Ro-IFF 2015 Trophy goes to Armenia!

The Jury announced the winners 

Bucharest, September 1st 2015 – The eleventh edition of Romania International Film Festival (Ro-IFF) is again divided in two stages. Between the 19th and 30th of August 2015 it took place in Vama Veche at Amfiteatru – La Pescarie. The second stage of the festival will take place in Bucharest between the 19th and 25th of October. 


The jury panel of Ro-IFF 2015, formed by Philip Bergson, Kenith Trodd and Adrian Popovici, have announced the winners of this year’s edition of the Festival.


Shirel Amitay was awarded the Special Jury Prize for the film ‘ATLIT’, ‘for the lively story of three sisters whom reach peace regarding the inheritance that their parents have left them in Israel, although the ghosts of the past are still scaring them’. 

The trophy for ‘Best Director’ of the CineBlackSea section was awarded to Antonyi Donchev for the film ‘The Woman of my Life’ for ‘the beautiful way in which he told a story about love and espionage that passes many borders’. 

Nigina Sayfullaeva received the trophy for ‘Best Director’ in the Woman in Cinema section for the film ‘Name Me’ for ‘the extremely credible portrait of two teenage girls wanting a man in their life but also frightened, they push him away’. 

The Trophy for ‘Best Acting’ goes to the actress Mari Kitia for the role of Nutsa in the film ‘Brides’ for ‘the subtle and emotional portrayal of a young woman who tries to handle the pressure of Georgia’s judicial system that separates her from her husband and which ultimately brings her closer in a tragic ending’. 

This year for the first time, the Ro-IFF Trophy goes to Armenia. ‘Tevanik’ directed by Jivan Avetysian was considered the best film of the competition. The jury’s motivation was simple and comprehensive: ‘For the way he successfully portrayed the impact that the war had upon the civilians of a small and isolated village’.

With the award ceremony over, the first part of the festival has come to an end. Ro-IFF 2015 will continue in October at Cinema Union in Bucharest where we hope to find an audience as eager to see great films as the audience in Vama Veche. 

Romania International Film Festival is the only festival that promotes East-European filmmakers from the countries around the Black Sea (in the competition CineBlackSea) and also the only one in Romania that has a competitive section reserved for women filmmakers (Woman in Cinema). Ro-IFF joins all those who have joined their voices and actions to aid the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, detained by Russian security (FSB) in May 2014. 

The ones making this edition possible are, the National Centre of Cinematography and National Archive of Films – Romanian Film Library (institutional partners). Other partners and sponsors include: Zizin,, Cramele Basilescu, DHL – logistic partner. Ro-IFF Festival is recommended by Prima TV and Kiss FM. Online media partner: Other online partners:, Concerte,, PRwave, iconcert, Radio Lynx, Metropotam, vinşieu, 

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Romania International Film Festival (Ro-IFF), organized by the Pro Film Ro-IFF and Artis Foundation, is at the eleventh edition. Founded in 2005, Ro-IFF is the only international film festival which from the beginning addressed productions from the Black Sea countries (Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Romania). Initially the festival was reserved for these productions, but the festival expanded and in 2009 it was added a new competitive section, dedicated to the Woman-director / Women in Cinema. Details on

Artis Foundation and the ProFilm Ro-IFF Association, as a main objective, support and promote culture, young people working in the field of culture (including young filmmakers), distribution and promotion of the values ​​of European cinema and the cinemas in the Black Sea region, an area with a diverse culture and a great creative potential.