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On 18th March, 277 shorts line up for the start of an unique event – Cluj Kinofest Marathon 2017: awarded films, animations, fiction shorts, visual FX, music video, micromovies… films from our official “collection”, grouped in varied and exciting programs.

8 days of festival, 106 hours of screenings – shorts gathered by Kinofest will run day and night. So, one can’t tell there aren’t enough films!

The event will take place between 18th and 26th March, at Urania Palace, and the entrance is free.

“Best of Kinofest” is a program of 30 shorts – awarded at Kinofest and many other important festivals. From Luis Figuero’s short that is registered in Guinness Book for winning more that 200 prizes, to “A Morning Stroll” by Grant Orchard (UK) a BAFTA and Sundance winner, and Oscar Nominee for animation – the films gathered in “Best of Kinofest” program total couple hundreds of international prizes.

For animation fans, the recommended programs are: Adventures in Animation (47 films) and Animation Zone (42) – they present different technics (2D, 3D, MIX FX, classic animations), mostly European films; also, “Play Asia” (19 animation shorts produced in Japan, Taiwan, China, Singapore, etc) with many dynamic animations, very colorful, manga, experimental, etc; and, the last but not least: Visual FX - 17 spectacular shorts, fiction films with animation special effects (an area for excellency). We point out the perfect technic, original stories and the stage direction. The shorts from all these programs are various productions – from students’ films from wellknown universities (Gobelins, ESMA, ArtFX, etc) to independent productions or consecrated studios’s productions (Platige, FUMI, Studio WASIA, etc).

Adventures in Motion and World Panorama programs present 26 and 19 fiction shorts, from four continents: Europe, Asia, North and South America. These are various, special films, distinguished with many prizes, concept films, with a memorable script, artistic and technical achievment, originality, actors’ performance.

Spooky Shorts are 19 horror/thriller films, special, awful good!

Comedy Shorts programs gather 31 great comedies – excellent films, with serious and impressive awards.

Jukebox brings 27 music films from the official selection of the festival. Creativity is what characterizes these films.

Nine Roumanian films are present at the Kinofest Cluj Film Marathon: : “O vacanţă la mare” by Cristina Groşan, “The Box” by Mircea Ghibortz Ghinescu, “Hello Tourist” by Gergelz Szilard, “Brit Tips Ditty” by Dan Vezentan, “Jaful” by Mihai Radu Dan, “Ochiul Păpuşii” by Doru Drăgoi & Bogdan Drăgoi, “Life Buoy” by Bardac Dragos Mihai, “Sonic Hysteria” - Nicolae Chiriş & Andrei Stratone, “Hotel Fetish” by Cătălin Rulea, “O zi de muncă” by Mircea Ghibortz Ghinescu.

The films will run 18 hours/day, from 11AM to 5AM the next day.

A computer graphic exhibition will take place at Urania Palace, concerts and parties.

Kinofest Cluj Marathon is a project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.


Media partners: Zile şi Nopţi, Iqads, Cinemagia, Romania Pozitiva,,, Modernism, Cinefan, AARC, Comics,,

Have a pleasant viewing!

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We’re starting the official Call for Entries for Kinofest 2017

You can start sending films! The deadline for registrations is 31st July. Please read about registration requirements, terms and conditions here.

The 11th edition of Kinofest will take place: on 1-30 September on internet, and on 29 September – 1 October in a cinema.

Kinofest 2017 has five different competition cathegories: the three Online Competitions, organized in September (1 - 30) and two offline competitions (29 September - 1 October).

Online Kinofest Competitions (1 - 30 September): Animation, Fiction, Micromovie. The selected films will be upload on Youtube Kinofest (, and available for the public voting (with “like”). The film that gathers most vots will win the competition – there will be 3 winners, one for each online section: Best Animation Online, Best Fiction Online, Best Micromovie.

OFFline Kinofest Competitions (29 September – 2 October): Animation and Fiction. The selected films will be projected in a cinema, on 29 September – 1 October. The jury, one for each section, will choose the winners: Best Animation and Best Fiction. If the budget will allow us, we’ll have two more prizes – a Jury Prize for each offline competition.

The prizes will be cash.

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