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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the Romanian audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: Romania

Country profile: Romania

27 December 2020

Romanian comedy Teambuilding threatens Avatar at the local box office

Box Office - Romania

Romanian comedy Teambuilding threatens Avatar at the local box office

With more than 800,000 admissions racked up in six weeks, Matei Dima, Cosmin Nedelcu and Alex Coteţ’s independent comedy is the most popular Romanian film since 1994  

08 November 2022

Romania introduces a 4% levy on VoD services

Institutions / Legislation - Romania

Romania introduces a 4% levy on VoD services

The new law requires them to pay on revenues generated within the country, from subscriptions or single transactions for viewing audiovisual works  

24 October 2022

At Film O’Clock, experts discuss how to preserve cinematic heritage

Industry / Market - Romania/Lithuania/Greece/South Africa

At Film O’Clock, experts discuss how to preserve cinematic heritage

The panellists, working for institutions based in four countries, shared their experience in restoration, and organising special screenings, online initiatives and in-person exhibitions  

04 March 2022

The Astra Film Lab hands out awards to three documentary projects

Astra 2021 – DokTank/Awards

The Astra Film Lab hands out awards to three documentary projects

Films from Hungary, Romania and Moldova have received support from Astra’s industry platform  

14 September 2021

Eleven documentary projects to be pitched at the Astra Film Lab

Astra 2021 - DokTank

Eleven documentary projects to be pitched at the Astra Film Lab

“We were impressed by the vitality of documentary filmmaking in the region,” say the organisers  

05 September 2021

The Romanian film community deeply concerned about the fate of the local cash rebate scheme

Institutions / Legislation - Romania

The Romanian film community deeply concerned about the fate of the local cash rebate scheme

Despite many promises, the Romanian government does not seem willing to re-activate the scheme  

14 May 2021

Transilvania IFF to expand its industry platform for 20th edition

Transilvania 2021 – TIFF Industry

Transilvania IFF to expand its industry platform for 20th edition

The platform will be restructured to better accommodate the post-pandemic needs of the industry  

09 March 2021

How to shoot a film during a global pandemic: the EFM presents a case study on Radu Jude's Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Berlinale 2021 - EFM

How to shoot a film during a global pandemic: the EFM presents a case study on Radu Jude's Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

BERLINALE 2021: The panel from the Berlinale Co-Production Market centred on the Romanian director's latest film, shot in Bucharest during the pandemic last summer  

03 March 2021

Record breaker Miami Bici saves the Romanian domestic box office from total disaster

Box Office - Romania

Record breaker Miami Bici saves the Romanian domestic box office from total disaster

Jesús del Cerro’s movie helped total admissions for domestic films to drop by only 23%, and not by 94%, in 2020  

17 February 2021

Eleven documentary projects pitched in Astra’s DokTank

Astra 2020 – DokTank

Eleven documentary projects pitched in Astra’s DokTank

The selected projects hail from Romania, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Canada and Jordan  

16 October 2020

The Pustnik Screenwriters Residency opens call for applications for its sixth edition

Industry / Market - Romania

The Pustnik Screenwriters Residency opens call for applications for its sixth edition

The Romanian event is tweaking its format following the health crisis and is being organised under a new theme  

26 May 2020

230 Romanian film companies call on decision makers to save the industry

Industry / Market - Romania

230 Romanian film companies call on decision makers to save the industry

The national initiative also offers suggestions on a range of tools that could revive the industry in the wake of the health crisis  

15 May 2020

TIFF Unlimited to go international in June

Transilvania 2020

TIFF Unlimited to go international in June

One year after it was launched, the Transilvania IFF’s VoD platform is set to offer Romanian films to worldwide audiences  

12 May 2020

160 Romanian filmmakers appeal to local institutions for adequate measures during the crisis

Institutions / Legislation - Romania

160 Romanian filmmakers appeal to local institutions for adequate measures during the crisis

Hasty decisions by a National Film Center that seems to have gone into hiding have caused quite a stir in the local film industry  

03 April 2020

Domestic releases double in popularity in Romania

Box Office - Romania

Domestic releases double in popularity in Romania

Yearly admissions have increased from 389,172 in 2018 to 785,957 in 2019  

08 January 2020

A focus on Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria by Europa Distribution

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Romania/Hungary/Bulgaria

A focus on Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria by Europa Distribution

The European distributors network sheds some light on the situation of independent film distribution in the countries  

13 December 2019

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