ANONIMUL 15 AWARDS

The ANONIMUL 15 Closing Gala took place Saturday, August 11th. The audience awarded the following:
For the Short Film Competition:
The Audience Award for Best International Short went to the film RETOUCH, directed by Kaveh Mazaheri (Iran).
The Audience Award for Best Romanian Short to film TOTUL E FOARTE DEPARTE/ EVERYTHING IS FAR AWAY, directed by Emanuel Pârvu.
The Ovidiu Bose Paștină Award, offered by the Anonimul Foundation, went to the film MADRE/ MOTHER, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain).
For the Feature Film Competition, the 2018 ANONIMUL Trophy went to UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson (Iceland- Denmark). The Trophy was awarded in director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s presence.

The ANONIMUL Retrospective will run Friday, August 31st to Sunday, September 2nd in Bucharest. The audience will enjoy a selection of films from the Feature Film Competition, the Short Film Competition, and also a selection of titles presented Out of Competition.

ANONIMUL 15 ran 6th to 12th August in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta.

SILVA presents the 15th edition of ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival, event organized by the Anonimul Foundation and the FAMart Association.
A cultural project co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the Romanian Film Centre and the Romanian Filmmakers Union.

Main sponsors: E.ON, LIDL
Sponsors: Bristot Romania, HBO Romania, TNT Romania

Main partners: Green Village, Green Dolphin Camping, Nova Travel, IT Smart Distribution, TV Channel TNT Romania
Partners: Panasonic, TAROM, Novotel Bucarest City Centre, Ibis Gara de Nord, “Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23” Association, Asociația de Management al Destinației Turistice Delta Dunării, Fundația9, Film Festival, iCover, Evergreen Concept, Zeedo, Pepsi, Bucovina, Domeniile Urlați, Jagermeister, Martini, Mouton Cadet, True

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KAZAKH DIRECTOR EMIR BAIGAZIN AWARDED WITH THE ANONIMUL TROPHY FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE BEAUTY OF WORLD CINEMA

Director Emir Baigazin was awarded with the ANONIMUL Trophy for his contribution to the beauty of world cinema Friday, August 10th, within the 15th edition of ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival.

“I share this award with my team. No director works alone- there is always a team, a technical team and an artistic team. Last but not least, I am honored to be among those awarded with this Trophy along the years”, Emir Baigazin said upon accepting the Trophy offered by Festival Director Miruna Berescu.

Director Emir Baigazin further presented his films to the audience in the Camping- both THE WOUNDED ANGEL, which premiered in Berlin International Film Festival- Panorama, in 2016, and HARMONY LESSONS, awarded with the Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution- Aziz Zhambakiyev for the camera at Berlin International Film Festival in 2013. Harmony Lessons was included that very same year in the Feature Film Competition at ANONIMUL 10 by Festival Selector Ludmila Cvikova.

HARMONY LESSONS and THE WOUNDED ANGEL are the first two parts of a trilogy following adolescents and their complex relationships with the world- the last title in the trilogy, THE RIVER having its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival, in the Orizzonti Competition, just a few weeks after director Emir Baigazin’s presence at ANONIMUL 15.

Director Emir Baigazin further delivered a masterclass Saturday, August 11th in the cinema in the Green Village. The filmmaker spoke of the challenges of working as a director, a producer and an editor, and also about his attention to music and to the visual aesthetic of his films. “I think that the emotions, the feelings transmitted are more important than awards, or festivals attended. A director shouldn’t be, first of all, afraid of making mistakes”, Emir Baigazin noted.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO STARGAZE?, directed and produced by Emir Baigazin will have its world premiere at ANONIMUL Saturday, August 11th. The director will present the film to the audience together with production designer and costume designer Aidana Kozhageldina.
The screening will be followed by the ANONIMUL 15 Closing Gala, announcing the winners of the edition as voted by the audience in Sfântu Gheorghe.

ANONIMUL 15 runs 6th to 12th August in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta.

