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Introduction to the film festival

Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) is organized by the Romanian Film Promotion and the Transilvania Film Festival Association and is the first and most prestigious competitive feature film festival in Romania. 

The primary objective of TIFF is to promote cinema as an art form by presenting some of the most significant films of the moment - films endowed with originality and free expression, exhibiting unconventional uses of cinematic language, or expressing emerging cutting-edge currents. 

TIFF is an annual event whose 22nd edition will take place in Cluj-Napoca, in Transylvania, in June 2023. Each selected film will be screened at least twice. The screenings take place both in traditional movie theaters and in unconventional locations. A representative selection from the 2023 Transilvania IFF program will be subsequently shown in Bucharest, Sibiu, Oradea and other selected cities during TIFF Unlimited Caravan.

Awards

Awards Main awards in the official competition The Transilvania Trophy for best film in the Official Competition (EUR 10,000, divided 50-50 between director and majority producer; cannot be awarded ex-aequo). Best Director in the Official Competition (EUR 3,500, going towards the director). Special Jury Prize (EUR 1,000, going towards the director). Best Performance (EUR 1,000, going towards a male or female actor or ensemble). The Official Competition Jury may award two special mentions. 

Other TIFF awards:  

Best Documentary Award, for the best film in What's Up, Doc? section. (EUR 2,000 going towards the director; cannot be awarded ex-aequo).

FIPRESCI Award, offered by a jury of members of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) to a feature film in the Romanian Days section. 

Audience Award, decided by audience vote among the films in the Official Competition.  

Excellence Award, dedicated to an outstanding figure of Romanian cinema. 

Lifetime Achievement Award, dedicated to an outstanding figure of world cinema. 

Romanian Days Award: Feature Film (divided 50-50 between director and majority producer).

Romanian Days Award: Short (going towards the director).

Romanian Days Award: Debut (going towards the selected winner).

 

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Drama others Documentary
Subject :Unlimited
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP

1. Release (world premiere) dates for films selected in the competitive programs of the festival must be after May 1, 2022.

2. Foreign and Romanian entries in the Official Competition and What’s Up, Doc? competition must not have been screened in Romania. 

3. National premieres have priority in the Romanian Days section. 

4. Screening materials must be on DCP or HD digital files. 

5. As films are presented in the original language with Romanian and English subtitling as necessary, selected films must provide an English (or, in exceptional cases, French) dialogue list in a customary electronic format (.srt, .stl, .sub, .ssa, etc, but not .pdf or .xls) which includes time codes.

6. The festival does not provide screening fees for films in the competitive sections of Transilvania IFF (the Official Competition, What's up, doc?, Romanian Days).

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile

Authorization type

    Proxy Submission

Duration (several sessions)

    22

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Cash prize
  • Trophy
  • Copyright transactions
  • Certificate

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2022-10-27
    Submission start time

  • 2022-12-13
    Earlybird Deadline

  • 2023-01-30
    Final Deadline

  • 2023-01-30
    Submission end time

  • 2023-05-17
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2023-05-22
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2023-06-17
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2023-06-22
    Award ceremony end time

Categories and fees

  • Full Moon
    Video length :60 - 900
    Showcase for fantasy, thriller, and horror genre features.

    2022/12/13
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 20 Dollar

    2023/01/30
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 40 Dollar

    Student: 40 Dollar

  • Official Competition
    Video length :60 - 300
    Representative for the most recent output in world cinema, this section is open to first and second-time feature filmmakers. Only national premieres are considered.

    2022/12/13
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 20 Dollar

    2023/01/30
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 40 Dollar

    Student: 40 Dollar

  • Supernova
    Video length :60 - 300
    Non-competitive showcase of the most significant features of the year, including titles awarded in major international festivals, works by renowned auteurs, national box-office leaders, and audience hits, meant for TIFF’s open-air screenings.

    2022/12/13
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 20 Dollar

    2023/01/30
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 40 Dollar

    Student: 40 Dollar

  • What's Up, Doc?
    Video length :60 - 300
    Competitive section open to filmmakers at their first or second feature documentary. Only national premieres are considered. The minimum length of the films in the competitive section is 60 minutes.

    2022/12/13
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 20 Dollar

    2023/01/30
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 40 Dollar

    Student: 40 Dollar

  • No Limit
    Video length :60 - 300
    Non-competitive section dedicated to features and documentaries that are provocative, controversial, experimental, transgressive, and innovating in both form and content. In addition to the sections above, Transilvania IFF’s 22nd edition includes special events, conferences, workshops, master classes, non-competitive sections (national showcases, best-of selections, auteur retrospectives, etc.), media education and cinematic arts programs for children and teenagers, concerts, photo exhibits, book launches, etc.

    2022/12/13
    Earlybird Deadline

    Standard: 20 Dollar

    Student: 20 Dollar

    2023/01/30
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 40 Dollar

    Student: 40 Dollar

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