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In the heart of Transylvania, land of Dracula, is the city of Cluj-Napoca host of the Transylvania International Transfer 16mm Film to Digital Toronto Festival also known as TIFF. The festival is often confused with the Toronto festival because they share the same acronym. But if you just refer to Europe then there is no mistake in the middle.
The festival has reached his 10th anniversary, the first edition of the TIFF was held in the year 2002 in the city of Cluj-Napoca. As the festival grew more popular it traveled trough several cities of Romania, but the main host of the festival remains the city of Cluj-Napoca. This year the participant movies will also play in Sibiu and the Bucharest (the capital of Romania).
In the 9 years history of the festival a lot of big names from the movie industry have participated as quests, jury or in the contest, among them we can name: Franco Nero, Julie Delpy, Wim Wenders, Michael Radford, Annie Girardot, Udo Kier, Vanessa Redgrave, Nicolas Roeg, Catherine Deneuve and Claudia Cardinale.
The 2007 edition of the TIFF, was the first to be presented simultaneously in the cities of Cluj-Napoca and Sibiu. In that year Sibiu was the declared the Cultural Capital of Europe.
The last year’s edition of the festival presented a record of 240 films and over 55.000 participants culminating with movie projections in the central square of Cluj-Napoca.
This year’s edition is scheduled between 3-12 June in Cluj-Napoca and promises a spectacular fight for the Transylvania trophy, the most desired award of the competition. There will be 12 movies battling for this prize, movies from various countries such as: Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Argentina, Belgium, Uruguay, Israel, Russian and India. After Cluj-Napoca, the festival will move to Sibiu between 15-19 June, playing the same movies, but now with the winners already known, helping in a way the movie lovers to choose what they want to see.
The Transylvania International Film Festival has a total of 20 awards on the table for the 2011 edition, from which we can mention: Transylvania Trophy, Best Actor, Special Award of the Jury, Let’s Go Digital, Romanian Days. It will be a hard task for the jury to pick the winners as the quality of the movies is higher and higher each year.
Because of the increasing popularity of the festival more and more domestic movies are making their debut at the TIFF to benefit from the publicity and notoriety that has raised over the years.