FESTIVALS: Transilvania IFF 2024 Announces International Competitions and Romanian Days Lineups

    Where Elephants Go by Gabi Șarga & Cătălin Rotaru (Romania, 2024) Where Elephants Go by Gabi Șarga & Cătălin Rotaru (Romania, 2024) credit: TIFF

    CLUJ-NAPOCA: Twelve first and sophomore features, including Where Elephants Go by Romanian directors Cătălin Rotaru and Gabi Virginia Șarga, have been selected for the Official Competition of the 23rd Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania 14 – 24 June 2024.

    Ten titles were selected for the What’s Up Doc? Competition, while the Romanian Days lineup includes 12 feature films and 10 short films competing for three awards: Best Feature Film, Best Debut and Best Short Film. Additionally, seven feature and long documentary films, as well as 10 short films, will screen out of competition in Romanian Days.

    “The films of the Official Competition are, for the most part, about atypical, nonconformist characters, about their reactions to social pressures and the need for connection, affirmation, or independence: intimate dramas, absurd comedies, unconventional melodramas, or family chronicles of different calibers, with a slight predilection for stories with and about young people at crossroads,” Mihai Chirilov, the artistic director of TIFF, said in a statement.

    The festival is organised by the Association for the Promotion of Romanian Film and the Transilvania Film Festival Association with support from the Ministry of Culture, the Romanian Film Centre (CNC), the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and Local Council, the Romanian Cultural Institute, Dacin Sara, Romanian Filmmakers’ Union (UCIN), the Department of Interethnic Relations – DRI, Florești Commune City Hall and Creative Europe – MEDIA.

    Official Competition:

    Toll (Brazil)
    Directed by Carolina Markowicz

    The Adamant Girl (India)
    Directed by PS Vinothraj

    Girls Will Be Girls (India)
    Directed by Shuchi Talati

    The Old Bachelor (Iran)
    Directed by Oktay Baraheni

    Summer Brother (the Netherlands)
    Directed by Joren Molter

    The Other Son (Colombia)
    Directed by Juan Sebastián Quebrada

    Permanent Picture (Spain)
    Directed by Laura Ferrés

    The Dreamer (France)
    Directed by Anaïs Tellenne

    Daniel Auerbach (Israel)
    Directed by David Volach

    Day Tripper (China)
    Directed by Yanqi Chen

    The Hypnosis (Sweden)
    Directed by Ernst de Geer

    Where Elephants Go (Romania)
    Directed by Cătălin Rotaru and Gabi Virginia Șarga
    Produced by Green Cat Film
    Coproduced by Atelier de FilmAvanpost Media
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre (CNC

    Romanian Days Competition Section:

    Feature Films and Long Documentaries:

    Family Weekend / Weekend în familie (Romania), world premiere
    Directed by Mihnea Toma

    Night Butterflies / Fluturi de noapte (Romania), world premiere
    Directed by Andrei Răuțu

    Alice On & Off (Romania), documentary
    Directed by Isabela Tent

    Rusalka (Romania), world premiere
    Directed by Claudiu Mitcu
    Produced by Wearebasca
    Coproduced by Chainsaw Europe
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre (CNC)

    Horia (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia)
    Directed by Ana-Maria Comănescu
    Produced by microFILM
    Coproduced by Klas FilmBiberche Productions
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre, the Bulgarian National Film CenterFilm Center Serbia 

    A Cautionary Tale / Cum să fiu mort dacă-s viu? (Romania, UK), documentary
    Directed by Ilinca Călugăreanu

    Maia - Portrait with Hands / Maia, portret cu mâini (Romania), documentary
    Directed by Alexandra Gulea

    Where Elephants Go / Unde se duc elefanții (Romania)
    Directed by Cătălin Rotaru, Gabi Șarga

    Three Kilometers to the End of the World / Trei kilometri până la capătul lumii (Romania)
    Directed by Emanuel Pârvu
    Produced by FAMart Association
    Coproduced by FAMart Films
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre (CNC), Publicis Groupe Media Bucharest, MMS Communications Romania, House of Media

    Ext. Car. Night / Ext. Mașină. Noapte (Romania), world premiere
    Directed by Andrei Crețulescu

    Holy Week (Romania, Switzerland)
    Directed by Andrei Cohn
    Produced by Mandragora
    Coproduced by Bord Cadre Films

    Dismissed / Clasat (Romania), world premiere
    Directed by George ve Gänæaard, Horia Cucută

    Short Films:

    99,999% (Romania)
    Directed by Roberta Șerban

    Cat Funeral / Pisica moartă (Romania)
    Directed by Ana-Maria Comănescu

    Eugen, Antonia's Friend / Eugen, prietenul Antoniei (Romania)
    Directed by Vlăduț Iosef

    FuckYouLoveYou (Romania)
    Directed by Elias Ferkin Musuret

    Happy (Romania)
    Directed by Mara Cohn

    Holding It Up with the Sztroes / Ținând-o sus cu Stroe (Romania)
    Directed by Stroe Hana

    Last Year at the North Railway Station / Anul trecut la Gara de Nord (Romania)
    Directed by Marin Cumatrenco

    Networking (Romania)
    Directed by Marian Fărcuț

    The Cherry on Top the Boeuf Salad / Cireașa de la salata boeuf (Romania)
    Directed by Matei Preda

    Truth or Dare / Flori, fete și băieți (Romania)
    Directed by Simona Borcea

    Click HERE to see the films selected in the What’s Up, Doc? Competition and HERE for the full selection of the Romanian Days section.