Three programmes in the TIFF’s industry platform
by Stefan Dobroiu
- The festival’s 14th edition will offer a programme for emerging filmmakers, workshops, a pitching session and a think-tank platform
Over the last few years, things have changed significantly in terms of industry opportunities at the Transilvania International Film Festival (29 May – 7 June, in Cluj-Napoca). As many as three programmes will aim to help local filmmakers and to improve co-production communication in the area.
The Transilvania Talent Lab (31 May – 5 June), an educational programme for emerging filmmakers, has already reached its fourth edition, selecting eight producers, directors and/or screenwriters from Romania and Moldova to work on their fiction and documentary projects with professionals such as Martina Bleis from the Berlinale Co-Production Market and Sirkka Möller from Dok Leipzig.
Transilvania Pitch Stop (1-6 June, second edition), a development workshop that wraps up with a pitching session, will help develop five fiction projects: these are Horses at the King (Raluca Maria Rusu), The Wind-seeker (Mihai Sofronea), Charlton Heston (Andrei Creţulescu), The Soldiers (Ivana Mladenovic) and 1985 (Bogdan Mureşanu).
Finally, #FEEDback is a think-tank platform developed in partnership with the Connecting Cottbus East-West and When East Meets West co-production markets, with support from EAVE – European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs. Its purpose is to enhance cross-border relations and to improve communication between small territories and those with a more developed film industry.
"Our intention is to keep it concentrated and to focus our energy and resources on further developing it as the industry one-stop shop for talent from Romania and Moldova during Transilvania IFF. The new initiative related to policy-making and regional cooperation is a natural step that we considered necessary in the current digital and European film landscape," said Alex Trăilă, TIFF's head of industry.