Bay Area Film Festival


The Sixth Edition of the Romanian Film Festival and Discussion Forum will take place

April 20-25. This year’s theme is entitled:


Stanford: April 20, Language Corner, Building 420-040 (Jordan Hall) (Map).

San Francisco State University: April 21, 22 August Coppola Theatre. (map)

UC Los Angeles: April 21, 322 Humanities Building

Stanford: April 23 Bishop Auditorium, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford Univ., CA 94305 (map)

UC Berkeley: April 24, 105 North Gate Hall, UC Berkeley  (map)

San Francisco Art Institute: April 25, San Francisco Art Institute, Studio 8,

800 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)


Stanford, California, April 11, 2017 – The 6th Annual Romanian Film Festival at Stanford, UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, with additional screenings at University of California Los Angeles and San Francisco Art Institute, centers on the theme “DILLEMAS, DECISIONS, DESTINIES” with a selection of films focusing on history, humor and events that continue to shape the contemporary filmmaking landscape. Some of the programed films are first major works, while others represent established artists. Every year these filmmakers continue to make their mark on the international stage by garnering acclaim for their bold and exceptional storytelling.

The festival presents Cristian Mungiu’s rite of passage fable “Graduation”, Best Director winner at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Bogdan Mirica’s psychological thriller “Dogs”, winner of FIPRESCI AWARD at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Radu Jude’s sardonic, ironic and cruel (w)eastern “Aferim”, Silver Bear for Best Director at 2015 Berlin Film Festival, Romanian-French co-production “The Fixer” by Adrian Sitaru, “Double”, Catrinel Danaiata’s film directorial debut and Paul Negoescu’s low-budget comedy of character “Two Lottery Tickets” based on Ioan Luca Caragiale’s short story.

The Romanian film festival continues its series of interdisciplinary and comparative discussions on the realities of Eastern Europe in today’s increasingly globalized world.  Audiences are invited to reflect upon key moments during pre and post-1945 European history from Romania’s filmmaker’s perspective. The audience is welcomed to attend the screening of the following documentary films: Sinisa Dragin’s Romanian-Serbian co-production of “The Forrest” about past presidents, paintings and problems that ensue; and Claudiu Mitcu’s “The Network” about chemotherapy drug “smugglers.”

The audience will have a unique opportunity to:

  • hear from our special guests, directors Bagdan Mirica, and actors Adrian Titieni, Silver Hugo, Best Actor, Chicago International Film Festival 2016
  • Maria Dinulescu, during our Q&As and roundtables/panel discussions.
  • view the Poster Exhibit: students from “Nicolae Tonitza” High School, Bucharest under the guidance of art professor Gavril Kovacs created original posters that illustrate this year’s theme:  DILLEMAS, DECISIONS, DESTINIES

Also attending:

  • Jeff Penington, Executive Director of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley
  • Steve Kovacs, Professor of Cinema, San Francisco State University
  • Cosana Eram, Assistant Professor, Modern Language and Literature, University of The Pacific
  • Maria Teodora Comsa, Lecturer in French, Stanford University
  • Camelia Skikos, Designer/Professor of Fashion Design, AAU San Francisco
  • Ioanida Costache, PhD Candidate, Musicology, Stanford University

The event is presented by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at Stanford University (CREEES), the Special Language Program, Stanford University (SLP), the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California Berkeley (ISEEES) and Department of Cinema, San Francisco State University, in conjunction with the Europe Center, Stanford University and  the Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures, San Francisco Art Institute, University of California Los AngelesThe Center for European and Eurasian Studies, University of California Los Angeles, The Romanian Student Club, University of California Los Angeles, the “Nicolae Tonitza” High School, Bucharest, Romania, Fundatia Semn, Romania, with additional support from the Honorary Consulate of Romania in San Francisco, Dana Beldiman – Honorary Consul General, George Roth – Honorary Consul,  Allan B. Cruse – Professor Emeritus University of San Francisco,  Casa Romana – Bay Area Romanian Community, Recognos Inc., , Romanian Startups, and sponsored by the Romanian Cultural Institute, New York.

For a complete list of films, special guests, sponsors, events and up to date information please visit the festival’s webpage:


Laura Toma,

Florentina Mocanu,

Additional links:  Facebook: Twitter:!/rofilmfest