SILVA presents the 15th edition of ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival, event organized by the Anonimul Foundation and the FAMart Association.
A cultural project co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the Romanian Film Centre and the Romanian Filmmakers Union.

Main sponsors: E.ON, LIDL
Sponsors: Bristot Romania, HBO Romania, TNT Romania

Main partners: Green Village, Green Dolphin Camping, Nova Travel, IT Smart Distribution, TV Channel TNT Romania
Partners: Panasonic, TAROM, Novotel Bucarest City Centre, Ibis Gara de Nord, “Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23” Association, Asociația de Management al Destinației Turistice Delta Dunării, Fundația9, Film Festival, iCover, Evergreen Concept, Zeedo, Pepsi, Bucovina, Domeniile Urlați, Jagermeister, Martini, Mouton Cadet, True

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EMIR BAIGAZIN, WINNER OF THE SILVER BEAR FOR AN OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION AT BERLINALE 2013 AND RECENTLY ANNOUNCED IN THE ORIZZONTI COMPETITION AT VENICE 2018, IS THE HONORARY GUEST OF THE 15th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF ANONIMUL IIFF

Emir Baigazin’s most recent film, THE RIVER, will have its world premiere at Venice International Film Festival in the Orizzonti Competition, just a few weeks after the director’s presence at ANONIMUL 15. The film was announced in the Orizzonti Competition July 25th, within the press conference held by the President of Biennale di Venezia, Paolo Baratta and the Director of the Cinema Department, Alberto Barbera.
Emir Baigazin made his debut with HARMONY LESSONS, which premiered in the Official Competition at Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, where it was awarded The Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution- Aziz Zhambakiyev for the camera. The Silver Bear was awarded by a Jury presided by director Wong Kar-wai the very same year when Călin Peter Netzer’s Poziția copilului won The Golden Bear. HARMONY LESSONS was also included that same year in the ANONIMUL 10 Competition by Festival Selector Ludmila Cvikova and it ranked second in the preferences of the audience voting in Sfântu Gheorghe.
Emir Baigazin then returned at Berlin International Film Festival in 2016 in the Panorama Section with his second film, THE WOUNDED ANGEL, which he wrote, directed and edited.
HARMONY LESSONS, THE WOUNDED ANGEL and THE RIVER were announced since the very beginning as parts of a trilogy following teenagers and their complex relationship with the world. Emir Baigazin considers that adolescence “is the most critical period for a person, when something can snap in the mind and a person gets lost forever. I am interested in whether I can find the stretched string within the teenager that is destined to snap.”

While developing THE RIVER, Emir Baigazin also worked as a director and producer for WOULD YOU LIKE TO STARGAZE?, which will have its world premiere at ANONIMUL 15 Saturday, August 11th.
Aidana Kozhageldina, production designer and costume designer of Would You Like to Stargaze? will join director Emir Baigazin at the Festival.
Emir Baigazin will also be awarded with the ANONIMUL Trophy for his contribution to the beauty of world cinema. WOULD YOU LIKE TO STARGAZE?, THE WOUNDED ANGEL and HARMONY LESSONS are the 3 titles presented to the audience, and the screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions. Emir Baigazin will also deliver a masterclass at the Festival Saturday, August 11th.

“We are dedicating this edition of the Festival to an extraordinary filmmaker whom we discovered ever since his debut 5 years ago, following his work over the years, to now be able to award him with the ANONIMUL Trophy for his contribution to the beauty of world cinema. Emir Baigazin is a young filmmaker who has told us so much with his films, who has offered us and the audience so much, and who will certainly keep drawing us in his very special, inspiring and provocative universe”, concludes Festival Director, Miruna Berescu.

ANONIMUL 15 will run 6th to 12th August in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta.

SILVA presents the 15th edition of ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival, event organized by the Anonimul Foundation and the FAMart Association.
A cultural project co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the Romanian Film Centre and the Romanian Filmmakers Union.

