The festival was created at the initiative of the ANONIMUL Foundation. The founder of the foundation, Sorin Marin, is the initiator of the Anonimul International Independent Film Festival and has also been involved since 2001 in cultural and social projects, Far from the “red carpet” syndrome. ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival is one of the most important cultural events happening in Romania.

The choice of location played an essential role, and the fact that the event takes place in Sfantu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta, in a location isolated from the everyday environment is, among other things, what differentiates ANONIMUL from other Film Festivals.

The novelty and attraction of the ANONIMUL Festival was the setting up of an open-air cinema, from scratch, to the image and sound standards of a cinema hall, right in the place where the public stays (in the tent), spends the day in personal activities (meets friends at the food & beverage area) to stay connected with thousands of other people all night long in front of a cinema screen, watching movies and engaging directly through question and answer sessions , with the filmmakers and professionals involved in making them (directors, actors, producers, etc.).

Every year at the Festival, Sfântu Gheorghe is visited by famous cinema guests from all over the world. Among the guests of the Festival were personalities such as:

Park Chan-Wook

Park Chan-wook gained recognition through his successes at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 with the prestigious Grand Prix for Old Boy and the Jury Prize for Thirst in 2009. With his latest work, Decision to Leave Park Chan-wook returned to official competition at Cannes in 2021

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2015 with the film Winter Sleep

Krzysztof Zanussi

Winner of numerous awards in Berlin, Cannes and Venice

Sergei Loznitsa

Sergei Loznitsa, Ukrainian documentary director, has been awarded over time at Festivals such as Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Seville and Tallinn Black Nights and nominated for the European Film Academy awards. In 2019 in Sfântu Gheorghe (Danube Delta) he received the Anonymous Trophy for his contribution to the beauty of universal cinema.

Peter Greenaway

BAFTA Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema in 2014

Michel Franco

Winner of the Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2015 with Chronic and the “Un Certain Regard Cannes 2012” section for After Lucia

Ken Loach

  Câștigător al Palme d’Or pentru The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Isvan Szabo

Winner of the BAFTA Award for the film Colonel Redl, to which the ANONIMUL Festival dedicated a retrospective.

Emir Baigazin

Emir Baigazin, winner of the Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution at the Berlinale 2013 and winner of the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2018, Orizzonti section, for the film The River, received the Anonymous Trophy in 2018.

The ANONIMUL program includes two short film competitions, Romanian and international, as well as feature film screenings, followed by meetings and dialogues between filmmakers and the public.

Every year, the event in Delta is followed by the ANONIMUL Retrospective, which takes place in Bucharest, where the projected films enjoy the presence of another large audience.