Locarno, Transilvania Fests Pact to Promote Young Romanian Directors

LONDON — Locarno Film Festival and Transilvania Intl. Film Festival will join forces to promote the winning Romanian directors from Transilvania Pitch Stop at Locarno Industry Days, which runs Aug. 9-11.

The young directors will have the opportunity to meet with Locarno’s industry participants, and pitch their projects to producers, film funds, financing companies, sales agents and distributors.

The multi-year partnership focuses on promoting the new generation of Romanian filmmakers and helping them through their first steps in film financing.

The TPS winning projects participating at the Industry Days are Daniel Sandu’s “Tatal muta muntii” (Father Moves Mountains), which won the Transilvania Pitch Stop Development Award, and Cristi Iftime’s “Marita,” produced by HiFilm Productions, which won the Transilvania Pitch Stop Post-Production Award.

Nadia Dresti, Locarno’s artistic direction delegate and head of international, said: “We’re very happy to welcoming the TPS emerging directors to Locarno. They belong to the new generation of Romanian cinema, which has reached a very high international recognition, becoming an important and vital part of the contemporary film culture. The Locarno Industry Days will be a perfect platform to find their matching partners for their first films.”

Mihai Chirilov, artistic director of the Tranilvania Intl. Film Festival, said: “To further expand its commitment to support the New Romanian Cinema, Transilvania Intl. Film Festival added to the ever popular Romanian Days event a brand new platform designed to spot and promote the most promising projects from first-time directors: Transilvania Pitch Stop. We are extremely happy about our new partnership with the prestigious Festival del Film Locarno, enhancing the visibility of the two winning TPS projects, and increasing their international potential.”

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