Main sponsors: E.ON, LIDL
Sponsors: Bristot Romania, HBO Romania, TNT Romania

Main partners: Green Village, Green Dolphin Camping, Nova Travel, IT Smart Distribution, TV Channel TNT Romania
Partners: Panasonic, TAROM, Novotel Bucarest City Centre, Ibis Gara de Nord, “Ivan Patzaichin – Mila 23” Association, Asociația de Management al Destinației Turistice Delta Dunării, Fundația9, Film Festival, iCover, Evergreen Concept, Zeedo, Pepsi, Bucovina, Domeniile Urlați, Jagermeister, Martini, Mouton Cadet, True

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“I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS”, DIRECTED BY
RADU JUDE, IN A PREVIEW SCREENING IN ROMANIA AT ANONIMUL 15

ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival presents an extended program of Romanian films, either in previews screenings in Romania or films already released in cinemas across the country.
ANONIMUL 15 will run 6th to 12th August in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta.

“I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS”, directed by Radu Jude, will be presented in a preview screening in Romania at ANONIMUL 15. With Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan, Ilinca Manolache, Şerban Pavlu and Claudia Iremia, the film tells the story of a young artist planning to reconstruct a historical event for a public performance. The film premiered in the Official Competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and won The Grand Prize-The Crystal Globe, being the first Romanian film to win this award in the history of the 53 editions of the festival. The film will be released in cinemas September 28th 2018.
Radu Jude won the ANONIMUL Trophy in 2012 for EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY.

THE STORY OF A SUMMER LOVER will also be presented in a special screening at the Festival, in director Paul Negoescu’s presence, and in the presence of part of the crew. With Alexandru Papadopol, Nicoleta Lefter and Radu Romaniuc, the film tells Petru’s story, a math teacher who is in an open relationship with Irina, who finds out that she is pregnant. The film will be released in cinemas September 21st 2018.

THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS, actor Vlad Zamfirescu’s debut film is the Romanian entry in the ANONIMUL 15 Feature Film Competition, alongside five other films put forward by selector Ludmila Cvikova. The film, which stars only three characters, tells the story of two friends- interpreted by Vlad Zamfirescu and Theo Marton- who discover that the happiness of one of them is possible only at the expense of the other one’s misery. The film will be released in cinemas October 19th 2018.

MEDA OR THE NOT SO BRIGHT SIDE OF THINGS, directed by Emanuel Pârvu. The film premiered in the Official Competition of Sarajevo Film Festival in August 2017, where it won the Best Director Award and Best Actor Award- Șerban Pavlu. The film was then included in the Official Competition at Geneva Film Festival, and Beijing Film Festival and was also presented in the Official Selection of Cottbus International Film Festival, within Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema in New York, as well as in the Balkan Competition at Sofia Film Festival.
The film will be screened in the presence of director Emanuel Pârvu, producer Miruna Berescu, co-producer Dan Chișu, actor Șerban Pavlu and DOP Silviu Stavilă.
Dan Chișu will further present a short excerpt from his most recent film- JANDARMUL at ANONIMUL.

The Festival will also present:
ONE STEP BEHIND THE SERAPHIM (Romania, 2017), directed by Daniel Sandu- in Vlad Ivanov’s presence, who won the Romanian Gopo Award this year for Best Lead Actor;
POROROCA (Romania, 2017), directed by Constantin Popescu- the film premiered in Competition at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2017, and was awarded Best Actor- Bogdan Dumitrache;
SOLDIERS. STORY FROM FERENTARI (Romania, 2017), directed by Ivana Mladenovic;
THE FREE DACIANS (documentary, Romania, 2018)- screened at the Festival in co-director Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan’s presence;
THE CHRISTMAS GIFT (short film, Romania, 2018), with Ioana Flora and Adrian Văncică- screened in director Bogdan Mureșanu’s presence.

SILVA presents the 15th edition of ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival, an event organized by the Anonimul Foundation and the FAMart Association.

A cultural project co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the Romanian Film Centre and the Romanian Filmmakers Union.

