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El Festival de Transilvania expande su plataforma profesional en su 20a edición

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- El evento se reestructurará para acomodar mejor las necesidades postpandémicas de la industria

El Festival de Transilvania expande su plataforma profesional en su 20a edición

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Romania’s biggest film event, the Transilvania International Film Festival, will boost its industry platform for its 20th edition (23 July-1 August), adding new features: a programme for series and a workshop for films in the editing stage.

Integrated within the festival’s traditional industry events (the Transilvania Pitch Stop (TPS) and the Transilvania Talent Lab) will be the new programme TPS Stream, focusing on TV and online series. The initiative aims to encourage the creation of valuable series using the talent and the resources of the Central and Eastern European film industry. Another addition is First Cut Lab Cluj, a specialised workshop for feature-length fiction films in the editing phase, which will focus on projects from Romania and Moldova. Mathieu Darras, founder of the First Cut Lab, will supervise the workshop.

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Under the supervision of Alex Trăilă, both the Transilvania Pitch Stop and the Transilvania Talent Lab will be restructured to better accommodate the post-pandemic needs of filmmakers, producers, distributors and exhibitors.

“Throughout these 20 years, we have worked continuously to promote Romanian talent to international film professionals and to grow our ties with neighbouring film industries. Now the whole film industry is at a point of major change and we need to address that, we need to invest in the business culture of our professionals for a sustainable industry. From filmmakers to distributors and exhibitors, we all need to get together and find ways to adapt to the fast changing environment. Our industry platform will reflect that”, says Transilvania IFF president Tudor Giurgiu in a press release.

The Romanian film industry has been hit especially hard during the pandemic. A ruling from the government, which required cinemas to close in towns where the COVID-19 transmission rate exceeded three cases per 1000 inhabitants, meant that certain cinemas had to stay closed even when they could have opened. Early into the lockdown, the Romanian National Film Center announced it would stop all financial operations, which caused uproar in the industry (read the news). Due to a lack of funds, the Center didn’t organise any project contest in 2020. On a larger scale, there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding how and to what extent the Romanian government will manage to support the film industry in the context of the pandemic.

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