Sibiu International Theatre Festival11 - 20 June 2021 | 28th edition
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Building hope together in 2021!
Every difficult year implies obstacles but also necessary solutions and skills. The year 2020 was marked in the performing arts field by the first online edition of Sibiu International Theatre Festival – among the few prestigious festivals of its kind in the world that did not interrupted its mission during the pandemic – the year 2021 will be under the sign of hope. Therefore, in 2021 we are “Building hope together” – this is the theme of this year FITS edition – a year with many other challenges, but, we strongly believe, with as many reasons of joy. The next edition of the Sibiu festival will take place between August 20 - 29 2021 and it will have a double dimension: online and live.
THE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL IN ROMANIA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH AN ANNIVERSARY SUMMER EDITION
This year, the French Film Festival (FFF) in Romania celebrates its 25th edition. In 1–11 July, film fans in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Timișoara, as well as Brașov, Brăila, Constanța, Sfântu Gheorghe, Sibiu, and Suceava are invited to their annual meeting with the latest, most remarkable French films, in an anniversary summer edition. The screenings will take place in cinema halls, as well as outdoors, observing all sanitary rules to ensure the safety of the spectators, and for the first time in the festival’s history, online. 5 x 5 = 25. This is the equation we advance to our spectators. 5 sections with 5 films each to mark 25 editions of the longest-standing festival in Romania dedicated to a national cinematography. Faithful to its history and classic sections, this edition of the festival also comes with a lot of new elements. As every year, the Young Talents - Feature Film competition turns the spotlight on the new voices of French cinema, through five remarkable debut titles competing for the Audience Award, which this year consists of EUR 1,000 offered by the French Institute to the director of the winning film, as well as a financial support package offered by TV5 Monde to the Romanian distributor who chooses to broadcast the film in national cinemas. For the first time, the films entering the competition will also be available online, on the Elvire Chez Vous platform, between 5 and 9 July, so as many people as possible can access them. Among the national premieres already confirmed for this section are Slalom by Charlène Favier and Spring Blossom/Seize Printemps by Suzanne Lindon, both included in the Cannes 2020 official selection and selected by 20 other major film festivals in the world, as well as In the Name of the Land/Au nom de la terre, Edouard Bergeon’s debut in feature film, inspired from his family’s story, which attracted over 2 million spectators to French cinema halls in the autumn of 2019. This year, the feature film competition includes a new section, Young Talents - Short Film Competition, presenting five titles that have had a special festival journey. A jury of three film critics – Flavia Dima, Georgiana Mușat and Victor Morozov – will decide the winner of this section whose prize is a creative residency with the Romanian French Institute’s Résidence de Poche programme, which offers an ideal framework for the development of a feature film project. The Films of the Year Panorama, our classic section reuniting the recent successes of French cinema, winners of festival or audience awards, will be dominated by comedies. We can thus feel happy and emotional and laugh, together! Some of the titles screened for the first time in Romania are Bye Morons/Adieu les cons by Albert Dupontel, the grand winner of the 2021 César Awards of the French film industry, which took home seven trophies, including Best Film, distributed by Independența Film, and The Big Hit/Un Triomphe by Emmanuel Courcol, winner of the Comedy of the Year at the 2020 European Film awards, distributed in Romania by Bad Unicorn.
“LIBERTY”, one of the latest TNRS European projects, brings new opportunities to young artists
Auditions between 8 April and 3 May 2021 LIBERTY, among the most topical European projects in which the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre is involved, funded through the Creative Europe Programme, brings a new challenge to young people aged between 14 and 19. If you have a passion for hip-hop, visual arts, acting, dance, or creative writing and wish to learn more about your passions from experts in the field and from the experience of other youngsters of similar ages, you can take part in a series of creative workshops. The young people interested in the project are kindly asked to send a video material, a drawing, or a text with a short presentation and expressing the concept of Liberty through the art form for which they have a passion. Some of the opportunities offered by this project include artistic skills development guided by experts, being included in a database alongside 750 other international artists, or the chance to work alongside other European youngsters. Moreover, after the creative workshops, participants may be selected to be part of a performance coordinated by director Bobi Pricop, to be produced by the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre Sibiu in 8–17 July 2021 and presented during the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, in 20–29 August 2021. Workshop mentors: AFO | hip-hop Alexandru Cînean | visual arts Simona Dabija | acting/dance Ștefan Baghiu and Kali Ágnes | creative writing Amalia Precup, Marketing manager Promenada Sibiu & Shopping City Sibiu | personal branding The creative workshops will take place between 28 June and 7 July and are free of charge. You will be informed of their programme after registering. The deadline to submit materials is 3 May 2021, at firstname.lastname@example.org. LIBERTY In a time of significant change for Europe and the European Union, which is facing a substantial population migration and at the same time the issue of refugees coming to Europe, the cohesion of the community impacted by terrorist threats and the implications of BREXIT (as well as other potential structural changes at EU level),