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Bucharest International Film Festival - BIFF - B-EST

Buchar-EST International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) is the first major feature film competition organized in Bucharest held every year since 2005.


B-EST 3rd Edition

3rd edition, 14 – 21 April 2007, Scala and Eforie cinemas

The Russian director Nikita Mihalkov opened the 3rd edition of B-EST IFF by the movie Burned By The Sun (Oscar for the best foreign movie,1994)., Mihalkov as well, was present at the movie projections Statski Sovetnik (2005, producer and actor) and The Barber of Siberia (1998), movies chosen at the director’s suggestion.
Nikita Mihalkov answered the audience and the press questions all along the press conference organized at the Marriot Hotel and also after the projections of his own movies, during special sessions organized by the stuff of the festival.
Nikita Mihalkov delivered a master-class on : The Director in two hypostases – as a director and an actor, attended by over 500 spectators, journalists, students at theatre and film institutes, cinema people.
B-EST IFF events, 3rd edition – were presented by mass-media: TVR1, TVR Cultural, B1TV, Antena 1, Realitatea TV, Naþional TV, Radio România, Radio Guerilla, Daily Magazines (Cotidianul, Gândul, Ziua, Adevãrul, România Liberã, Jurnalul Naþional, etc.)… for a whole week, over 65 movies in the 5 sections of the festival at Scala and Eforie cinemas in Bucharest. The movie halls comprised over 15 000 spectators (students of the cinema university and mass-media, cineasts, journalists, culture people, etc.)

The Festival was marked by the famous cineast Nikita Mihalkov, long awaited in Romania, by many organizations. Nikita Mihalkov was warmly welcomed in Romania, as he himself attested during discussions with mass-media representatives. Parallel to the projections of the screened movies at the cineama halls, exhibitions, book and DVD inagurations were held at the Calderon Galleries, the Marble Hall of the Cinema Union, the Apollo Galery. The Exhibition hall of the University of Art in Bucharest, were openedto the most important Scenography Exhibition in view to the selection for the Prague Quadienal (11 – 27 June 2007).
Films screened in the 3rd. Edition of B-EST IFF

• Private Fears in Private Places (2006), Alain Resnais, Silver Lion, Venice 2006
• Bobby (2006), Emilio Estevez , Veneþia Competition 2006
• Dave Chapelle’s Block Party (2005), Michel Gondry
• Time (2006), Kim Ki Duk (2006), winner of Chicago International Film Festival
• Invisible Waves (2006), Pen Ek Ratanarung, Berlinale 2006, Toronto 2006
• Indigenes (2006), Rachid Bouchareb, Official Competition Cannes 2006
• Half Moon (2006), Bahman Ghobadi, winner of San Sebastian 2006
• Atomized (2006), Oskar Roehler, Silver Bear, Berlinale 2006
• Syndromes and a Century (2005), Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Venice Competition 2006
• Three Times (2005), Hou Hsiao Hsien, Official Competition Cannes 2006
• Suely in the Sky (2006), winner of Bratislava IFF
• The Wild Blue Yonder (2005), Werner Herzog, FIPRESCI Prize, Venice, 2006
• Favela Rising (2005), Matt Mochary & Jeff Zimbalist , winner of the International Documentary Association 2006
• I For India (2005), Sandya Suri, official competition Sundance Film Festival
• Suely in the Sky (2006), winner of Bratislava IFF
• 37 Uses For A Dead Sheep - directed by Ben Hopkins (2006, UK); winner at Berlinala, 2006; nominalized for the best documentary at the European Film Awards
• Hammer & Tickle – directed by Ben Lewis (2006, coproduction Canada/ France/ Germany
• Electro - directed by Matei-Alexandru Mocanu (2006, Romania);
• The Entrepreneur - directed by Frank Raharinosy (2007, theUSA);
• On Point - directed by Theodore Collatos (2007, theUSA) - the movie had its world premiere at B-EST International Film Festival


• “Suely In The Sky” (France – Portugal, 2006), directed by Karim Ainouz, (B-EST IFF trophy for the best fiction movie)

• “Favela Rizing” (UK 2006), Matt Mochary & Jeff Zimbalist (B-EST IFF Award for the best documentary movie)

• Examen (Romania, 2006), directed by Paul Negoescu: (B-EST IFF Award for the best short movie)

• The jury of the section “Documentary movie” awarded “The special jury prize” to Wener Herzog, director of The Wild Blue Yonder (Germany 2005).


Feature Films
Gerard Corbiau (director), Ludmila Cvikova (Rotterdam Selector– IFFR), Martin Blaney, (film critic – Screen International)

Laurenþiu Damian (director), Dragos Bucurenci (tv producer), Anca Grãdinariu (film critic)

Short Feature Films
Andrei Rus, Miruna Vasilescu, Toma Peiu (UNATC students)

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About Bucharest International Film Festival - BIFF - B-EST

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B-EST IFF 2009 takes place at Cinema Studio, between 23rd and 30th March.
Price for one ticket 8 RON, 4 films pass 24 RON.
All students, regardless of university, have free access, based on their student id.

Buchar-EST International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) is the first major feature film competition organized in Bucharest, starting with 2005.

The aim of the festival has been to become a forum that encourages new cinema trends. We wish to discover new talents, to promote young filmmakers that have achieved recognition both at a national level, as well as in prestigious international competitions. We wish to bring a selection of best quality films to the cinema audience of Bucharest, and we invite you to take part in this event.

B-EST is a festival dedicated to art cinema, but also to those that want to express something new and different through film. Although the focus is represented by independent creations, low and medium-budget productions, B-EST has always managed to include important international awarded films in its selections.



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