Variety: Transilvania Film Festival turns 20 with Summer Outdoor Edition

The Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a summer outdoor edition in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, July 23 through Aug. 1. In 2020, 45,000 people watched 159 films in 14 venues in Cluj and its surroundings, and the locations will be used again in 2021. Indoor screenings will be scheduled, pandemic permitting, following COVID-safe measures, says

“2020 was a very challenging year for everyone, and for our team as well. We were the first to embark on creating a physical edition in Europe at such a large scale, in a very tight time frame and with restrictive measures in place. We now have the pandemic experience of running a festival, we can only hope that the context will remain favorable and that the 20th edition will be an unforgettable get-together for fans, friends and dear guests of TIFF”, said TIFF president Tudor Giurgiu.

The program will include some 150 features, live performances, talks and exhibitions, while the industry platform will feature both online and offline components. Final details will depend on the possibility of both participants and industry professionals to travel to Cluj.

“It’s harder to look ahead at a time when the cinematic experience as we know it is seriously affected, but here we are, 20 years later, with the same determination to create a relevant, attractive, educational and performing event for all those who long for the vibration of a collective experience,” added festival artistic director Mihai Chirilov. “TIFF 2021 aims to offers not only a memorable event, but also the hope of regaining an almost lost normality.”

A film selection will also be made available online simultaneously in Romania, on the festival’s streaming platform TIFF Unlimited.

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