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Bucharest International Film Festival - BIFF - B-EST

Buchar-EST International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) is the first major feature film competition organized in Bucharest held every year since 2005.


The jury of Bucarest B-Est

JAN HARLAN (Head of the Jury)

Producer and Director

„I joined Stanley Kubrick in 1969 for his Napoleon project, which was unfortunately abandoned, but I enjoyed working with Stanley and he liked me, so I added the study of film-production with a great teacher to my previous profession. My first film as an assistant was A Clockwork Orange. Four years later I became Kubrick’s Executive Producer and worked for Warner Bros. on Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. One of my sidelines was suggesting music. After Stanley Kubrick’s death in 1999 I worked with Steven Spielberg on A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Later I made the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and a documentary about the British actor Malcolm McDowell (both for Warner Bros); also some films with students and a film with an international youth orchestra around the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Alexander Baillie. In addition to lecturing at film schools and serving in juries at international competitions, I am preparing a documentary film on Kubrick’s Napoleon project with Erik Nelson and Alison Castle, quite a nostalgic closing of a circle.”



Head of the International Relations Department of the Berlin International Film Festival

After studies of English and Roman Languages at the Berlin Free University, Karin Hoffinger spent some years living in Italy and Greece and joined the Berlin Film Festival at the end of 1989. In 1992 she moved over to the production side and worked as Production Assistant for the Berlin based Road Movies Filmproduktion, where she coordinated European productions such as The Absence by Peter Handke or Madre Gilda by Francisco Regueiro. In 1995 she came back to the Berlin Film Festival and today is heading the International Relations Department. She is working closely with the director’s office in the programme coordination and organisation.



Director of the FESTROIA Film Festival

Fernanda Silva was born in the 15th of July of 1957, in Portugal. She made her graduation in Public Relations and has the First Certificate in English (Cambridge). In 1988, she started working for FESTROIA-International Film Festival as General Secretary. Since then she was Programming Director, Artistic Director and she is now President of the FESTROIA Association. From 2001 to 2003 she was a member of the  Board of the Administration of the European Coordination of Film Festivals. She is currently Member of the Board of the Administration of CICAE. She acted as member of the jury for various prestigious international film festivals. She is a member of the EFA – European Film Academy. She is in charge of programming for the two Municipal Theatres in Setúbal. Fernanda Silva also writes articles about cinema for the Cultural Magazine of the Municipality.




Director and producer

Having completed his film studies at the University of Theatre and Film of Budapest and the Louis Lumiere Film School in Paris he started working in the film business at the beginning of the nineties. In 1995 he received the European Council Human Rights Award for his film titled If We Eat a Beaver. The same year founded his own production company Engram Film and has been working as an independent director-producer since then. His first feature, the multi-award winning film the The Way, premiered in Locarno. His film Children, Kosovo 2000 was launched at the Berlinale and was highly acclaimed both by critics and audience. Another Planet (2008), an important international success, presented in 46 countries, won 20 awards. In 2009 he received UNICEF’s Highest Appreciation Award in acknowledgement of his work featuring children issues. He was invited to several prestigious festivals as a jury member, gave lectures, held workshops and master-classes in a number of countries. He is a member of the European Film Academy, the European Producers Club and the Federation of International Journalists.



Film Critic

Boyd van Hoeij is a freelance film writer. He is a contributing critic for U.S. trade paper Variety, the film editor of Winq (Netherlands) and Mate (UK/US) and a correspondent for European cinema portal He also regularly contributes to International Film Guide (UK), Filmkrant (Netherlands) and indieWIRE (US). His work has been published in ten languages including Romanian. His book 10/10, about ten contemporary Francophone Belgian directors, came out in September 2010.








Born in Sibiu. She graduated the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bucharest. Film critic at the România liberă daily for almost 13 years. Freelancer since 2008. She is now a permanent contributor to,, Suplimentul de Cultura and Radio Romania Cultural. Author of the book Fantasme si adevaruri. O carte cu Mircea Saucan (2003).




Critic and film historian , member of Romanian Filmakers Union (UCIN) and FIPRESCI (International Critics Federation). Graduated from the University of Bucarest (Philosophy and Cultural Journalism). She writes for many cultural magazines (Cultura, Dilema Veche, Observator Cultural) and is a regular contributor for Radio and TV. Since 1990 she has been working for Adevarul, the most important Romanian newspaper, as a chief of Cinema Dept. She wrote books about Sophia Loren, Lucian Pintilie, Malvina Ursianu, François Truffaut. Member of the FIPRESCI Jury at the Festivals of Cannes, Venice, Montreal, Valladolid, Thessaloniki, Turin, Cairo, Krakow, Dubai, member of the main jury in Clermont-Ferrand, Bordeaux, Trieste. Five times winner of Romanian Filmakers Union’s Prize for film criticism and books about cinema.




Film critic, FIPRESCI member and the artistic director of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF), which he cofounded in 2002. In addition, Chirilov works as a curator for the Romanian Film Festival in New York, organized since 2006 by The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York. He has served as jury member at film festivals such as Hong Kong, Berlin, Gothenburg, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Karlovy Vary, Munich and Moscow. He writes for several publications and is the editor-in-chief of AperiTIFF magazine, a special yearly edition of the official publication of TIFF, dedicated to the New Romanian Cinema. He is coauthor of a book about Lars von Trier and he translated into Romanian two novels by Chuck Palahniuk.



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About Bucharest International Film Festival - BIFF - B-EST

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B-EST IFF 2009 takes place at Cinema Studio, between 23rd and 30th March.
Price for one ticket 8 RON, 4 films pass 24 RON.
All students, regardless of university, have free access, based on their student id.

Buchar-EST International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) is the first major feature film competition organized in Bucharest, starting with 2005.

The aim of the festival has been to become a forum that encourages new cinema trends. We wish to discover new talents, to promote young filmmakers that have achieved recognition both at a national level, as well as in prestigious international competitions. We wish to bring a selection of best quality films to the cinema audience of Bucharest, and we invite you to take part in this event.

B-EST is a festival dedicated to art cinema, but also to those that want to express something new and different through film. Although the focus is represented by independent creations, low and medium-budget productions, B-EST has always managed to include important international awarded films in its selections.



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