When Night Meets Dawn, the short film directed by Andreea Cristina Borțun, wins the BIEFF 2021 Grand Prize

The11th edition of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) ended on Sunday evening, on November 21st, with an awards ceremony for the best film experiments presented this year in the competition sections. When Night Meets Dawn, the local production directed by Andreea Cristina Borțun, won BIEFF Grand Prix 2021, worth 1500 euros, impressing the Jury of the International Competition through the cinematic language and the soundscape that the filmmaker chose to illustrate a moment of transgression. Along with the other award-winning films on Sunday night, the short film ran on the big screen, at Cinema Elvire Popesco, marking the end of a real marathon of events held over five days in cinemas in the capital.

The jury of the International Competition, which included, at this edition, the director and the visual artist Antoine Chapon, Angelika Ramlow, member of the Berlinale Forum Expanded team and project manager at Arsenal Distribution, together with the curator Mathieu Janssen, pre-selector for the Vienna Shorts festival and director of the competition sections at the Go Short Nijmegen Film Festival, awarded him Award for best director, worth 1000 euros, to the filmmaker Nicholas Schmidt, the director of the short film Inflorescence.

“We award this prize to a filmmaker who filmed an image that might seem insignificant at first glance, but which becomes strong thanks to the trust that the director gives it.”, Motivated the Jury of the International Competition.

The award for The best visual concept, worth 1,000 euros, was awarded to the film This Day Won’t Last, made by Mouaad el Salem, which captures “the daily life of the director in a sensual montage of fragile images, combining videos with splendid photographs of bodies, seas and plants.” A Special mention from the jury was offered to the short film Misty Picture, by Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller.

Organized for the first time in the history of the festival, the National Competition announced its winner on Sunday evening, rewarding the filmmakers with a prize worth 1500 euros. I was sleepwalking when I saw all those colors, the short film directed by Bogdan Balla, has been nominated The best Romanian film presented at the 11th edition of BIEFF, after impressing the jury made up of the curator Charlotte Bohn, part of the team in charge of the program of the Forum Expanded section of the Berlin International Film Festival, the film critic, selector and distributor Pedro Emilio Segura Bernal, selector of the Black Canvas FCC festivals (Mexico), and Reykjavik Film Festival (Iceland), together with the film critic Andreea Pătru, selector of the Tenerife Shorts festival and member of the selection committees of the Las Palmas International Film Festival and the Valladolid International Film Festival.

The awards ceremony and screening of the winning films marked the end of a special BIEFF edition, during which, over five days, spectators in Bucharest watched in large numbers a wide selection of innovative cinematic experiments, presented at the National Museum of Art of Romania (Auditorium Hall), Eforie Cinematheque and Elvie Popesco Cinema. Annette, the newest production signed by the French author Leos Carax, was in the top of the preferences of moviegoers, who bought in just a few days all the tickets available for the two screenings of the film awarded for Best Director at Cannes.

The ranking of the most popular events continues with the screening Golden Shorts, the selection of short films awarded this year by the juries of the great festivals, closely followed by the two views The Tsugua Diaries, the Portuguese feature film directed by Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes. Days, the new film of the director-phenomenon Tsai Ming-liang, closed the 11th edition of BIEFF with a sold out projection. In turn, the seven thematic programs in which the short films from the International Competition were presented enjoyed the public’s attention. Tickets sold out quickly at the screenings Undutiful Daughters, Not Fully Human, Searching for connection and The World Without Us. Organized in conditions of increased safety, with the halls occupied at only 30% of their capacity, the festival attracted, during the five days of the festival, approximately 1500 spectators.

In mid-December, some of the films presented at the 11th edition will reach Timisoara, the Student Culture House, in a special edition of the festival. In period December 10 – 12, viewers will watch here the films awarded this year, the winning short films in 2020, an exhibition dedicated to the artistic group kinema ikon and other cinematic surprises that will be announced soon on www.bieff.ro.

Photo credit: Ada Stăncescu

Created under the patronage of the National University of Theater and Cinematography “IL Caragiale” and the National University of Arts Bucharest, the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) is the first event in Romania that promotes the border between cinema and visual arts, offering exposure to innovative visual artists, whose works are usually presented in museums and art galleries and only rarely in cinemas.

Flavia Dima, Oana Ghera and Oana Furdea – BIEFF 2021
Photo credit: Anda Stăncescu

Reaching its eleventh edition, BIEFF’s main objective is to promote innovative creations, conceptual, thematic and stylistic, and artists with deeply personal visions of contemporary reality, who, at the same time, boldly explore the limits of cinematic language. A cinema of total creative freedom, a cinema without compromises.

Photo credit: Ada Stăncescu

The 11th edition of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival was organized by the Manekino Cultural Association in partnership with PRINTOR COM, co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration and supported by the National Center of Cinematography.

BIEFF.11 is a project co-financed by the Capital City Hall through ARCUB within the Bucharest – Open City 2021 Program.
Parteneri: Directors’ Fortnight, Berlinale Forum Expanded, Institutul Francez
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