The “Artis Foundation” is the organiser of the “Romania International Film Festival“. Founded in 2005, it is the only international film festival that, from the very beginning, looked towards the Black Sea region’s film industry (Russia, Moldavian Republic, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Romania). Initially founded for the film productions mentioned above, due to it’s growth in 2009, another competive section was added – Woman in cinema. In the same year we chose the name Ro-IFF, a name that best represents us.
The festival has grown every year and became noticed abroad due to it’s original concept, the quality of the submitted movies as well as the events included in the official program.
Since 2007 each edition received the High Patronage of the President of Romania.
The 2009 edition, held in Arad enjoyed the highest attention from the foreign press. It has also been the edition with the largest number of films and most guests, about 70 films and about 60 special guests attended the festival.
It was a spectacular edition considering also the events that took place. Thus, Emir Kusturica and the „No Smoking” band, held the opening concert of the festival and received the Award of Excellence. The closure was marked by the presence in Arad of the Oscar winning actor Kevin Costner. Together with his band, „Modern West”, Kevin held a concert, the first of the European tour he had in 2009. We were delighted with his beautifull, heart warming music. Emy Dragoi had an interesting program including live music overlaped with images of silent movies. The artist chose for this show, Charlie Chaplin films. The closing gala brought to us on stage Cornelia Tihon.
She performed at traditional Romanian instruments, traditional music from the winning films countries.
Over the course of it’s five editions, the Festival could boast with the presence of many prominent personalities of international cinema and remarkable films shown in theaters.
Thenceforth, Ro-IFF aims at promoting art cinema, promoting productions coming from the Black Sea region and Women's director. We believe that the emergence of ladies in this profession brought a greater sensitivity to the seventh art. Ro-IFF will present some of the most important annual films of the moment. But Ro-IFF is primarily a festival of films for the public. Official selection of films, whether competing or not, will allure you into theaters!
The sixth edition of the festival, the second under the name Ro-IFF will be held from October 1 to October 10 in Bucharest.
“Artis Foundation” was founded in 1998 and has as main objectives the support and promotion of culture, young people active in culture, including the young filmmakers, distribution and promotion of European and the Black Sea region’s cinema values, an area with high cultural diversity and great cultural potential.