Transilvania Talent Lab (TTL) is looking to educate and promote young talents within the film industry.

The sixth edition of the workshop is dedicated to young professionals and NGO representatives seeking to find out more about the management of a picture house, but not necessarily working within such a position.

The selected participants will be guided by internationally acclaimed film professionals.

This initiative comes at a time when there are no professional training programs or post-graduate trainings for various occupations within the film industry, only a few dedicated to animation, directing, scriptwriting, acting, but none for cultural management nor for the administration of a cinema. Recently we’ve come across many public authorities trying to renovate and re-bring on the cultural map the cinemas in their cities, but this is not enough. For the investment to be fully successful, they need professional trained people to run those institutions..

Currently, Romania is the European country with the fewest screens reported to the number of inhabitants. If in 1990 there were about 450 cinemas, today have survived less than 30. In just less than 20 years, the number of spectators has decreased 50 times compared to the 90s, and less than 20 cinemas have been upgraded. 78% of the Romanian cities have no functional cinema. Romanian and European films, although appreciated and awarded internationally in major film festivals, fail to reach the Romanian audiences due to the lack of arthouse cinemas, as an alternative to the multiplexes whose programming is focused on commercial productions.

TTL has a clear purpose, to support those who run the few remaining open cinemas or those looking to proceed on this path, and to give them access to professional training with international experts. Thus, they can develop their management skills and learn more about the promotion and marketing of films and the secrets to building a community of film lovers within their region.

All those interested are invited to apply. We will launch the call for entries in March 2017. Stay tuned!