During these eleven years, Transilvania IFF has become a well-known brand in Romania, not only due to the outstanding films screened every year, but also for the effective organization, sparkling atmosphere and density of events, from seminars, workshops and panels to fabulous concerts and crazy all night long parties.
Transilvania IFF’s 2007 edition, was the first to be presented simultaneously in Cluj and Sibiu, that year’s European Capital of Culture.
The last editions of Transilvania IFF have not only been spectacular, but also showcased an extremely generous and diverse offer of films and sensational events. The 2012 edition has broken all the records, with 240 films from 46 countries, screened in the 13 festival locations, attracting over 67.000 spectators during the ten days of the festival.
Over these 11 editions, Transilvania IFF was honored to host important personalities of European and worldwide cinema offering Lifetime Achievement Awards to Julie Delpy, Michael Radford, Annie Girardot, Udo Kier, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, Nicolas Roeg, Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Cardinale and Wim Wenders, Jacqueline Bisset, Geraldine Chaplin.
Transilvania IFF has become the place for national releases of the most important domestic productions. This is the place where Romanian audiences first got to see the films that marked the boom of Romanian film production over the past years: Occident (dir. Cristian Mungiu), The Death of Mister Lăzărescu (dir. Cristi Puiu), 12:08 East of Bucharest (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu), The Way I Spent the End of The World (dir. Cătălin Mitulescu), The Paper Will Be Blue (dir. Radu Muntean), Love Sick (dir. Tudor Giurgiu), California Dreamin’ (endless) (dir. Cristian Nemescu), Cristian Mungiu’s feature 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, winner of the 2007 Palme d’Or, Tales from the Golden Age (dir. Cristian Mungiu, Ioana Uricaru, Constantin Popescu Jr, Răzvan Mărculescu and Hanno Hofer), Police, adjective (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu), The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu (dir. Andrei Ujică), Tuesday, after Christmas (dir. Radu Muntean), films presented at the 2010 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Principles of life (d. Constantin Popescu), Loverboy (d. Catalin Mitulescu), Morgen (d. Marian Crisan), Outbound (d. Bogdan George Apetri).
In the following years, Transilvania IFF’s main goal remains the promotion of cinematic art by presenting the most important films of the moment that feature both originality and independence of expression. This is a festival where imagination and youthful vision were always encouraged, and which the organizers have shaped up into a high-spirited cultural landmark.