Years running: 17 (since 2002)

Transilvania International Film Festival

The largest Romanian Film Festival.


Transilvania International Film Festival is presented Romanian Film Promotion. It is the first international feature film festival in Romania and one of the most important film festivals in Eastern Europe. It has a competition for 1st and 2nd time directors. The last editions of TIFF have not only been spectacular, but also showcased an extremely generous and diverse offer of films and sensational events. The 2010 edition has broken all the records, with 240 films from 47 countries, screened in the 13 festival locations, attracting over 55.000 spectators during the ten days of the festival.


  • «Transilvania» Trophy – awarded to the best film in the official competition, worth 15.000 Euros (equally divided between the director and the main producer);
  • Best Director – worth 5000 Euros (goes to the director of the film);
  • Special Jury Award – worth 1500 Euros (goes to the director of the film);
  • Best Cinematography;
  • Best Actor or Actress – worth 1000 Euros (goes to the awarded actor or actress).

Other awards:

  • FIPRESCI Award – offered by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) to a feature film from a thematic section chosen annually by the artistic director of the festival;
  • Audience Award – chosen by the audience, through vote;
  • Excellence Award – offered to a Romanian film personality;
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – offered to an international film personality;
  • Best "Shadows" Short – the prize money goes to the director of the film;
  • Romanian Days Award: Feature Film – the prize money are equally divided between the director and the main producer;
  • Romanian Days Award: Short Film – the prize money goes to the director of the film;
  • Romanian Days Award: Best Debut– the prize money goes to the winner.


In order to be eligible the films submitted for the competitive sections must fulfill the following requirements:

  • They must be produced (the date of the first screening) in the last 2 years prior to the end period for the submissions.
  • The competition is open to first and second feature films only and must be national premieres.
  • The films must be screened in the original version with Romanian and English subtitles 
  • There are no length or genre limitations – the only exception applies to the short films in the Shadows competition and for documentaries.
  • The festival will not pay screening fees for films submitted for any of the competitive sections — Official Competition, Romanian Days, FIPRESCI competition, Shadows Shorts.

Fill out the online entry form and insert in the form the link or send it via DVD by mail.

Screening Media Type: 35 mm, DCP or HD file

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Festival Director — Tudor Giugiu
Artistic Director — Mr. Mihai Chirilov




Official website



Transilvania International Film Festival
52 Popa Soare Street, 1st floor, ap. 4, 2nd district, Bucharest, Romania.

Phone/Fax: 0040 21 326 02 68
0040 21 326 64 80


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    February 01, 2018
  • Notifications
    April 25, 2018
  • Event dates
    25 May — 3 June 2018
Categories & Fees

Competitive section focused on films which are illustrative of the new wave in international cinema. The competition is open to first and second feature films only. There are no length or genre limitations.

  • Deadline — free

Showcase of genre (horror and fantasy) feature films and competitive section focused on horror and fantasy short films with a maximum duration of 25 minutes.

  • Deadline — free

Non-competitive section presenting documentaries produced in the past two years, with a minimum duration of 60 minutes.

  • Deadline — free
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