Here’s Our Holiday Gift for You: One Kinofest Film Every Day, Right Here!

Because holidays are all about sharing, this is the best time to unwrap the big gift box for you, the Kinofans. We carefully filled it with some of the sensational movies we found in the attic (well, OK, and on the Internet, too) that we’ve included in the official Kinofest selections throughout the years.
We’ll be showing a new film every day or so, till winter is over. So be sure to come back to check our Daily Films Page or check our Facebook page whenever you feel like seeing a fine digital short to keep you warm. And remeber: Kinofest 2010 is closer than you think.
Happy Holidays!

The winners of Kinofest 2009: see the films

You’ve probably read our post on the winners of Kinofest 2009. Now here’s an update with more information and links about the films and their authors.

The winner of the Micromovie competition was Waiting Chairs, by Ashwin Inamdar. See the film below.

The winner of the Fiction competition, Cómo Conocí A Tu Padre (How I Met Your Father), was directed Alex Montoya. See a two-minute preview of the film here.

The winner of the Animation section is Anhalter, by Daniel Hopfner, from Germany. See the film’s poster and more frames from the film below.





The winners have received an Adobe CS4 Production Premium Suite, providing them with the most up-to-date tools to continue creating sensational movies.
And, once again, we thank you for being such a great audience (online and at the festival), supporting our making of Kinofest 2009. We shall keep you updated with info about Kinofest and announce future events here.

Here are the winners of Kinofest 2009!

3 days, 21 hours, 2 concerts and over 200 films, almost 1.000 people. That was Kinofest 2009.
And here’s the big moment: we’ve announced the winners of the 3 Kinofest competitions: Fiction, Animation and Micromovie.
Here we go:

At the fiction competition, from the 31 films, the jury has decided that the winner is: Como Conoci A Tu Padre, by Alex Montoya from Spain.

From the 82 movies competing in the animation competition, the jury chose Anhalter, by Daniel Hopfner, from Germany.

And from the 52 movies in the Micromovie competition, the prize goes to Waiting Chairs, by Ashwin Inamdar from USA.

Every winner will receive an Adobe CS4 Production Premium Suite, providing the most up-to-date tools to continue creating sensational movies.

Here are the winners of AVON Movie for Life shortfilm competition

After just about 2 months from the beginning of AVON Movie for Life… here are the three winners of AVON Movie for Life Short Film Competition. Without any further introduction, here they are:

First prize
Pijama Party [Pyjama Party] (7′) – Direction and script: Millo Simulov / Image: Andrei Cristian Vladescu / Image assistant: Mihail Octavian Bratu, Mihai Ionescu / Sound assistant: Hadrian Gavrilutiu

Second prize
Iubeste-ma [Love Me] (7′) – Cast: Anamaria Maier, Paul Ipate / Direction and script: Millo Simulov / Image: Andrei Cristian Vlădescu / Image Assistant: Mihail Octavian Bratu

Third prize
2iua Sanilor [Breast's Day 2day] (5’56”) – Creator: Vlad Tomei

Huge congrats to all the participants – both to the finalists, and to those whose submissions din’t make to the final. You have all greately helped us start the conversation about breast cancer and the one and most important way of preventing it: self examination.

And, for the complete top of the 26 finalists, please visit the AVON Movie for Life page.

See and vote the finalists of the AVON Movie for Life film competition

Yesterday, at the first day of Kinofest, we’ve presented the premiere of the AVON Movie for Life film competition nominees. Just as a short recap, the competition was open for Romanian film makers (either professional or amateur) for 47 days (from 4 September to 20 October). During this period, we have received 41 films, out of which 26 were selected for the final stage and were presented yesterday, at The Light Cinema. These 26 films best matched the brief, according to the decision of Avon Cosmetics Romania.

At the Kinofest premiere, the crowd was really involved, watching the whole presentation and voting for the films, live, in parallel with the professional jury. Once again, the members of professional jury were:
Cătălin Saizescu (director)
Emanuel Lăzărescu (film critic, editor)
Claudiu Păun (director of photography)
Cristina Zaharia (film critic, editor
Andreea Catu (PR Specialist, Avon Cosmetics Romania)
Costin Radu (Managing Director IQads)

Now, you can see them and vote online for the 26 finalists on the official AVON Channel on YouTube. Each of these 3 types of votes (professional jury, Kinofest public and general public) counts for 33.3% of the final result. So, if you want to support your favourites, here’s your chance: cast your votes on YouTube.
When voting, please also keep in mind the initial brief requirments (read/download the brief here – Romanian only).

