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Closing of the 2014 Festival and Workshops – Videos

Brasov, Romania — September 18, 2014 – For immediate release
The International Film Workshops 2014, organized by Daria Trifu and taught by film director Bruno Pischiutta in English language, ended on September 14 with the graduation ceremony of the 13 Romanian and international students who have attended the third edition of the program in Brasov, Romania. At the ceremony the students received their Certificates of Attendance. This was also the last edition of the Workshops, due to the fact that the courses have been filmed and will be distributed worldwide on DVD, which could be produced in several languages and give, in this way, access to the Workshops to many young talents worldwide without coming all the way to Brasov. The Workshops offer the necessary theoretical knowledge to start a film career, at international level, as film actors, film writers, film directors and film producers, and were completely free for the students.

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The 3rd edition of Brasov International Film Festival & Market http://www.brasovfilmfestival.com also ended on September 14 with the Awards Gala Night at the elegant Cubix Design Hotel, one of the top hotels in Transylvania, in front of a full house, cameras and international film stars coming from London and Bangladesh. To see the awarded films, please visit:

After the presentation of the awards the evening continued with the last screening, out of competition, of the Global Film Studio’s successful feature documentary BRASOV: PROBABLY THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD, produced by Brasov Film Center. This documentary which was presented at the ‘Romanian Cinema Week’ festival held in Havana, Cuba, is unanimously recognized as the best documentary done about the city of Brasov. The last night of the Festival was a great success and the room resounded with the thunderous applause from a very enthusiastic audience who attended this exclusive event.
The success scored by the third edition of the Brasov International Film Festival & Market has been already made public in London and Bangladesh. The Festival will continue next year, 2015, with its fourth edition in Brasov.
Following the already three-year tradition, the organizers of the Festival have given Special Awards to the following people, who are exceptional members of the team:

  •  Samuel Rufly Quansah – Producer
  • Tina Kadoich – Producer
  • Ana -Maria Cioflec – Writer
  • Angie Antal – Actress

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For more information about the given Special Awards please watch the video:

Awards Gala Night – Brasov International Film Festival & Market 2014

Brasov, Romania — September 14, 2014 – For immediate release – The 3rd edition of Brasov International Film Festival & Market (www.brasovfilmfestival.com) continued today with a full house, cameras and personalities at the award gala night, the last night of the Fesival. The international film stars, who are members of the production team of the film in competition GLOW OF THE FIREFLY, the Executive Producer Mr Ebne Hasan Khan coming from London, and the film’s Producer and Managing Director of Impress Telefilm Ltd. Mr Faridur Reza and Mrs Kona Reza, Executive Producer at Impress Telefilm Ltd. coming from Bangladesh, were present at the Festival.

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The evening was presented by the Film Director Bruno Pischiutta and Actress Denisa Barvon. The Jury of the Festival, composed by the voting members Elio Dell’Unto – Jury President, Actress Denisa Barvon, Model Cristiana Cioflec, Actress Loredana Faith, Actress Angie Antal, and non-voting members the Film Director Bruno Pischiutta, Director of the Festival Daria Trifu and Writer Ana-Maria Cioflec, has deliberated and awarded the films in competition as following:

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• Best Film – ‘The Great Beauty’ (Italy) produced by Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano;
• Best Director – Khalid Mahmood Mithu for ‘Glow of the Firefly’ (Bangladesh);
• Best Lead Male Actor – Alex Pettyfer for ‘Endless Love’ (USA);
• Best Lead Female Actor – Keira Knightley for ‘Anna Karenina’ (UK);
• Best Screenplay – John Gatins for ‘Flight’ (USA);
• Best Cinematography – Danny Cohen for ‘Les Misérables’ (UK);
• Audience Award – ‘Once Upon a Fish’ (Dominican Republic).

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After the presentation of the awards the evening continued with the last screening, out of competition, of the Global Film Studio’s successful feature documentary BRASOV: PROBABLY THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD, produced by Brasov Film Center. This documentary which was presented at the ‘Romanian Cinema Week’ festival held in Havana, Cuba, is unanimously recognized as the best documentary done about the city of Brasov. The last night of the Festival was a great success and the room resounded with the thunderous applause. At the end, Director of the Festival Daria Trifu declared the third edition of the Festival closed.

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Between September 12 and 14 the Festival took place at the elegant Cubix Design Hotel, one of the top hotels in Transylvania.

Brasov International Film Festival & Market thanks to the following partners: RMN Stars, Nissa, Hotel Bella Muzica, 24-Fun, Wigo.ro, Metropola and Oktoberfest Brasov.

Each year the most important and renowned nonviolent Film Festival in the world is dedicated to a cause. This year the theme of the Festival is Africa, a continent full of problems and promises.