ANONIMUL 15 LINEUP

ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival, running 6th to 12th August 2018 in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta, announces the titles in Competition:

The six titles put forward by film curator Ludmila Cvikova for the ANONIMUL 15 Feature Film Competition are:

DISAPPEARANCE, directed by Ali Asgari, Iran-Qatar, 2017. The film premiered in the Orizzonti Competition at Venice International Film Festival in 2017. Director Ali Asgari won The Ovidiu Bose Paștină Award at ANONIMUL 2017 for short film THE SILENCE, co-directed with Farnoosh Samadi.

3/ 4 (THREE QUARTERS), directed by Ilian Metev, Germany- Bulgaria, 2017- awarded the Golden Leopard of the Filmmakers of the Present Competition at Locarno Film Festival, 2017;

DJON AFRICA, directed by Filipa Reis and João Miller Guerra, Portugal, 2018. The film premiered in the Hivos Tiger Competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2018.

NERVOUS TRANSLATION, directed by Shireen Seno, Philippines, 2018- winner of the NETPAC Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2018.

UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Iceland- Denmark- Poland- Germany, 2017. The film premiered in the Orizzonti Competition at Venice International Film Festival, 2017.

THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS, actor Vlad Zamfirescu’s debut film is the Romanian entry in the Feature Film Competition. Initially a play based on a text by Alexandru Popa, the film follows two friends who discover that the happiness of one of them is possible only at the expense of the other one’s misery, because the resources of happiness are limited. With Theo Marton, Irina Velcescu and Vlad Zamfirescu, THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS premiered at TIFF in 2018.
Vlad Zamfirescu is known for his roles in STARE DE FAPT, ITALIENCELE, RESTUL E TACERE or in the HBO series IN DERIVA and RAMAI CU MINE.

The 6 titles are vying for the ANONIMUL Trophy, awarded by the audience voting in Sfântu Gheorghe.

More than 400 short films from 46 countries were submitted for the ANONIMUL 15 International and Romanian Short Film Competition. The films are selected by film critic Ionuț Mareș.

“Diversity, geographical and cultural here included, is important, especially as cinema offers access to other worlds than those we are accustomed to. But that does not mean that we have, in any way, made a rebate of quality in favor of diversity. Quite the opposite: the unexpected and mixed origins of the films came naturally, but only after the most important criteria, which must always be the quality of the cinematic discourse (originality + boldness). I hope that you will be surprised by each and every one of the 14 international titles. The Romanian Short Film Competition includes 12 films. It is a selection of films from well-known directors (of short or even feature films) and young and very young cineastes who are just now starting out. A new tendency, also reflected in this selection, seems to be the wish of some actors to dive themselves (also) in directing. And they do so in a very promising manner.” says Ionuț Mareș.

International Short Film Competition:
THE KNIFE SALESMAN, directed by Jamie Helmer & Michael Leonard, Australia;
DENISE, directed by Rossella Inglese, Italy;
I’M COLD MEAT, directed by Romain Laguna, France;
DRIVING LESSON, directed by Jarno Lindemark, Finland;
RIDGELAND, directed by Taylor MacDonald, USA;
JODILERKS DELA CRUZ, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad, Philippines- Singapore;
RETOUCH, directed by Kaveh Mazaheri, Iran;
MIRAGE, directed by Emiliano Granada Ortega, Spain;
A COLD SUMMER, directed by Ji Qiaowei, China- France;
LETTERS, directed by Alexander Savarsky, Russia;
MOTHER, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Spain;
LIKE A GOOD KID, directed by Arian Vazirdaftari, Iran;
NO MILEAGE, directed by Jack Wake-Walker, Colombia;
ACCELERATE, directed by Dian Weys, South Africa.

