In 2011, the Cineremember Foundation came back to Bucharest by the beginning of winter, with an almost nonexistent budget, but with lots of enthusiasm to kick off the third edition. The Film for Fun Festival 3rd edition took place between the 2nd and 4th of December 2011, at the Eforie Cinematheque, where film lovers were awaited with short, medium-length and feature-length movies, advertising spots, stand-up comedy and 2 workshops.
Andrew J. Ward, a British sound engineer with a vast expertise in the field, has worked in the best sound studios in London. During his 17 years career, Ward collaborated with famous artists such as Craig David, Faithless, Dido, Orbital, Kylie Minogue, Baz Luhrmann. Now a Professor at SAE, Ward shared his knowledge in the art of sound within a workshop he held in the first day of the festival.
Considering we had decided to ignore the financial crisis, even if only for a few days, we dedicated the first evening of the festival to marriage problems, which are universal. So we invited our audience to watch a comedy made by the brothers Bobby and Peter Farrelly, HALL PASS. The two brothers are acclaimed for their box office productions, and the film of the first evening of the festival had an impressive cast: Owen Wilson, Christina Applegate, Jason Sudeikis and Jenna Fischer.
Throughout the festival, film lovers had the chance to see recent Romanian films, such as Nuntă în Basarabia (Director: Nap Toader), in the presence of the director and the leading actor Vlad Logigan, The concert (directed by Radu Mihăileanu) and some popular shorts and medium-length films, such as The yellow smiley face (directed by Constantin Popescu Jr.), Stuck on Christmas (directed by Iulia Rugină) and Strung Love (directed by Victor Dragomir).
The last evening of the festival began with a workshop on advertising held by Bogdan Naumovici, followed by a stand-up comedy show with Mihai Bobonete (Bobo), known to the public for his shows at Café Deko and his starring in the series Vine poliția and other projects like Made in Romania or Țaca-Paca. The program continued with the screening of the most awarded advertising spots of the previous 10 years, the film The concert, directed by Radu Mihăileanu, and a cocktail.
Special guests included Manuela Hărăbor, Cătălina Mustață, Magda Catone, Daniela Nane, Eugen Cristea, Mihai Bobonete, Bogdan Naumovici and many others.
The festival took place within the following schedule:
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
17.30 – 18.30 Andrew James Ward Workshop
19.00 – 19.30 Festival opening presented by Manuela Hărăbor and Shonn Gregory
19.30 – 21.15 Screening of Hall Pass, directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly (duration 105 minutes)
21.30 – 21.55 Screening of Zbor deasupra unui cuib de curci, directed by Ovidiu Georgescu (duration 24 minutes)
22.00 – 22.15 Screening of The Photograph, directed by Victor Dragomir (duration 15 minutes)
22.15 – 23.00 Cocktail
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
19.00 – 20.35 Screening of Nuntă în Basarabia, directed by Nap Toader (duration 92 minutes)
20.45 – 21.10 Screening of Strung Love, directed by Victor Dragomir (duration 18 minutes)
21.15 – 21.30 Screening of The yellow smiley face, directed by Constantin Popescu Jr. (duration 15 minutes)
21.35 – 22.15 Screening of Stuck on Christmas, directed by Iulia Rugină (duration 39 minutes)
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
18.00 – 19.00 Bogdan Naumovici Workshop
19.00 – 19.30 Stand-up comedy with Mihai Bobonete (Bobo)
19.30 – 20.30 Screening of the best Romanian advertising spots from the previos 10 years
20.30 – 22.30 Screening of Le Concert, directed by Radu Mihăileanu (duration 119 minutes)
22.30 – 23.00 Cocktail