The festival will take place from April 27 to May 3rd, at Cinema PRO and Cinema National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest.

Hollywood actor with Romanian roots, Sebastian Stan, who starred in some of the most important US film productions, alongside actors like Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr., will come to Bucharest in the spring. Sebastian Stan will be the guest of honor of the second edition of the American Independent Film Festival that will take place in Bucharest from April 27 to May 3rd 2018, and he will present the premiere of his latest film, the biopic „I, Tonya”, directed by Craig Gillespie, a film nominated for three Oscars, won a Golden Globe and received five BAFTA nominations.  

Beside Sebastian Stan, this year’s edition of the American Independent Film Festival will invite other guest personalities of the American cinema and will present a selection of the newest, most appreciated American independent films.

The Romanian public – in dialogue with Sebastian Stan at American IFF

Sebastian Stan stars alongside Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in „I, Tonya” (2017), a film about the famous skater Tonya Harding, one of the most appreciated productions of the year, with three Oscar nominations, a Golden Globe award received by Allison Janney and 5 BAFTA nominations. The film will open this year’s edition of the festival on April 27th, and it will be followed by a discussion with Sebastian Stan. Thus giving the Romanian public the chance to find out what it is like to work on set along with actors like Meryl Streep, Margot Robbie, Anne Hathaway or Ashton Kutcher.

Sebastian Stan is the most notorious Romanian actor who managed to succeed in the American film industry. His charm and talent was remarked by important directors who offered him roles in Oscar productions. He acted alongside Matt Damon in „The Martian” (7 Oscar nominations), while in another awarded production, „Black Swan”, he joined a cast of famous actors – Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel. He also starred in Broadway musicals and in „Gossip Girl”, a most popular series among American teenagers.  In the newest film of the „Captain America” trilogy, he has a leading part alongside Robert Downey Junior, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Samuel L. Jackson. The Romanian actor also received some Romanian lines in films.

Sebastian Stan was born on August 13, 1982, in Constanta, Romania. At eight, he moved with his mother to Vienna, he received his first role at ten, in the film „71 fragments of a Chronology of Chance” directed by notorious Austrian director, Michael Haneke. Two years later, his family moved across the Ocean to Rockland County, New York. Sebastian graduated Rutgers University in New Jersey and spent a year at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

The first edition of AIFF took place in September 2017 and hosted special guests such as Ethan Hawke, Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly. Director Barry Jenkins, Oscar winner for Best Film in 2017, opened the festival with a live Q&A through Skype which followed the screening of “Moonlight”.

Based on the tradition of great American narrative films, the festival aims to present a selection of the latest independent productions made in the US, critically acclaimed titles, featured in major North American festivals such as Sundance, New York, Tribeca, Telluride, or Toronto. The second edition of the American Independent Film Festival takes place from April 27 to May 3rd, 2018 at Cinema PRO and the Cinema National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest.

The program of the festival and all news regarding the films and events of the festival will be updated on the website and on the Facebook page American Independent Film Festival.(@AmericanIFF)

American Independent Film Festival is organized by Asociatia Cinemascop, with the support of the Romanian National Film Center, and sustained by Catena.