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The Romanian Film Promotion Association is the founder of the Romanian film industry Awards - The GOPOS. Supported by the Romanian Film Centre and Babel Communications, this annual event is meant to reward the best Romanian contemporary filmmakers, as well as to pay a tribute to domestic film industry legends.


56 titles and a Prestigious Jury for Gopo Awards 2011

At the 5th edition of Gopo Awards, a record number of 56 films were subscribed: 18 feature films, 10 documentaries and 30 shorts, Romanian productions and co-productions released in 2010, have entered the race for the 2011 Gopo nominations.

Amongst the narrative features eligible are those films which have kept the Romanian Cinematography in the spotlight of international film festivals and critics during 2010: When I want to whistle, I whistle, Florin Şerban’s debut awarded with Jury Grand Prix- Silver Bear and the Alfred Bauer Prize at Berlin 2010; The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu, by Andrei Ujică (Cannes 2010 – Official selection, out of competition) and Kapitalism – Our improved formula (d. Alexandru Solomon), which are eligible for both Feature and Documentary category, Tuesday, after Christmas (Un Certain Regard- Cannes 2010) directed by Radu Muntean, the winner of 2009 Gopo Award for Best director (Boogie); First of all Felicia (d. Răzvan Rădulescu and Melissa de Raaf), multiple TIFF 2010 winner (Best acting-Ozana Oancea, Best script – Melissa de Raaf, Răzvan Rădulescu, Romanian Days Award for Best debut - Ozana Oancea); Medal of Honor, by Peter Calin Netzer (The Special Jury Award, Best Script, Best Actor, ETEKT, Technical Excellence Award, FIPRESCI Award- Thessaloniki IFF 2009) and Portrait Of The Fighter As A Young Man (r. Constantin Popescu Jr.), selected in the Forum section at Berlinale 2010.

The Shukar Collective Project (d. Matei-Alexandru Mocanu), Happy Circus, the third documentary of director Claudiu Mitcu, nominated at Gopo Awards 2010 for Australia, Stone memory (d. Iosif Demian), Victoria (d. Adi Voicu, Ana Vlad) and Quest (d. Ionuţ Piţurescu), awarded with the prize of the Society of Film Makers at the section „Quinzaine des Realisateurs” of the Cannes Film Festival 2010 are some of the films subscribed at Documentary Category.

For Best Short Film’s nominations are competing films which have already obtained international recognition such as 15 July (d. Cristi Iftime), selected in Berlinale Shorts section- Berlin 2011, The cage (awarded at Berlin 2010 and Romanian Days- TIFF 2010), and Lord, both directed by  Adrian Sitaru; Stuck on Christmas (d. Iulia Rugină), winner of Best Director Award at The Student Film Festival- Poitiers, Derby, by Paul Negoescu (Berlinale Shorts- 2010) or Music in the Blood (d. Alexandru Mavrodineanu, Short Film Competition-Clermont-Ferrand) and also promissing debuts, such as 10, directed by Dorian Boguţă.

Also, competing for this years nominations at Best Short Film are the animations Matei, Matei, by Cecilia Felméri, the winner of Best Romanian Award at Anim’est 2010, Grand Café (d. Bogdan Mihăilescu) and Summer '99 Mega-Hits (d. Liviu Bărbulescu, Alina Manolache) and the documentaries Rebel, Rebel (d. Alexandru Belc, Mihai Baumann) and The Kites  (d. Vlad Ilicevici, Andrei Tănase). 

The nominations for all categories will be established by a jury comprised of 11 members (film critics, filmmakers): Dan Alexandru- director of photography, Sinişa Dragin- director, Florin Iepan – director, Medeea Marinescu- actress, Gabi Antal- producer and film critics Florin Barbu, Tudor Caranfil, Mihai Chirilov (the artistic director of Transilvania International Film Festival), Florentina Ciuverca.

The nominations will be announced on February 21, during a press conference. After the announcements, over 400 Romanian filmmakers will have the chance of voting for their favorites, online or by post, thanks to a voting system created by the global professional services firm .PricewaterhouseCoopers,

Gopo Awards is organized by Romanian Film Promotion, with the support of Babel Communications and The National Center of Cinematography.