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The 12th edition of International Film Festival Kinofest is over, more than 150 films were screened in four cities, at Cinema Elvira Popescu, FotoCabinet, Ambasada, Urania Palace and Moszkva Cafe. The fantasies of hundreds of filmmakers lived on the Kinofest screens, for three days.

The Fiction Competition was won by Kevork Aslanyan with the film "GETTING FAT IN A HEALTHY WAY”, a 22 minutes film, Bulgaria-Germany co-production.

Synopsis: “In a world where gravity is weak and skinny people fly into the sky, Constantine has never left the apartment he shares with his father Atanas. But one day the beautiful stewardess who moves into the building will change Constantine's life forever”.

Kevork Aslanyan (Sofia, Bulgaria, 10/10/1985) graduated in 2009 as Film and TV Editor from the National Academy for Theatre and Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria and went on to work on such multiple international award winning feature films as “Shelter” (2010) and “Zift” (2008) as well as numerous short films. Simultaneously directing his own short films during all that time, he then applied to the London Film Academy from which he has graduated as writer-director (March 2012) with a 12 minute pilot for black comedy “Brit grit feature film (No White)” and a co-written feature script.

"Getting Fat in a Healty Way" was selected in more than 60 international film festivals, and wom 26 prizes (Best film of the year, Best Comedy, Jury Award, Audience Award, Best editing, etc).

At Kinofest, the jury that made this decision was formed of: Alexandra Paun (screenwriter and independent film producer), Daniel Sur (writer, expert at Romanian Cultural Institute and Goverment), Flavia Dima (film critic). The jury motivated theire choosing: for the courage of creating a dystopian future, a retro Fantasy in such a funny way, and in low budget conditions. For the originality/creativity of the story, and for the humor.

At the Animation Competition, the big prize went to the French shortfilm "THE BOLT CONNECTION”, 7 minutes long. The authors are: Nicolas Lebas, Claire Cartier, Mathilde Dourdy, Thibault Grunenberger, Maurine Lecerf, Shih-Hui Pan. It is a “fresh” production from 2018 – Kinofest was the International premiere, and this is the first prize it wons; but we are very sure it is not the last!

The jury's choice was unanimous.

Synopsis: “After a heist that goes wrong, a frail robot who was the driver of a robot mafia ends up being in possession of some loot he shouldn’t have, a human heart. Tempted by the

opportunity of being like his bosses, he grafts the heart to himself and discovers the

feeling of being alive. But those brief instants of life have a price.”

The authors are co-directors of the film. They have graduated from Supinfocom Rubika school (in Valenciennes, France) with Masters in digital director.

The Jury members, for the Animation Competiton, were: Alexandra Paun (screenwriter and independent film producer), Radu Tinc (art-director and owner at Meka Studio), Andrei Cotrut (illustrator, art director), Sorin Pintilii (animator), Emil Plesca (graphic designer). The jury's motivation: the film is a small jewell – the design inspired by the Art Deco of the 20s. The story is a new original twist of this robotic vision that is used in animations. The direction and editing are very good, they are dynamic, well cut, you don't get borred. The animation is unitar and expressive, and manages to keep the same quality level throughout the film. The story is coherent.

The Best Online Animation was voted by the public, on Youtube/Kinofest. "RISE" by Jannerson Xavier gathered most like's from the finalist films. It is a production from Brazil, from 2018, an International Premier, that happened at Kinofest.

Synopsis: From Gaia's heart to the gates of Empyrean: it’s the human journey. Whether looking for safety or Cosmos, the major impulse that moves humanity is the same that takes it to above. It’s an ode to human desire to launch itself to heavens, and to wonders built from that dream.

Graduated in advertising for University of Sao Paulo, Jannerson worked as designer and copywriter in digital and social media ad agencies in Sao Paulo, before get to know the outstanding world of animation and motion graphics. In 2013 founded Histeria! studio with his partner Daniel Kano and, since then, writes and directs all the production in the studio.


The visuals of our media campaign is signed by Meka Studio (Radu Tinc).

Kinofest International Film Festival is organized by Kinofest Association, with no governmental support, or any other State institution from Romania (C.N.C, Culture Minister, A.F.C.N, A.R.C.U.B, Bucharest City Hall, etc.). Our festival is denied any help, for 12 years.

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