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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

Transilvania Film Festival: Philipp Yuryev's The Whaler Boy wins top prize

The Whaler Boy, the debut film of Russian director Philipp Yuryev won the top prize of this year's Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF). 

The TIFF jury decided to award "this beautiful, meticulous portrait of an isolated community and of the dreams of a boy stunned by social media."

The film received the Transilvania Trophy, amounting to EUR 10,000. Ballet star Sergei Polunin, a guest of the festival this year, handed Yuryev the award.

The jury included Mexican writer, director and producer Guillermo Arriaga, producer Katriel Schory, director and producer Scott Coffey, actress Maria Popistașu, and Christian Jeune, the director of the Film Department of the Cannes Festival.

Eugen Jebeleanu won the Best Directing Award, amounting to EUR 3,500 for Poppy Field. The production also won the Audience Award.

The Best Performance Award, amounting to EUR 1,000, went to actress Petra Martínez, the protagonist of Spanish production That Was Life, directed by David Martin de los Santos.

The Special Jury Award, worth EUR 1,500, went to P.S. Vinothraj's Pebbles, while a Special Mention of the Jury was awarded to The Flood Won't Come, directed by Marat Sargsyan. 

The FIPRESCI Prize, offered by The International Federation of Film Critics for a film in the Romanian Days section, went to Bogdan George Apetri's Unidentified.

Dan Dinu and Cosmin Dumitrache's Wild Romania received the Audience Award for the most popular Romanian film.

TIFF also offered the Excellence Award to director Nae Caranfil, the Lifetime Achievement Award to actress Cezara Dafinescu, and the Special Transilvania 20 Award to film critic Dan Făinaru.

Furthermore, the Romanian Days Award for Best Feature Film, amounting to EUR 10,000 in post-production services, went to Otto the Barbarian, directed by Ruxandra Ghițescu. #dogpoopgirl, directed by Andrei Huțuleac, won the Romanian Days Award for Best Debut, while the Romanian Days Award for Best Short Film was granted to When Night Meets Dawn, directed by Andreea Borțun. Paul Mureșan's Cradle received the Special Mention of the Short Film Jury in the Romanian Days.

At the same time, the Alex. Leo Șerban Scholarship, worth EUR 2,500, went to A Flower is Not a Flower, a debut feature film and short story by Cristian Pascariu. 

The full list of TIFF 2021 awards is available here.

(Photo: Nicu Cherciu, courtesy of TIFF)

simona@romania-insider.com

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Simona Fodor
Senior Editor

Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

Transilvania Film Festival: Philipp Yuryev's The Whaler Boy wins top prize

The Whaler Boy, the debut film of Russian director Philipp Yuryev won the top prize of this year's Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF). 

The TIFF jury decided to award "this beautiful, meticulous portrait of an isolated community and of the dreams of a boy stunned by social media."

The film received the Transilvania Trophy, amounting to EUR 10,000. Ballet star Sergei Polunin, a guest of the festival this year, handed Yuryev the award.

The jury included Mexican writer, director and producer Guillermo Arriaga, producer Katriel Schory, director and producer Scott Coffey, actress Maria Popistașu, and Christian Jeune, the director of the Film Department of the Cannes Festival.

Eugen Jebeleanu won the Best Directing Award, amounting to EUR 3,500 for Poppy Field. The production also won the Audience Award.

The Best Performance Award, amounting to EUR 1,000, went to actress Petra Martínez, the protagonist of Spanish production That Was Life, directed by David Martin de los Santos.

The Special Jury Award, worth EUR 1,500, went to P.S. Vinothraj's Pebbles, while a Special Mention of the Jury was awarded to The Flood Won't Come, directed by Marat Sargsyan. 

The FIPRESCI Prize, offered by The International Federation of Film Critics for a film in the Romanian Days section, went to Bogdan George Apetri's Unidentified.

Dan Dinu and Cosmin Dumitrache's Wild Romania received the Audience Award for the most popular Romanian film.

TIFF also offered the Excellence Award to director Nae Caranfil, the Lifetime Achievement Award to actress Cezara Dafinescu, and the Special Transilvania 20 Award to film critic Dan Făinaru.

Furthermore, the Romanian Days Award for Best Feature Film, amounting to EUR 10,000 in post-production services, went to Otto the Barbarian, directed by Ruxandra Ghițescu. #dogpoopgirl, directed by Andrei Huțuleac, won the Romanian Days Award for Best Debut, while the Romanian Days Award for Best Short Film was granted to When Night Meets Dawn, directed by Andreea Borțun. Paul Mureșan's Cradle received the Special Mention of the Short Film Jury in the Romanian Days.

At the same time, the Alex. Leo Șerban Scholarship, worth EUR 2,500, went to A Flower is Not a Flower, a debut feature film and short story by Cristian Pascariu. 

The full list of TIFF 2021 awards is available here.

(Photo: Nicu Cherciu, courtesy of TIFF)

simona@romania-insider.com

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