Country Focus: Romania
Partnership signed between French and Romanian CNC
by Stefan Dobroiu
- Frédérique Bredin, president of the French National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC), and her Romanian counterpart, Mihai Ioan Kogalniceanu, director of the Romanian National Centre of Cinema (also CNC) signed an agreement of “close collaboration” between the two institutions.
The agreement promises regular communication, but also encouragement of coproduction, distribution, heritage preservation and new measures against piracy. Also, a synchronization of policy is expected from the act signed in the presence of the Romanian Minister of Culture, Daniel Barbu.
One of the effects of the agreement is that local productions from one country will have easier access in film festivals and cinemas from the other. It also opens the way for a vast range of workshops and exchange of expertise. Delegates from one institution can be invited as observers to help the commissions expected to select the new projects for grants. This is good news especially for Romanian directors, the Romanian CNC being famous for the lack of transparency in organizing funding contests.
The agreement was signed during the festival Les films de Cannes à Bucharest, initiated by Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu. The event brings to Bucharest the most important films selected at the most recent edition of the Cannes film festival. Among the festival’s guests was Abdellatif Kechiche, whose Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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