See the finalists below

Our big thanks go to all the people who submittted the films and to their whole crews, behind and in front of the camera. Your ideas and creations helped us raise awareness about breast cancer and especially about the simple way any woman can detect its symptoms early: self examination. Thank you!

Today is your last chance to buy discounted single-day tickets and 3-day passes for Kinofest

As you know already, the third edition of Kinofest – the International Digital Film Festival – is going to kick off tomorrow, October 22nd, at The Light Cinema, in Bucharest – the first full digital cinema ever built in Europe.

If you want to buy the single-day tickets and 3-day passes at discounted prices, you should hurry! We have Kinofst 3-day passes which cost 35 RON and grant you full access to all the Festival’s shows and single-day tickets, which cost 15RON. Both are available only until midnight – you can get them from the selected Diverta shops, The Light Cinema (Sos. Progresului, nr. 151-171) and online, from (see the details and links on our Location + Tickets page).

Starting tomorrow, till Saturday, 24 October, only the single-day tickets will be available, at the Light Cinema, at the full prize of 20 RON/day.

And just a short recap about why you should come to Kinofest. Kinofest is a gala of festivals, reuniting some of the most awarded recent micromovies; over one third of the festival entrances have already obtained an international prize at festivals such as Oscar, Cannes, Sundance, Siggraph, Annecy, Tamper and the list could continue on and on.

This year’s edition features 21 hours of movies during the 3 days, special projections & panoramas and concerts. Each festival day includes one digital movie competition (fiction, animation or micromovie), with entrances from 20 different countries – over 160 movies, many of which are presented for the first time in Romania. You can get an idea of what the films will look like in the Films page

The festival’s soundtrack is powered by two Romanian indie bands – Les Elephants Bizarres and Scout Astray, who will perform on the first evening of the festival – read more on the Concerts page. The concerts will include spectacular combinations of live performance, digital music instruments and visuals.

So, meet you at Kinofest! And hurry up to catch the discounts!

See the selected films for the 3 competitions: Fiction, Animation and Micromovie

Hooray! We’ve just finished selecting the films for the 3 Kinofest competitions. During the past 9 months, over 400 films from around the world (20 countries, that is) were submitted to us, so the selection wasn’t exactly an easy job – in the end, we have carefully picked just 163 films to enter the competitions.
And here are the numbers: 30 films in the Fiction competition, 82 in the Animation competition and 54 in the shortmovie competitions. Many of them have already won important prizes at various international film festivals, and, again, many of them are Romanian premieres.
So don’t just sit here reading this, see the final list now!

Important news! 9 more days to get your film done at the AVON Movie for Life

Based on your feedback, we have extended the deadline for the AVON Movie for Life short film competition. This gives you 9 more days to work your film out to perfection – that should help the many of you out there who have requested this to get your movie done and sent. But please – don’t put things off for the last night before the deadline.
Also, we have put a stronger focus on the premiere of your films: first, they will be presented right on the big screen, on October 22, at The Light Cinema, during the Movie for Life Day of Kinofest. The audience will vote live, along with the professional jury (each will count separately). Only after that, from 23 October 23 to 31 October, the general public will get to vote your short films, on the official Avon official channel on YouTube.
We are have just updated this throughout the site, so, if you happen to find it mentioned differently elsewhere, just remember this as the final deadline: 20 October. Go!

The tickets are now available!

Great news, the tickets have just been put on sale in selected Diverta shops and will soon be available online, at and at The Light Cinema.
Read more about the location, tickets and pricing on our dedicated page, right here. And get them while they’re hot!

Only one week left to save a life with 25 frames/second

Let us remind you that this is the last week of the AVON Movie for Life Competition. So get your films finished and send them to us via or regular post mail.
Or, if you have just found out the news about this competition, and you can move really quick, you still have time to start your film now and finish it by Sunday midnight. May the muses be with you!