The Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) is the first film festival in Romania with an international feature film competition, which is held annually in the historic capital of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca. The city is one of the largest urban centers in Romania and home for more than 500,000 permanent residents and students.
This year, from 2-11 June, the 16th TIFF attracted more than 130,000 attendees with workshops, launch events, exhibitions, debates and outdoor screenings with AIRSCREEN. Five of the 27 presented titles were world premieres, like Iulia Rugină’s “Breaking News” and Dan Chișu’s The Anniversary/ Aniversarea, and presented on the most important square in the city, the Piața Unirii. The square is one of the largest in Romania, with the St. Michael’s Church, a statue of King of Hungary Matthias Corvinus, the old town hall and the National Museum of Art also being located there. The difficulties of setting up a huge movie screen in such a historic environment that must not be damaged are avoided by the choice for a relatively lightweight inflatable AIRSCREEN, which does not leave a permanent stain on the venue.
The festival’s main goal is the promotion of cinematic art by presenting some of the most innovative and spectacular films of the moment that feature both originality and independence of expression, that reflect unusual cinematic language forms or focus on current trends in youth culture. Founded in 2002 by the Romanian Film Promotion, it has grown rapidly to become the most important film-related event in Romania. In 2010, Indiewire listed the TIFF as one of the world’s top 50 leading film festivals.
Cluj is a center of creative industries and home for a record number of companies. The city has always enjoyed a rich cultural life – there are two theaters, two operas, a puppet theater, a philharmonic and various museums, from art, history and ethnography to zoology or pharmacy. The activity of these institutions is complemented by a youth-oriented and independent cultural scene, represented by associations of artists, galleries and a painting school with internationally recognized achievements. Cinema has a rich history here: In the early 20th century, the city hosted the first manifestations of this industry in Transylvania.
The JIIFF is an international film festival that takes place in José Ignacio, Uruguay. The festival revolves around the screening of internationally recognized movies, in an environment where young people, families, residents and visitors of José Ignacio can share an enriching experience. From 6th – 15th January 2017, the seventh instalment of the JIIFF took place.
José Ignacio is a town that extends for several kilometres along the Atlantic Coast, nearby Punta del Este, a glamorous and busy playground often compared to St.-Tropez or Cannes. Even though José Ignacio has itself evolved into a true hot spot in Latin America, favoured by wealthy jet-setters from around the world, it has kept its old style and became a popular summer enclave and hideaway from enormous hotel chains, expensive shopping streets and loud nightclubs. The town appeals to those who prefer the wittingly bohemian. An informal atmosphere, hand-painted street signs, mom-and-pop boutiques and bed-and-breakfasts determine the picture. Although the region is rather recognized by its chefs, not by its artists, you can always discover a painter or sculptor in José Ignacio, who chose this particular environment as a workplace.
With the ambition to enlarge the cultural offer of the town, a group of young entrepreneurs around director/programmer Fiona Pittaluga, programmer Pablo Mazzola and programmer Mariana Rubi, launched the José Ignacio International Film Festival seven years ago. The movies shown are not the typical commercial titles, but rather independent names like Harmonium by Kôji Fukada (Japan), Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade (Germany) and Kékszakállú by Gastón Solnicki (Argentina).
What makes the JIIFF particularly special is that all its movie screenings are happening outdoors. There are Pop-up cinemas directly at the beach, near the town, and at the old abandoned train station of Garzón, a few kilometres from José Ignacio. No problem with the AIRSCREEN mobile outdoor cinema systems, which were easily and quickly inflated and deflated where they were needed. The entrance of the festival is free and attracts hundreds of people from throughout the region, who travel to José Ignacio to see the movies in this idyllic environment. With for example around 500 people attending the screening of this years opening film Aquarius by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil), the seventh instalment of the JIIFF was an unquestionable success.
At the 11th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) 118 films were screened in 8 days, including 55 world premieres in 34 languages. As every year many regional and international stars graced the red carpet: Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, British actress Emily Blunt, US-star Virginia Madsen or Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif, just to name a few. Furthermore, well-known actress Eva Longoria was hosting a benefit gala and DIFF awarded the legendary Indian singer Asha Bhosle with the lifetime achievement award.
Of course the open air cinema was not to be omitted as it is already an irreplaceable component of the festival for years. With a stunning 24m (80ft) wide inflatable movie screen (AIRSCREEN) many international films were shown for free. DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said: “It’s our absolute pleasure to be uniting keen audiences with a line-up of brilliant films through our free public screenings.”
The DIFF is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is predicting its most extravagant show yet. From the 6th-14th December 2013, Dubai becomes a hotbed of international movies and film stars as the world comes to celebrate the movies of the year and some very special premieres as well. Not only is the festival an excellent opportunity to promote Arab Cinema but is now considered to be one of the leading film festivals in the world.
174 films and documentaries will be shown during the festival at a number of venues all over Dubai. As well as this, there is an awards ceremony with A-list movie stars such as Martin Sheen and Cate Blanchett in attendance during the festival. One of the stand out venues though is at Burj Park in downtown Dubai where a free event called Screen on the Green is taking place. On a giant 20m x 10m (66ft x 33ft) inflatable movie screen over 1,000 guests will be able to enjoy the magic of film at the foot of the world’s largest building the Burj Khalifa. Films from the Arab world and further afield will be shown here from the 6th-14th December on the AIRSCREEN.