Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) is the first and the largest international feature film festival in Romania.
Founded in 2002, in the town of Cluj-Napoca, Transilvania IFF has grown rapidly to become the most important film-related event in Romania and one of the most spectacular annual events in the region. It is a member of the Alliance of Central and Eastern European Film Festivals (CENTEAST) and it is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme. In 2011, Transilvania IFF was accredited by the FIAPF, which places it among the 40 most important festivals in the world.
Over the years, Transilvania IFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to important figures of European and worldwide cinema, including Sophia Loren, Nastassja Kinski, Jiří Menzel, Debra Winger, Claude Lelouch, Geraldine Chaplin, Wim Wenders, Marin Karmitz, Jacqueline Bisset, Michael York, Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Cardinale, Annie Girardot, Udo Kier, Vanessa Redgrave, Nicolas Roeg and Franco Nero.
Transilvania IFF’s main goal is the promotion of cinematic art by presenting some of the most innovative and spectacular films of the moment that feature both originality and independence of expression, that reflect unusual cinematic language forms or focus on current trends in youth culture.
Last but not least, the top highlights of TIFF (in terms of attendance) are the much publicised open-air screenings in the main city square, Unirii Square, on a large inflatable screen, with up to 2000 viewers per evening. This is where the festival opens and closes officially, and this is where, 80% of the films are European or co-produced with Europe.
Transilvania IFF 2016 by numbers 79 000 tickets sold, 248 selected films from 64 countries, 400 screenings, 1100 attending filmmakers, actors, distributors, sales agents, producers, and festival programmers, 250 attending journalists, and 330 volunteers.