18-06-2020

European Film Festival in Romania moves online for this year’s edition

In this extraordinary context, the 24th edition of the European Film Festival (24.EFF) migrates from cinemas to online and takes place from 17 to 21 June on the TIFF Unlimited platform. On June 21, a collection of 18 films made by Romanian directors in isolation will be made available worldwide. 

24.FFE comes with a selection of European short films (EUShorts) curated by Andrei Tănăsescu, the artistic director of this edition (newly appointed in the selection committee of Venice Days / Giornate degli Autori, the independent lineup that runs alongside the Venice Film Festival) and with a vast collection of films made by Romanian directors in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic (Cinem@casa / Cinem@Home)

By the end of March, it was clear that difficult weeks, if not months, laid ahead for the entire film industry. With film shoots and festivals placed on indefinite hiatus, we sent out a call for shorts – meant at first as a morale boost and opportunity for filmmakers’ creativity to be engaged. At the same time, we were curious to see and showcase the creative potential of filmmakers placed within the limited artistic confines of imposed quarantine.
The response was overwhelming. Not only did we have established filmmakers joining emerging directors, but the variety of cinematic perspectives and expressions ran from documentary, animation, fiction and experimental cinema. The end-result is a distinct, focused body of works that are at once personal, introspective yet also playful and jubilant, painting a spirited cinematic mosaic. We are extremely proud of the Cinem@casa / Cinem@home project, of the trust given to us by the filmmakers, but also of the support offered by the European Commission. stated Andrei Tănăsescu, the artistic director of 24.EFF.

Cinem@casa / Cinem@Home - EFF continues the tradition of inviting Romanian directors to take overCinem@casa / Cinem@Home - EFF continues the tradition of inviting Romanian directors to take overthe symbolic role of ambassadors of European cinema, and this year we invited several Romaniandirectors to shoot short films inspired by the new quarantine reality. 21 directors welcomed theassignment and commented cinematically their confinement time: Radu Jude , Alexandru Solomon,Bogdan Mureșanu, Paul Negoescu & Ana Drăghici, Mona Nicoară & Edin Vélez, Marius Olteanu, MateiBranea, Vlad Petri, Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, Alina Manolache, Andra Tarara & David Schwartz,Ruxandra Ghițescu, Andrei Inizian, Laura Pop, Matei Monoranu, Sofia Neleaga, Teona Galgoțiu and VladPopa.

The collection will be made available worldwide on June 21

The full program is available here: https://ffe.ro/2020/cinemacasaen/.

EUShorts - brings to the public's attention a selection of European short films, a true panorama ofEUShorts - brings to the public's attention a selection of European short films, a true panorama ofEuropean multiculturalism and film creativity, of the issues, concerns and aspirations of Europe.The full program is available here: https://ffe.ro/2020/eushorts/

The European Film Festival is organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute, with the support of the European Commission Representation in Romania, under the aegis of EUNIC Romania, in partnershipwith the embassies and cultural centres of European countries.

The European Film Festival is a project initiated in 1996, by the Delegation of the European Commissionin Romania, to celebrate Europe’s Day, on 9th of May. Starting with 2007, after Romania's accession tothe European Union, the Festival is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Annex: Shorts of Cinem@Home section

Alexandru Solomon – Recycled Travels (10’)
Alina Manolache – I am here (15 min)
Andra Tarara & David Schwartz – The Land That Never Sleeps (17’)
Andrei Inizian – May 22, New Moon (10’)
Bogdan Mureșanu – The Merry-go-round (7’)
Bogdan Theodor Olteanu – Pineapple (12’)
Laura Pop – Atriums, Ventricles (2’, animation)
Marius Olteanu – Unthinking. Unfeeling (9’)
Matei Branea – Exterior in isolation (3’, animation)
Matei Monoranu – What to do at home? (2’, animation)
Mona Nicoară & Edin Vélez – Keep Your Splendid Silent Sun (13’)
Paul Negoescu & Ana Drăghici – Schools will not reopen (16’)
Radu Jude – Dear Intellectuals (4’)
Ruxandra Ghițescu – The Rabbit and Cat (9’)
Sofia Nelega – Projection Booth Diary (10’)
Teona Galgoțiu – Elephant far away (12’)
Vlad Petri – The Deer passed in front of me (29’)
Vlad Popa – Diary with my Mother (25’)

Annex: EUShorts selection:

Acid Rain – r: Tomek Popakul / Poland / 2019 / 26′ animation
All Cats Are Grey in the Dark / Nachts sind alle Katzen grau– r: Lasse Linder / Switzerland / 2019 / 19’ documentary
All Inclusive – r: Teemu Nikki / Finland / 2019 / 15’
Bad Hair / Karv – r: Oskar Lehemaa / Estonia / 2019 / 14’
Community Gardens – r: Vytautas Katkus / Lithuania / 2019 / 15’
Cyclists / Biciklisti – r: Veljko Popović / Croatia / 2018 / 8' animation
Daughter / Dcera – r: Daria Kashcheeva / Czech Republic / 2019 / 15’ animation
Don't Know What – r: Thomas Renoldner / Austria / 2019 / 8’
Drop by Drop / Água Mole – r: Alexandra Ramires (Xá), Laura Gonçalves / Portugal / 2017 / 9′ animation
Dummy / Atkūrimas – r: Laurynas Bareisa / Lithuania / 2020 / 13’
Electric Swan – r: Konstantina Kotzamani / Greece / 2019 / 40’
Eyes that do not see / Ojos que no ven – r: Natalia Mateo / Spain / 2012 / 15’
Farewell / Slovo – r: Leon Vidmar / Slovenia / 2016 / 6’ animation
Father / Vader – r: Isabel Lamberti / The Netherlands / 2019 / 24’ documentary
Hydebank – r: Ross McClean / UK, Northern Ireland / 2019 / 17’ documentary
Lauretta – r: Brauner Máté / Hungary / 2018 / 19’ 
Matria – r: Álvaro Gago / Spain / 2017 / 20’
No Ill will / Ikki illa meint – r: Andrias Høgenni / Denmark / 2019 / 21’ 
SH_THAPPENS – r: Michaela Mihályi, David Štumpf / Slovakia / 2019 / 13′ animation
Symbiosis – r: Nadja Andrasev / Hungary / 2019 / 13′ animation
Tenants / Lokatorki – r: Klara Kochańska / Poland / 2015 / 30’
The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin / Le Discours d'acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin – r: Benjamin Crotty / France / 2018 / 26′
Zombies - Baloji / Belgium / 2018 / 13’
Who talks / Ingen Lyssnar – r: Elin Övergaard / Sweden / 2019 / 15’
Whole – r: Slava Doytcheva / Bulgaria / 2018 / 21’

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