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Debate on the new Draft Law on Cinematography elaborated by CNC

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will organize a series of industry events, open discussions and panels during the 10-day program (October 19-28), where industry professionals, programmers and festival directors, decision-making politicians as well as film aficionados interested in the inner workings of the cinema industry.

At its third edition, the Works in Progress (WiP) section of the festival brings to the attention of film industry professionals no less than 13 projects produced or co-produced in Romania, all of which are in the post-production phase. The event will take place on October 20 and 21. The productions will get the chance to be seen by the programmers from the most prestigious European film festivals — which have constantly shown Romanian films in recent years.

The following have confirmed their participation: Christian Jeune (Cannes Festival), Valentina Novati (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes), Anna Hoffmann (Berlin International Film Festival, Forum), Karel Och (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival), Evgeny Gusyatinskiy (Rotterdam International Film Festival), Christine Dollholfer (Crossing Europe, Linz International Film Festival), and David Kessler (CEO Orange Studio).

On Tuesday, October 23 at 10:00, Cinemateca Union will host the open discussion: Romanian and European Cinema Legislation.

The debate will focus on three main topics:

  1. Changes in European legislation in the era of Netflix and Amazon platforms, and proposals referring to copyright in this new context. Radu Mihăileanu, President of ARP France, will review the most important changes.
  2. The Romanian law of the rebate, which aims to stimulate the production of foreign films in Romania, and for which the Romanian state has estimated an allocation of circa 50 million euros. The discussion is meant to clarify eligibility conditions for this fund. Ms. Livia Stan, an expert from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), will present the main points of this piece of legislation.
  3. The new cinematography bill will be debated, which was drafted by the National Cinematography Center (CNC). Representatives of the CNC, Ms. Anca Mitran and Mr. Alex Trăilă, will present the main changes proposed in the project displayed on the institution’s website. Among those invited to participate and to present their views are filmmakers, representatives of filmmaking organizations or professional organizations, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Culture and National Identity and the Cultural Commissions of the Romanian Parliament.

Thursday, October 25 @ 10:00 a.m., at the Studio Cinema, there will take place a panel entitled, “We have a cinema. What do we do with it?” The debate will take as its base a discussion, which began in February this year, with representatives of the European Commission, regarding the possibility of opening a funding line through the MEDIA platform for the modern redevelopment of cinemas in Eastern Europe, starting with those in Romania.

Thursday’s meeting aims to bring together the organizations and structures that should collaborate in the rehabilitation of cinema theaters: local and central administration units that have obtained in court various cinemas, Alex Trăilă from the National Center for Cinematography, representatives of the MEDIA Fund in Romania, Claude Eric Poiroux and Fatima Djoumer, representatives of Europa Cinemas, SACD France, and the Architects’ Union, represented by architect Ileana Tureanu (UAR president) and the Architecture Biennial commissar, Bogdan Tofan, who built a model for transforming these theaters into cultural hubs. A 3D layout will be presented at the meeting. Invitations have been sent to representatives of the Bucharest City Hall, the local authorities that have recovered cinema theaters, as well as the Ministry of Culture and National Identity. Free entry, but space is limited.

Also on Thursday at 3 pm, the French Library Kyralina will host the Debat des Cinéastes — a dialogue between Romanian and French filmmakers regarding today’s public and the future of cinema as art. Guillaume Nicloux, Olivier Dô Hùu, Andrei Ujică, Corneliu Porumboiu and other filmmakers are the panelists moderated by Mirel Bran and Cristian Mungiu. Entrance is free, as long as seating is available.

On Sunday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m.: Development Labs — a presentation of some of Europe’s most prestigious and efficient cinematographic development laboratories. Entrance is free. Participants:
Georges Goldenstern (Cannes at Résidence / Cinefondation / L’Atelier), Matthieu Darras (Torino Film Lab / Trieste When East Meets West), Julie Metzdorff  (Sources 2, Germany), Marija Krunic (International Filmmaking Academy, Bologna – laboratory for cinema students). The event is the first step towards the realization of Les Films pour Cannes à Bucarest, a laboratory that does not aim to compete with existing ones but to associate them in a partnership for the benefit of filmmakers.

The third edition of Managing Talents, the program for Romanian actors, will be held on October 27th and 28th. The details of how to sign up and the casting agencies that will participate in this edition will be made public soon on the festival’s website.


Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is presented by Orange Romania, a traditional partner of the event.

Supported by: BRD – Groupe Société Générale

Official car of the festival: Renault

 With the support of: Catena, Groupama Asigurări, Silva, Apa Nova

The ninth edition of the Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organized by the Cinemascop Association and Voodoo Films, in partnership with the Embassy of France and the French Institute in Bucharest.

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is a cultural project financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the National Center of Cinematography, the Bucharest City Hall via ARCUB, kwith the support of SACD / Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers) and the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, DACIN SARA, CREDIDAM.

Partners: Air France, KLM, Romanian Cultural Institute, the Mexican Embassy in Romania, Hotel Mercure, UPS, Defi, SERVE, Universitatea Hyperion.

The Lucian Pintilie homage is organized in partnership between Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest and the National Theatre Festival, in collaboration with Filmex Romania and the National Center of Cinematography, with the support of Fundația 9.

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