The Bucharest International Film Festival’s 9th edition took place from April 14 to April 21 2013.

The Opening Movie was Jagten/The Hunt, Thomas Vintenberg’s most recent  feature film.

At The Opening Gala, which was held in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania, Victor Rebenciug and Mircea Diaconu received the Festival’s Excellence Awards.


One of the most important moments of the Panorama category was Cesare deve morire, the feature film directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. The movie was presented at the end of the festival, after the Award Giving Gala.

During the Closing Gala, the director Elisabeta Bostan received the Exellence Awards for her entire career.

Searching For Sugar Man, winner of The Publics Award and The Special Jury Prize at Sundance, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, which received numerous awards, like BAFTA and The Oscar Awards for Best feature documentary, Superstar, Xavier Giannoli’s most recent feature film and On The Road, directed by Jack Kerouac, named by the National Board of Review “the best independent movie of the year” were also presented in this category.

The special guest of the 9th edition was Amos Gitai, the Israelian filmmaker with an impressive filmography (“Alila”, “Eden”, “Kedma”, “Promise Land” sau “Lullaby to My Father”).

Amos Gitai presented the film Free Zone, attended the Q&A sessions and answered press questions.

The Bucharest IFF 2013 jury was represented by Grazia Volpi, the producer of Cesare deve morire, Horia Laptes, director of cinematography, Dragan Marinkovic, The Director of Belgrad International Film Festival, André Ceuterick, The Director of Mons Love Film Festival and Dan Fainaru, the famous film critic and the Jury’s president.

For the 3rd year in a row, the festival has had a Critics Jury, represented by Anca Gradinariu, Florin Barbu and Laurentiu Damian.


7 movies were part of B-EST 2013 competition: Blancanieves/Snow White directed by Pablo Berger (Spain 2012), Compliance directed by CraigZobel (USA 2012), Epilogue directed by Amir Manor (Israel 2012), The Color of the Chameleon directed by Emil Christov (Bulgary2012). All the films were presented for the first time in Romania, Full HD or 35 mm, and two of them were entrance feature films.

The Bucharest International Film Festival’s 9th edition awards

Blancanieves, directed by Pablo Berger, won the Bucharest IFF award for “Best Movie”. The Jury accounted for their decision saying that the award was well deserved for “the successful combination between an imaginative homage to silent films and a poetical update of a famous children’s fairy tale”.

The Award for “Best Director” was received by Amir Manor for Epilogue, “a heart-breaking image of the twilight of a life full of disappointments and disillusions”.

Sightseers, directed by Ben Wheatley, won the award for “Best Script”, for “the sardonic and original way in which it shows a certain image of the British mentality”.

Iulia Rugina’s feature film entry Love building won the Public’s Prize and a special award from the jury, for “the energy and the enthusiasm of the young team who had worked on the film”.

The Critics Award went to Wrong, directed by Quentin Dupieux, “authentic cinema, despite the fact that its author is not a formative filmmaker, but a DJ with a vision”.

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