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What is MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema?
“Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema is the annual weeklong survey that has helped define and establish the southeastern European country as a stronghold of socially incisive, independently minded personal cinema” (The Wall Street Journal). It is the only comprehensive U.S. festival dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the best in Romanian contemporary cinema as well as in rarely seen classics. The powerful and inventive programming of the festival includes Q&As with stars of the Romanian New Wave, panels, special events and networking parties.
Why a festival of Romanian cinema?
Initiated in 2006, the Romanian Film Festival in New York was nourished by the belief that the Romanian cinema, “one of the most startling developments in world cinema” (The New York Times), deserves to be exposed on a sustainable basis to American audiences. The festival provides every year an encounter with what’s best in contemporary Romanian filmmaking, and introduces American audiences to films and filmmakers who laid the ground for the new Romanian cinema long before Cannes or Berlin discovered it.
Under the leadership of cultural entrepreneur Corina Suteu, with Mihai Chirilov as artistic director and Oana Radu as festival manager, the festival has been growing by leaps and bounds, becoming a fixture on the city’s cultural scene. It has been endorsed by the community of Romanian filmmakers including Tudor Giurgiu, Cristian Mungiu, Radu Muntean, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristi Puiu, and Andrei Ujica, among others. With each edition it attracted a larger and dedicated following and built a strong recognition among U.S. film professionals. The festival has also enjoyed a consistent coverage in the media, from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, through Variety to Indiewire.
What happened last year?
Last year, when political and cultural policy changes in Romanian jeopardized the existence of the festival, the team that initiated and organized since 2006 the yearly Romanian film festival in New York launched the independent Romanian Film Initiative (RFI) and undertook to fundraise and organize the festival in partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and to preserve its critical and creative spirit. In a very short period of time the initiative garnered the support of foundations, sponsors, festival audiences, artists, Romanian film fans and other members of the festival’s creative community, which not only kept the festival going, but ensured that its presence was stronger than ever before.
The redesigned and independent 2012 Making Waves Festival took place November 29-December 5 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and could be considered the best festival edition to date. Over 3000 spectators attended the 26 screenings and special events, joined by 16 festival guests. Over 300 people supported Making Waves, making the festival the first large Romanian event to have been produced through crowdfunding.
What’s in store for 2013?
This year, we want to continue and expand the Romanian film festival, and make its 8th edition bigger and better. Making Waves 2013, to take place at the beginning of December, will continue the leading partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, bringing new releases, talented artists, hot debates, consistent retrospectives, rare classics from Romania to the heart of New York City. This edition will also continue the special program on the shifts that affect the arts and culture in Central and Eastern Europe, having the Czech Republic and Slovakia as guest countries.
For the first time we will also travel the festival programming outside of New York City, to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY.
Special events, galas, conversations and industry events will complement the programming, continuing the tradition of the festival as both a festive and joyful celebration of Romanian cinema, and an important platform of encounter between Romanian and American film professionals. Award-winning filmmakers and actors will join the festival to enter in dialogue with the New York audiences, to include directors Nae Caranfil, Corneliu Porumboiu, Adrian Sitaru and Alexandra Gulea, actress Luminita Gheorghiu, and many more (tbc). Details on the festival program and participating guests will be available in September, but stay tuned for updates through our Kickstarter campaign.
What is the most important thing about all this?
We still need at least $25,000 to make the festival happen this year, which represents a fraction of the festival's budget. A larger support will help us reach our goal of developing Making Waves 2013 Bigger and Better.
What do we have?
- A crop of diverse and intriguing new films and surprising classics (in new prints) from a film culture whose “recent contributions have been good or great with almost alarming frequency” (The Village Voice);
- Amazing presenting partners, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jacob Burns Film Center;
- Great venues in the heart of Manhattan and Westchester County: Film Society's Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, and the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville;
- The support of the most prestigious film festival in Romania – the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF);
- Partial funding;
- A dedicated team of top programmers, curators and culture professionals;
- Last but not least, the commitment of a community of artists, audiences and fans of Romanian cinema, just like you, which made last year’s festival possible and hopefully will continue making waves.
What do we need?
The financial resource to bring guests from Romania (directors, actors, producers, and critics) and to organize and promote great events: Q&A sessions, panels, industry events and meet and greet parties.
How your money will be used?
Your pledges will be used to cover:
- Plane tickets and accommodation for the Romanian artists and industry guests;
- Producing a festival brochure, posters and other promotional materials;
- Organizing the now traditional opening party, Romanian style, and other galas;
- Organizing industry events, panels, etc;
- Promoting the festival in NY and national media.
A larger support means a bigger and better festival. If we manage to surpass our target, we will be able to present more films; to bring more guests not only to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, but also to the Jacob Burns Film Center; to better publicize the festival; and to organize more gala events.
What we offer our supporters?
In exchange for your support, we put together a bundle of rewards, with many exclusive opportunities for Romanian film fans. Check them out on the right and pick your "Goodie Bag!" THANK YOU!
Want to be a Leading Supporter?
By becoming a Patron, you may take a leading role in the successful continuation as well as expansion of the festival, while enjoying a range of personalized benefits. Read more at filmetc.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
Our big challenge in making the festival happen is funding itself. This project aims to continue, strengthen and expand a project which the team has been developing successfully for 8 years. We want to use what are the project’s strengths – its team and its experience and expertise in making such an event happen, the partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the new partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center, the investment and support of the Romanian leading filmmakers, and last but not least the audience the festival has built, which we also aim to involve in this Kickstarter campaign. Partial funding has already been confirmed and additional fundraising efforts are being carried out, so a successful Kickstarter campaign will be crucial in support not only the continuation, but also the expansion of the festival.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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