After four years when the entrance
hall of the Republica Cinema was the meeting point of the TIFF guests
with the public, this year the organizers of the festival inaugurated
a Meeting Point with personality, in the yard of the Art Museum of Cluj.
Music, painting and photo exhibitions, fashion and colour! For the next
nine days, they will be making the delight of those who will come to
this historic place.
The opening included book launchings, theatrical performances, a fashion
show and jazz concerts.
The choice of this location has a double meaning: it will make a picturesque
and informal setting for a rendezvous of those who want to exchange
impressions on the Festival. Directors, actors and film celebrities
will have the opportunity to have a coffee and share thoughts, ideas
and impressions side by side with the other movie lovers. Maybe the
most important long-lasting aspect is the initiative of the fundraising
campaign for the restoring of the yard of this beautiful baroque monument.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution for the restoring of this monument
may donate a sum of money at the special urns placed at cinemas and
by attending the film The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy
Gentleman, directed by Michael Winterbottom, on Tuesday 8, at
The Meeting Point in Cluj will be an event in itself, having its own
competition - "You've Got Personality, Show It at TIFF!" -
organized by the National Authority for Youth (ANT), Romanian Film Promotion
Association (APFR), the main organizer of TIFF, and YAP Romania. It
invites 15 young people interested in painting, graphics and photography
to exhibit their work while other 25 young members of theatre groups
will be able to present their productions on a scene built on this purpose
in the Museum yard. Also, other 10 young talented people who love music
will be able to prove their musical talent in a contest; while also,
on an open air screen the public will have the opportunity to watch
movies signed by young Romanian directors.