The 12th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest ended last night. For 10 days, viewers were able to watch over 80 films, most of them for the first time, in cinemas, outdoors, but also online, on Orange TV Go. It was an edition with many changes, prompted by the current situation, but we are glad to see that cinema keeps its importance in people’s lives, especially in a changing period, in which streaming platforms are gaining more ground, said the festival team.
During the closing gala of the festival that took place at the Peasant Museum Cinema, the awards of the 12th edition were announced. Like always, the feature films screened in the Autumn Previews section are eligible for the Audience Award, consisting of a distribution support oferred by Dacin Sara. The winers of the award worth 2,500 euros is Immaculate directed by Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillermark.
Among the projects produced or co-produced in Romania entered in the 6th edition of Works in Progress (WiP), the international jury composed by Marcin Łuczaj (sales agent, New Europe Film Sales) and Paolo Bertolin (programmer – Venice Film International Festival) chose the winners of the two awards as follows: Anhell 69, the feature film project signed by Theo Montoya, won the post-production award offered by Avanpost, and Between Revolutions, the documentary signed by Vlad Petri, the post-production award offered by Multimedia Est.
During yesterday’s gala, the winners of the 3rd edition of the Write a Screenplay For…, the script contest organized by Cinemascop Association with the support of HBO Europe at the American Independent Film Festival (AIFF) were also announced. After the first editions asked screenwriters to write for Sebastian Stan, Anamaria Marinca or Vlad Ivanov, this year WSF invited filmmakers and writers to propose ideas and stories for young audiences, the so-called Generation Z.
Maria Orban – Award for Best Screenplay for Limited Exposure Time and Doru Vatavului – Award for Best Screenplay for a Mini-TV Series for Me and You against the Rest were the two winners announced by Ioanina Pavel – Producer HBO Europe.
The 12th edition of the festival brought back the collaboration with the one-minute film festival. During Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, before the film screenings, but also online on Orange TV Go, viewers were able to enjoy one-minute films from around the world, films that are part of the Filminute Film Festival 2021 selection. Like previous years, the public was invited to vote for their favorite film, this time online on filmedefestival.ro, and a jury composed of Ana Dumitrașcu, Lucia Chicoș and Bogdan Balla, awarded the Jury Prize to directors Nicolas Bianco-Levrin and Julie Rembauville for Beware the Wolf. The Audience Award was won by Autumn directed by Jean-Marie Villeneuve.
During last night’s gala, the winners of the competition organized by Renault Romania on the occasion of the 12th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest were also announced. Thus, the grand prize (consisting of an iPhone 13 and a weekend with the new Renault ARKANA) was awarded to Daniel Popa and the special prize (a three-month pass to Cinema Elvire Popesco) to Adrian Ianculescu.
The ten days of the festival brought the public from Bucharest, but also to the national one (through the online programme and the regional editions), the latest films from Cannes and from other important festivals of the world, most of them for the first time in Romania. The screenings were booked at the maximum capacity provided by the safety regulations of this period, both in cinemas and in our outdoor location.
The audience could meet with Ana Teodora Mihai, the director of La Civil, the opening film of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, and with the beloved actor Victor Rebengiuc for a conversation with Cătălin Ștefănescu for a gala organised with the support of Sun Wave Pharma, 88 Minutes with Victor Rebengiuc.
Photo credit: Ionuț Rusu / Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest
The special guest of Managing Talents programme was actress Anamaria Vartolomei which met with participants in a private screening of L’événement, the winner of the Golden Lion in Venice. The event was also attended by director Cristian Mungiu who discussed and worked with the actress in a public workshop. Managing Talents is an event presented by Apa Nova.
Photo credit: Ionuț Rusu / Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest
Ioana Flora was present for the screening of the latests episodes of the series Fragile and discussed with the public about the following stages of the project. The audience of the festival was able to meet the cast and crews of films screened in the Autumn Previews section at the National Museum of Art – Auditorium Hall.
The well-known filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa was present in a Zoom talk about his filmography with a focus on the three films screened for Sergei Loznitsa Retrospective.
Offline, most of the screenings, including the additional ones scheduled after the announcement of the new restrictions, were sold out, which showed once again the passion Bucharest audiences hold for auteur cinema.
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is presented by Orange România, traditional partner of the event.
Inspired by: UniCredit Bank
With support from: Sun Wave Pharma, Apa Nova, Groupama, Dacin Sara, Mercure Hotels, Catena
A cultural Project financed by: Ministry of Culture and National Identity, Romanian Film Center, SACD, French Embassy in Romania and French Institute in Romania.
Project co-financed by Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB as part of the programme Bucharest – Open City 2021. For detailed information about the Financing Programme of Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB, you can access www.arcub.ro
Oficial car: Renault
Festival’s coffee: Nespresso
Festival’s hub: Lokal
Partners: National Musem of Art of Romania, Romanian Peasant Cinema, Romanian Cinematheque, Avanpost, Multimedia Est, Europa Cinemas, Serve, Cărturești Bookstores, Verona Garden, Eventbook
Main media partners: Radio Guerrilla, TVR, Agerpres
Media partners: Zile și Nopți, Cinemap, Cinemagia, Ziarul Metropolis, Film Menu, iQAds, Smark, Movie News, LiterNet, The Institute, ELLE, Senso TV, Tonica, AARC, CineGhid, Munteanu, Films in Frame, Radio România Cultural, Blitz TV, Dentsu, Igloo
Cultural partner: RFI România
The 12th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organised by Asociația Cinemascop and Voodoo Films.