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 by offering the best of the latest independent films selected in festivals such as Sundance, New York, Tribeca, Telluride, Toronto, Berlin, Venice or Cannes. Every year, the films attest the vitality of the cinema outside the Hollywood conventions. The film programme is completed by events, masterclasses, Q&A sessions, open talks and workshops.

Each year, AIFF donates the organiser’s proceeds from ticket sales to a humanitarian cause promoted through the festival.

In the past editions we had the honour of welcoming in Bucharest actors: Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Ethan Hawke, Sean Baker, Sebastian Stan, and directors: Roberto Minervini and Jacques Audiard as special guests. The festival also organized online discussions with some of the most prominent directors of recent American cinema: Barry Jenkins, Sean Baker, Kent Jones, Paul Schrader, Benh Zeitlin and Steven Spielberg.

This year’s edition in Bucharest will inaugurate a new format, with screenings at the Cinema Elvire Popesco and Cinemateca Eforie, from 21-24 of April, and outdoor screenings at Roaba de Cultură in Herastrău Park, from 23-25 of June.

In Cluj-Napoca, American Independent Film Festival will take place between 21-23 of April at Cinema Victoria and Cinema Arta.