Film critic Mihai Chirilov is the artistic director of Transilvania International Film Festival, heading a board of programmers responsible for most of the festival sections. He is also the sole curator of the Romanian Days showcase, while the international documentary program, called What’s Up, Doc?, is exclusively designed by writer and journalist Ana Maria Sandu.
Ahead of the 19th Transilvania International Film Festival, which occurs 31 July – 9 August 2020, Modern Times Review spoke with both Mihai and Ana about this year’s edition, documentary programming, and more.
Can you explain about the documentary selections and programmes at Transilvania International Film Festival? How are the sections created? What criteria do you look for in films?
Mihai: There are already two major documentary festivals in Romania, one is Astra in Sibiu, possibly the biggest in this part of Europe, and the other one is the local franchise of One World. Each of them has a specific interest and both are doing a great job. However, there are a lot of documentaries that don’t necessarily match their profiles, and this is where TIFF enters. Even though the festival is mostly dedicated to fiction works, our documentaries have a special place and audience. We don’t want them isolated, completely separated stylistically from the fiction works in the other programs, that’s why we are mostly interested in those documentaries that give you the …
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