Romanian Short Film Competition:
PESCĂRUȘUL/ THE SEAGULL, directed by Alex Baciu & Maria Popistașu;
LAME DUCK, directed by Cristian Bota;
MICHELANGELO, directed by Anghel Damian;
APRILIE, VIS/ TWO NIGHTS IN APRIL, directed by Andrei Inizian;
LINIȘTE/ SILENCE, directed by Alex Iureș;
PRIMA LOVITURĂ/ FIRST STRIKE, directed by Peter Kerek;
8, directed by Mihai Pârcălabu;
TOTUL E FOARTE DEPARTE/ EVERYTHING IS FAR AWAY, directed by Emanuel Pârvu;
DATE NIGHT, directed by Stela Pelin;
STRĂINUL/ THE STRANGER, directed by Alexandru Ranta;
EMIGRANȚII/ EMIGRANTS, directed by Andra Salaoru;
MISTERUL UNUI CAZ SIMPLU/ THE MYSTERY OF A SIMPLE CASE, directed by Vera Surățel.

The 14 international short films and the 12 Romanian films are vying for Best International Short Film, respectively for Best Romanian Short Film, awarded by the audience.

The 15th edition of ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival is organized by the Anonimul Foundation and the FAMart Association.

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FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

DISAPPEARANCE, directed by Ali Asgari, Iran- Qatar, 2017
Horizons Competition, Venice International Film Festival, 2017

3/ 4 (THREE QUARTERS), directed by Ilian Metev, Germany- Bulgaria, 2017
Golden Leopard- Filmmakers of the Present Competition, Locarno Film Festival, 2017

DJON AFRICA, directed by Filipa Reis & João Miller Guerra, Portugal, 2018
Hivos Tiger Competition, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2018

NERVOUS TRANSLATION, directed by Shireen Seno, Philippines, 2018
NETPAC Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2018

UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Iceland- Denmark- Poland-Germany, 2017
Horizons Competition, Venice International Film Festival, 2017

SECRETUL FERICIRII/ THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS, directed by Vlad Zamfirescu, Romania, 2018
Romanian Days, Transilvania International Film Festival, 2018

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

  • THE KNIFE SALESMAN, directed by Jamie Helmer & Michael Leonard, Australia
  • DENISE, directed by Rossella Inglese, Italy
  • J’MANGE FROID | I’M COLD MEAT, directed by Romain Laguna, France
  • AJOTUNTI | DRIVING LESSON, directed by Jarno Lindemark, Finland
  • RIDGELAND, directed by Taylor MacDonald, USA
  • JODILERKS DELA CRUZ, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad, Philippines – Singapore
  • RETOUCH, directed by Kaveh Mazaheri, Iran
  • MIRAGE | LA ARAÑA, directed by Emiliano Granada Ortega, Spain
  • L’ÉTÉ FROID | A COLD SUMMER, directed by Ji Qiaowei, China-France
  • LETTERS, directed by Alexander Savarsky, Russia
  • MADRE | MOTHER, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Spain
  • MESLE BACHE ADAM | LIKE A GOOD KID, directed by Arian Vazirdaftari, Iran
  • NO MILEAGE, directed by Jack Wake-Walker, Colombia
  • VERSNEL | ACCELERATE, directed by Dian Weys, South Africa

ROMANIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITION

  • PESCĂRUȘUL | THE SEAGULL, directed by Alex Baciu, Maria Popistașu
  • LAME DUCK, directed by Cristian Bota
  • MICHELANGELO, directed by Anghel Damian
  • APRILIE, VIS | TWO NIGHTS IN APRIL, directed by Andrei Inizian
  • LINIȘTE | SILENCE, directed by Alex Iureș
  • PRIMA LOVITURĂ | FIRST STRIKE, directed by Peter Kerek
  • 8, directed by Mihai Pârcălabu
  • TOTUL E FOARTE DEPARTE | EVERYTHING IS FAR AWAY, directed by Emanuel Pârvu
  • DATE NIGHT, directed by Stela Pelin
  • STRĂINUL | THE STRANGER, directed by Alexandru Ranta
  • EMIGRANȚII | EMIGRANTS, directed by Andra Salaoru
  • MISTERUL UNUI CAZ SIMPLU | THE MYSTERY OF A SIMPLE CASE, directed by Vera Surățel

2018 Edition

LOCATION

The 16th edition of ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival will take place from 5th to 11th August 2019 in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta.

ANONIMVL TROPHY

The awards for the feature and short competition are voted by the audience.