Anonimul IFF

Anonimul IFF

August 8th | 14th

19th Edition

The Festival was initiated by the ANONIMUL Foundation, as it aimed to create a different kind of film festival, one for independent films and young directors. ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival runs annually in August in Sfântu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta – a magical place where the Danube meets the Black Sea, a newly formed land that follows ancient customs. Sfântu Gheorghe is an isolated location: far from one’s common environment, it is accessible only by air or by water, and it plays host to some 5000 people who visit it specifically for ANONIMUL each and every year in August. It is a small village, with trails covered in sand, that keeps very many ancient customs, a magical place of unaltered beauty, a newly formed land for an event dedicated to the young, the free spirited, to encounters, debates and, ultimately, to dialogue. “Film Village” is comprised of the Green Village Resort and the Green Dolphin Camping, and features all the amenities essential to hosting a film festival. Cinephiles can stay in guesthouses, tents or cabins, seeing films in the cinema during the day, and in the open air, on an enormous screen in the camping area throughout the night. The resort has an ECO-friendly design, and is thus perfectly coherent with the environment.

Rules & Terms

The Festival is an annual event, competitive, non-specialized, organized by the Anonimul Foundation.

The Festival has two competitive sections:

Feature Film Competition
Short Film Competition

There is no submission fee.
The audience will award the prizes by vote only.

Non-competitive programs:

International Panorama– feature films awarded in Film Festivals that year, homages, retrospectives.
The Actors behind Camera section.
The Romanian OFF section featuring screenings of Romanian recent feature and short films.
Special screenings on ecology & global issues & special programs.
Question and answer sessions with representatives of films screened within the Festival, public debates with film crews, film critics & guests.

General conditions – Feature Film Competition:

6 films will be presented within the Feature Film Competition, put forward by Festival selector Ludmila Cvikova. *there is no open submission process for this section. Only feature films produced after January 1st 2021 will enter the selection. Each feature film will have one representative present at the Festival, with all related costs covered by the Anonimul Foundation. The screening order of the films is decided by the Festival.
A film that is included in the Festival Competition cannot be withdrawn afterwards.
The Festival has the right to screen the films in the Competition three times during the Festival- 2 screenings in the Competition and one possible screening, if the film is awarded the ANONIMUL Trophy on Saturday, August 13th.
The Festival has the right to use parts of the films in the Competition for promotion (maximum 3’).
The films could be screened, with the approval of the distributor/ producer, within the ANONIMUL Retrospective, organized in Bucharest- an event targeting film critics, journalists and representatives of the film industry who could not be present in Sfântu Gheorghe for the Festival.

General conditions- Short Film Competition:

Short films– fiction/ animation- will enter the final competition based on a selection put forward by film critic Ionuț Mareș.
Submissions for selection within the ANONIMUL Short Film Competition are open until May 6th 2022.
Only films that meet the following conditions will be accepted for selection:
the film is produced after January 1st 2021;
the film does not exceed 30 minutes in length;
the film is subtitled in English, unless the dialogue is in English.
All entries for fiction and animation short films will go through the selection process, unless a special waiver was granted by the Festival.
The screening of selected films will be made from either DCP or HD files, complying with the technical specifications issued by the Festival.
The Festival invites 1 representative of each film included in the competition (director/ producer/ writer/ actor) to ANONIMUL, in Sfântu Gheorghe for 3 days, with costs related to accommodation in Romania covered by the Festival.

The short films selected for the ANONIMUL Short Film Competition will be announced by June 10nd 2022, while the screening material should reach the Festival by July 15th 2022 at the very latest. If the screening material is not sent in due time, the film will be replaced.

Miscellaneous:

The screening order of the films is decided by the Festival.
A submitted film that is included in the Festival Competition cannot be withdrawn afterwards.
The Festival has the right to screen the films in the Competition four times during the Festival.
The Festival has the right to use parts of the films in the Competition for promotion (maximum 3’).
The films in the Short Fiction and Animation Competition will be screened within the ANONIMUL Retrospective, organized in September in Bucharest- an event targeting film critics, journalists and representatives of the film industry who could not be present in Sfântu Gheorghe for the Festival.

AWARDS

The audience will award the following by vote:

BEST FEATURE EUR 3,000 + ANONIMUL Trophy

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT EUR 1,000

BEST ROMANIAN SHORT EUR 1,000

THE OVIDIU BOSE PAŞTINĂ AWARD, of EUR 1,000, is offered by the Anonimul Foundation.

The prizes will be awarded to their respective producers- natural or legal persons.

The Anonimul IFF  was founded in 2007.

In our first years, we still had to convince ourselves that this festival which was happening here, in Sfantu Gheorghe, should be as it is, then convincing others to come. Things are quite different since the beginning of the festival. Being here from the first edition, the dynamics of the public has changed. As I was talking with director Cristi Puiu, who was here at the first edition and then now, twelve years later, everything looks quite interesting: the place looks identically, but the public is different. And most important, the audience has grown significantly. I remember that we started with 400 persons as public, and then the audience has grown. Since 2007, the festival was big enough in order not to explain anymore when I introduced myself what is Anonimul – people already know about the festival. Also, from the very beginning we positioned ourselves as a niche, which couldn’t be the best thing, to be honest. In time, we realised that the locals can also become our public, first watching half of a movie, then an entire movie and then even asking questions, creating relationships.

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