The General Assembly of the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) held in Berlin on February 13th, 2011, approved the accreditation of the Transilvania International Film Festival in 2011. This puts the Cluj-Napoca festival on the A list for Specialised Competitive Festivals, due to the profile of the Official Competition, specialised on first or second time feature directors. Transilvania is thus acknowledged as one of the top 40 film festivals in the world – also being one of the youngest to have made it on the list.
“With the rising number of festivals around the globe, FIAPF-accreditation states clear rules both for the festivals and the licensors. As a quality label, FIAPF accreditation fully contributes to the development of the festival and guarantees an efficient promotion among the worldwide professionals. In an increasingly competitive environment, festivals need adapted regulator frames: FIAPF is the natural sphere to prevent conflicts between festivals under the auspices of the profession. Any festival with strong development expectations has all interest to be in than out.” said Benoît Ginisty, FIAPF Director General.
With the accreditation of Transilvania International Film Festival FIAPF reinforces its cooperation in the Eastern and Central Europe. Besides Transilvania IFF, since 2006, FIAPF has accredited the Black Nights International Film Festival in Tallinn (Estonia), the Era New Horizons Film Festival in Wroclaw (Poland) and the Sofia International Film Festival (Bulgaria).
“The accreditation of the coming edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival is seen as a recognition of the work already done by the festival's team, from 2002 until now. It gives us great satisfaction to have met the high FIAPF standards right before Transilvania IFF's tenth edition, making our festival one of the youngest to have ever received this recognition. We hope that our work will still be appreciated from now on and we promise even greater editions in years to come” stated Tudor Giurgiu, President and founder of the Transilvania International Film Festival.
“Producers need references to understand the changing festivals world. This remains true for foreign producers in respect to the high number of European festivals. FIAPF-accreditation is a key-tool for a lot of worldwide licensors. By accreditating the festival, FIAPF also wants to recognise the amazing work done by the Transilvania International Film Festival in setting up an important meeting point in a few years for all those interested in the Romanian films” added Benoît Ginisty.