International Film Stars Coming to Brasov

Brasov, Romania — September 13, 2014 – For immediate release – The 3rd edition of Brasov International Film Festival & Market (www.brasovfilmfestival.com) continued today with a full house at the screening of the ninth film in competition, GLOW OF THE FIREFLY, directed by Khalid Mahmood Mithu. The film was spoken in Bengali and specially subtitled in Romanian language for the Brasov people present at the Festival. This makes the film accessible to the entire Romanian public, whether in theaters or on TV, and it soon could be distributed nationally. The international film stars, who are members of the production team, the Executive Producer Mr Ebne Hasan Khan coming from London, and the film’s Producer and Managing Director of Impress Telefilm Ltd. Mr Faridur Reza and Mrs Kona Reza, Executive Producer at Impress Telefilm Ltd. coming from Bangladesh, presented the film with Bruno Pischiutta. The audience appreciated very much the film which received thunderous applause in many rounds.

Photo Day 10aThis is the first time international film stars come to Brasov and it is only the merit of the organizers of the Film Festival – no politician has ever done that before.

The screening was also attended by the Esteemed Plenipotentiary Romanian Ambassador in Cuba Mr Dumitru Preda, who honored the Festival with his presence.

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The evening was presented by Film Director Bruno Pischiutta and Actress Angie Antal. The Director of the Festival Daria Trifu was introduced to the audience along with Denisa Barvon, the ‘Face’ of the last year’s Festival. After the screening they invited the audience to take part in the awards gala tomorrow night and the screening, out of competition, of the Global Film Studio’s successful feature documentary BRASOV: PROBABLY THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD, with Romanian subtitles. This documentary which was presented at the ‘Romanian Cinema Week’ festival held in Havana, Cuba, is unanimously recognized as the best documentary done about the city of Brasov.

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Between September 12 and 14 the Festival takes place at the elegant Cubix Design Hotel, one of the top hotels in Transylvania.

Brasov International Film Festival & Market thanks to the following partners: RMN Stars, Nissa, Hotel Bella Muzica, 24-Fun, Wigo.ro, Metropola and Oktoberfest Brasov.

Each year the most important and renowned nonviolent Film Festival in the world is dedicated to a cause. This year the theme of the Festival is Africa, a continent full of problems and promises.

Brasov International Film Festival & Market – Day Six

Brasov, Romania — September 9, 2014 – For immediate release – The 3rd edition of Brasov International Film Festival & Market (www.brasovfilmfestival.com), the most important and renowned nonviolent Film Festival in the world, continued today with the screening of the fifth film in competition, spoken in English with Romanian subtitles. Tonight the festival screened another European masterpiece, LES MISÉRABLES. If yesterday night the audience was entertained by a highly regarded comedy movie from the Dominican Republic, this time, the outstanding performance of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway brought the people right in the middle of the hard times during the uprising following the Industrial Revolution. Tears were not the only ones to flow freely, for at the end of the screening the hall resounded with applause. The film is directed by Tom Hooper. The audience attended in large numbers to see the movie and to take part in this exclusive event.
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The evening has been broadcast live by TVS-Brasov, a television channel watched by 87% of the families in the County of Brașov, headed by journalist Ovidiu Gradinar. Journalist Denisa Dumitru started the presentation addressing the TV viewers. Angie Antal was interviewed live by TVS and she has introduced to the TV audience the sixth film in competition, FLIGHT, which will be screened tomorrow evening with Romanian subtitles. The film is starring Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez and Don Cheadle. It is directed by Robert Zemeckis.

The Festival this evening was presented by Film Director Bruno Pischiutta and Actress Denisa Barvon. After the screening they introduced the audience to the next film in competition also showing its trailer. Director of the Festival Daria Trifu addressed the audience and she spoke about the evolution of the Festival.

The Festival takes place this year from September 4th to the 14th at the ‘Reduta’ Cultural Center located in the heart of the city of Brasov, Romania.

Brasov International Film Festival & Market thanks to the following partners: TVS-Brasov, RMN Stars, Nissa, Hotel Bella Muzica, 24-Fun, Wigo.ro, Metropola and Oktoberfest Brasov.

Each year the Festival is dedicated to a cause. This year the theme of the Festival is Africa, a continent full of problems and promises.

