American Independent Film Festival is an American film, culture and lifestyle festival which sets out to use the popularity of cinema and cultural values it promotes for the cultural, educational, training, professional and humanitarian benefit of the Romanian audience for whom these values have a significant role. American Independent Film Festival aims to educate the public, and build the taste for arthouse cinema, trying to offer the latest independent films selected in festivals such as Sundance, New York, Tribeca, Telluride, Toronto or Berlin, Venice, Cannes. Every year, the films attest the vitality of a cinema that is outside the Hollywood conventions. The films are joined by events, masterclasses, Q&A, Open Talks, workshops.

In the past editions we had welcomed special guests in Bucharest – actors Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Ethan Hawke, Sean Baker and Sebastian Stan, and directors Roberto Minervini and Jacques Audiard. The festival had also organized online discussions with one of the most prominent directors of recent American cinema (Barry Jenkins, Sean Baker, Kent Jones, Paul Schrader, Benh Zeitlin, Kitty Green).

American Independent Film Festival donates the organiser’s proceeds from ticket sales to a humanitarian cause promoted through the festival. This year, the festival will collaborate with local associations supporting the influx of refugees in Romania as a result of the war in Ukraine.

American Independent Film Festival will take place this year between April 15th-21st in several cinemas and locations in Bucharest.