 10 revealing films selected by Transilvania IFF’s artistic director Mihai Chirilov. These films compete for the FIPRESCI prize.

See below the Balkan films screening in all sections of the Festival

Opening Film


Romanian Days
In Search of the Lost Father by Ionut Teianu
Dream Images by Sorin Luca

Two Lottery Tickets by Paul Negoescu

Unirii Square



Cinema, Mon Amour

Panama b Pavel Vuckovic

Special Screenings
Calamity by Andrei Blaier, Iosif Demian (Romania, 1977)

3x3 Zeki Demirkubuz

Focus: Croatia



Hungarian Day
Mom and Other Loonies in the Family by Ibolya Fakete (Hungary/Germany/Bulgaria, 2015)


Transilvania International Film Festival (May 27 – June 5, 2016) is organized by Romanian Film Promotion and the Association for the Transilvania Film Festival.

For more information regarding all films of TIFF 2016 please visit the Festival’s official website.

  Love Sick
  You Carry Me
  The Reaper
  These Are the Rules
  The High Sun
  The Magic Mountain
  Family Film
  Cinema, Mon Amour
  On the Other Side
  In your Dreams!
  Life Is a Trumpet
  Shooting Starts
  The Waiting Room II
  Holy Cow
  Two Lottery Tickets
  6.9 on the Richter Scale
  The Last Day
  Eastern Business
  Once Upon a Dream - A Journey to the Last Spaghetti Western
  The Visitor II
  Sand Cliffs
  A Mere Breath
  Dalibor Matanic
  Svetla Tsotsorkova
  Margita Gosheva
  Ognjen Svilicic
  Tudor Giurgiu
  Cristi Puiu
  Adrian Sitaru
  Athina-Rachel Tsangari
  Monica Lazurean Gorgan
  Ivan-Goran Vitez
  Marian Crisan
  Gabriel Achim
  Anca Damian
  Zrinko Ogresta
  Emin Alper
  Zeki Demirkubuz
  Olmo Omerzu
  Ionut Teianu
  Paul Negoescu
  Nae Caranfil
  Dan Pita
  Zvonimir Juric
  Igor Cobileanski
  Antonio Nuic
  Ivona Juka
  Tonislav Hristov
  Pavle Vuckovic
  Alexandru Belc
  Petr Oukropec
  Imam Hasanov
  Bogdan Mirica
  Runar Runarsson
  Ion Indolean
  Jamil Hendi
  Transilvania International Film Festival
  Romanian Film Promotion
  Balkan titles and other highlights of Transilvania IFF 2015
  14th Transilvania IFF Awards
  FIPRESCI Official Website
  Romanian Film Promotion Official Website
  Transilvania Film Festival Official Website
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