Brasov International Film Festival & Market – Day Five

Brasov, Romania — September 8, 2014 – For immediate release – The 3rd edition of Brasov International Film Festival & Market (www.brasovfilmfestival.com), the most important and renowned nonviolent Film Festival in the world, continued today with the screening of the fourth film in competition, spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. After screening a masterpiece of European film industry yesterday, like ANNA KARENINA, tonight the audience enjoyed a good comedy directed by Francisco Valdez. The film, financed by the government office of the Dominican Republic where it comes from, is entitled ONCE UPON A FISH, starring Luis Jose German and Hony Estrella who brought laughter among the audience, which is increasing night by night. The diversity of the festival lies in showing different productions, big or small.

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The evening has been broadcast live by TVS-Brasov, a television channel watched by 87% of the families in the County of Brașov, headed by journalist Ovidiu Gradinar. Journalist Madalina Cretu started the presentation addressing the TV viewers. Angie Antal was interviewed live by TVS and she has introduced to the TV audience the fifth film in competition LES MISÉRABLES, which will be screened tomorrow evening with Romanian subtitles. In the film is starring Hugh Jackman with Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. It is directed by Tom Hooper.

The Festival this evening was presented by the Film Director Bruno Pischiutta and Actress Angie Antal. After the screening they introduced the audience to the next film in competition also showing its trailer.

The Festival takes place this year from September 4th to the 14th at the ‘Reduta’ Cultural Center located in the heart of the city of Brasov, Romania.

Brasov International Film Festival & Market thanks to the following partners: TVS-Brasov, RMN Stars, Nissa, Hotel Bella Muzica, 24-Fun, Wigo.ro, Metropola and Oktoberfest Brasov.

Each year the Festival is dedicated to a cause. This year the theme of the Festival is Africa, a continent full of problems and promises.

Daria! Magazine 2014 has been published!

The bilingual (English/Romanian) of Daria! 2014, arts, entertainment and business magazine has been published. To read the magazine (76 pages) click on the cover.

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“Showing Violence and Sex in a Movie Is the Cheapest Way to Create Entertainment”

Brasov International Film Festival & Market takes place for 11 consecutive days each year in Brasov, Romania. In 2014, the Festival will take place from September 4 to 14.

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As our site RMN Stars is the Official Media Partner for the Festival, we invited the Festival founder and director Daria Trifu to discusss an array of aspects about the Festival and the current trends in the global entertainment markets.

Here she expresses her views in an exclusive interview with Rakesh Raman, the managing editor of RMN Stars.

Here’s the interview.

1. Today, when the entire film market is centered around Hollywood, what’s going to be the significance of the Brasov International Film Festival particularly for the participating filmmakers?

Just because everything is concentrated on Hollywood, every window of opportunity for young filmmakers who have an interest in nonviolent themes should be welcome. In Hollywood, of course, there are people who make violent films and, sometimes, films that do not deserve to be made, but there are also amazing filmmakers who make nonviolent masterpieces.

Until now, the previous editions of our Festival have always featured some top Hollywood productions together with movies from young filmmakers from all over the world. I believe that this year it will not be different and, what is important for me, is to offer to our viewers very interesting and beautiful movies, some from Hollywood and some not.

A screening in Brasov, at our Festival, is a free European premiere. The movies screened are exposed to the international media and to international distribution companies.

2. Is it possible for emerging filmmakers who hail from developing markets of the world to challenge the dominance of Hollywood? If yes, how?

The obvious answer is only one: showcasing their talents and their abilities in the films that the Festival will screen, enlarging their network of personally known movie executives who are present at the Festival and contacting buyers and distributors in the Film Market that takes place at the same time with the Festival.

If they have real talent in making the films, they should also create an entourage of people who have real talent in selling and distributing films. The space is great. The internet has multiplied the window of exposure for every film big and small. It is up to the filmmaker and / or to their entourage to understand their right dimension and to make proper financial proposals to the proper distribution circuits.

We have not to forget that Hollywood and the big distribution companies in different countries are always looking for new talent and to increase their roster of actors, directors, writers and producers.

3. What are the main objectives of the Brasov International Film Festival?

To show that it is possible to make financially and artistically very successful films without the element of violence.

Violence is not a necessary element in a successful film. We award nine features every year that are extremely significant from every point of view and that are violence free.

4. When there is already a surfeit of film festivals all over the world, what is the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) of the Brasov International Film Festival?

The nonviolent condition is what distinguishes us from most of the world’s festivals.

You can go to Cannes, Toronto, Venice and to other great festivals and see films that are very commercial, that you will see anyway in your country and city very soon and that show a lot of violence. Showing violence and sex in a movie is the cheapest way to create entertainment.

If a naked woman walks on the street or if an act of violence happens publicly, of course every passer-by will turn and look. But what’s the message and what’s the purpose?

To create a story and a movie, to create entertainment with science, poetry and / or with history is definitely much more difficult but it is also fulfilling for the viewers’ minds.

