The Romanian Festival, founded in 2005 by the “Artis Foundation” film production, is the only international film festival that, from the very beginning, dared to be different by looking towards the Black Sea region’s film industry. The festival has grown every year and become noticed abroad due to the quality of the submitted movies as well as the events included in the official program.
Since 2007, each edition is held under the High Patronage of the Romanian President. Ro-IFF is also the only festival focusing on the activity of women directors in cinema.
With more than 100 films submitted and lots of guests from abroad, our partner Ro-IFF gained international recognition, and despite the ridiculous amount of financing that continues to decrease year by year, it keeps promoting film literacy and Romania’s image around the world.
This year the Romanian International Film Festival took place from Sept 28th to Oct 6th, and hosted a special screening of ÉCU films from our 2012 festival: “The Game” directed by Marcin Janiec, “Zoltan: The Hungarian Gangster of Love” by Justin Reardon, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by David Schmidt, and “Berlinoises” directed by Rocco Labbè.
In addition to the special screening, the festival extended its invitation to Kadi Lokk, ÉCU’s Festival Manager, to become a jury of this year’s Ro-iff. Kadi is eager to see the film talent that awaits her in Bucharest, Romania.
ÉCU and Romania have a long history which began in 2006 with the director Catalin Leescu’s film being selected for the competition, and this was later followed by the film Tarantyno which won the award Best Actor at ÉCU 2010. The independent spirit in those films embodies what the ÉCU festival is all about.