HyperFest International Student Film Festival kicks off at Europa cinema hall in Bucharest

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The short film "Un cartus de Kent si un pachet de cafea" Coffee and Cigarettes) directed by Cristi Puiu on Friday officially opened the 16th edition of the HyperFest International Student Film Festival at Europa cinema hall in Bucharest.

"We hope to see beautiful things only. One of the pleasures of a festival comes from this hope.(...) A festival gives us hope, especially to those who are now making a first attempt in the field of filmmaking, and maybe some of them will be the great masters of tomorrow who will delight us, embellish our free time, give us new food for thought and, more or less, internal reflections," the festival's chair, Chancellor of the Hyperion University Sever Spanulescu, told the opening of the festival.

He said he expects the students who signed up for the festival to "live up to their talent."

"We expect these young people to live up to their talent and work, because this is a very complex art that requires both sides ... They have talent because they have been selected through an admission contest, but without much working talent is scattered, so we expect them to live up to their talent through working," Spanulescu told AGERPRES.

This year's edition of HyperFest will have international jury members for the first time. Also a first at HyperFest 2017 will be existence of two jury panel — one of critics and another one of the festival.

The critics' jury will include Manuela Cernat (film critic, scientist and university professor), Mihai Fulger (journalist, film critic and selector) and Andreea Berechet (film critic).

The short films presented to the public will be judged by a jury composed of Andrea de Sica (Italian director and writer); Enrico Vannucci (short film specialist, member of the Venice Film Festival), who this summer gave a masterclass called "About Shorts" at the Hyperion Faculty of Arts; Dorothea Petre (actress);Barbu Balasoiu (director of photography), and Ana Ularu (actress).

"I want to discover young and talented young people. Both points of view are selfish: that of the filmmaker, who wants to see good movies, and that of the professional who wants to still profit from a good generation and possibly future talented collaborators," Ana Ularu told AGERPRES.

On the first day of the festival, the first two batches of short films in the competition were projected. The evening ended with a presentation of Nae Caranfil's film "6,9 pe scara Richter" (6.9 on the Richter Scale).

The HyperFest International Student Film Festival takes place throughout October 31 at Europa cinema hall, bringing to the audience over 100 short films from 25 countries.

During the five-day festival, a series of innovative acting and writing master classes and workshops will be organised, to be given by director Cristi Puiu, actor Adrian Titieni and acting coach Nicoleta Ciobanu.

Also shown at the festival will be the feature films "I Figli della Notte" (Children of the Night) directed by Andrea de Sica; "Vara s-a sfarsit" (Summer is over) directed by Radu Potcoava; "Breaking News" directed by Iulia Rugina, and "Un pas in urma serafimilor" (One Step Behind the Seraphim) directed by Daniel Sandu.

The National News Agency AGERPRES, which is the main media partner of the festival, will present, on the last day of the event, its documentary "Taramul dintre ape" (The Realm Between Waters).

Admission to all the films in the festival is free. AGERPRES (RO — author: Petronius Craiu, editor: Claudia Stanescu; EN — author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu)

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