5. What kind of help will you provide to the participating filmmakers so they could make inroads into the global film markets?

We will invite the filmmakers to present their films to the viewers and to the media.

We will accentuate the attention of the media on the ‘movie of the day’. In other festivals, where many Stars are present, it often happens that no media and nobody speaks of the almost unknown filmmaker who presents their film on a certain day.

This is because, on that day, Madonna (or some other Star) arrives at the festival and, of course, the media covers the big name and forgets about the filmmaker of the day. This will not happen in our Festival because we have a clear agreement with the media and they should devote their attention to the filmmaker of the day on each day of the Festival.

Furthermore, we have elaborated a voting system for the Jury (nine feature films, nine awards) that guarantees that no film will have more than one award and that every film will receive one. This guarantees that to every feature in competition it will be given a very powerful marketing tool for the filmmaker and for the movie itself.

6. How will the Brasov International Film Festival help in developing the film-based entertainment ecosystem particularly in Romania?

Romania, as a country, approves every improvement to its ecosystem.

Our Festival is only part of what Brasov Film Center is doing to create an industry in Transylvania. We form our own talent, we invest in them, promote them worldwide and we make film productions on a constant basis. The singular geographical situation of Brasov and the numerous business and political contacts we have all over the world allow us to transform, during the Festival, for eleven days the city of Brasov in a centre of power.

It is, in a small way, what happens in a big way during the days of the Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. Many selected people, some of whom are scientists, billionaire, political and artistic personalities, etc., can meet between themselves in Brasov during the Festival and start profitable businesses.

Naturally, some of these businesses will regard Romania and they will be in the category of eco-business (biofuel, power plants, etc.). This is one of the ways in which we help the formation of all this.

In second place, we are aware that in one or two years, Brasov that is one of the best places in Europe for a summer and a winter vacation, will have an international airport.

This means that thousands of tourists particularly from the USA, Canada and The People’s Republic of China will be able to reach Brasov easily. Any promotion of the Festival will, of course, also promote the city and the tourism in the city.

It is one of our target, in three years time, to be able to bring to Brasov forty thousand tourists per year coming from Canada, the USA and The People’s Republic of China.

7. How are you going to market the Brasov International Film Festival and what is the role of digital media in your marketing strategy?

Digital media has an enormous importance today in the marketing of every world event. We daily inform our followers (+ one hundred thousand in Twitter, on Facebook, YouTube and on other social networks) of what is happening in our Festival.

We are now partners with FilmFreeway and Click For Festivals, two massive organizations for contacting filmmakers. For example, just recently, FilmFreeway has blasted our Festival to over forty thousand filmmakers worldwide.

We have some very good results until now. We have also produced a documentary of twenty five minutes about last year’s edition of the Festival. The documentary is available for viewing in YouTube and it can be watched by sponsors, filmmakers and the general public.

The name of Brasov International Film Festival & Market has appeared a few times (and it will continue to do so) on the giant Thomson / Reuters TV screen in Times Square, New York City.

Our website is visited daily by people from over one hundred and eighty countries. We cannot compete, budget wise, today with Cannes, Toronto or Venice but we can compete with the artistic value of the movies that we are screening and with the concept of nonviolence.

Every day, a larger and larger share of the world film viewers are showing that they are tired of violent films and they want that film gives them something more than just shootings and blood.

A lot of filmmakers put violence in their movies for financial reasons but they are wrong. The movies that have made more money at the Box Office historically are the family movies, Disney films or movies that speak about kids and pets. In some time, we will also publish Box Office statistics to explain to filmmakers that the element of violence in their films could be very misleading.

8. What is your message for the young filmmakers who are entering this cut-throat field?

Every field where money, power and information are essential elements are cut-throat fields. They could be the business ones from cars to weapons, the political ones of right and left parties, banking and food and so on.

If a young person believes that he or she has the proper ideas to change the world he / she should not be afraid to go in a cut-throat field.

History teaches us something and, when I say history, I can say history of politics, history of business, history of film, etc. There is only one thing sure in the future and it is sure because we know the past: these fields, their politics, their economics, etc. are and will not be steady. They are changing all the time, they are changing every day.

Why are they changing? It is because different people go in these fields every day so, if we want to bring positive change in the film business, the only way is that positive filmmakers, film producers, film distributors and film executives participate and they are not afraid to go in the field.

Film is changing every day and it has not understood completely the lesson and the consequences of the existence of the internet.

Films are more and more watched on TV, on the computers on the phones, etc. Everything is improvable and a lot will change in the next few years. The changes come from people. We constantly need new people in this business and, I will say that we have to look for new people with a positive attitude.

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Daria Trifu (pictured above) is the founder and director of Brasov International Film Festival & Market.