Transylvania Cinema Awards is a film competition with two seasonal events, reuniting cinema enthousiasts in the heart of Transylvania, Romania. The goal is to design a space where innovation and creativity fusion in order to deliver the best result to a new public.

We create an opportunity for filmmakers to get their films judged and let them compete with other filmmakers. We perform a comprehensive evaluation process and the jury of film professionals will only select high quality films. The festival will welcome all genres of films from all over the world. We expect to receive films with courage, unique voices and messages and a strong personal mark.
The competition is structured on two seasons, WINTER and SUMMER, with an official screening event per each season. The best films from each category will be screened on the most beautiful venue of Targu Mures, a charming old city in Transylvania, Cinema Arta, a place with longstanding tradition for film lovers.
Cinema Arta has 3 screening rooms with a total of 340 seat capacity. Films can be screened in 2D/3D/DCI with Dolby Digital Sound.

For filmmakers who want to attend the January event, the cinema is located in P-ta Trandafirilor nr. 35-37, Targu Mures, jud. Mures, 540049, Romania. For event tickets and bookings please contact us in advance.
The ucoming Official Screening will be held on November 22-24th 2018. Winners will be notified and published on the official site and social media pages of the festival after the screenings.


There are 6 nominations for ‘Transylvania Cinema Award’, per short, featurette and feature films and 3 nominations for each of the ‘Category/Individual’ Awards.

TRANSYLVANIA CINEMA AWARD, Best Short-Film, Featurette, Feature Film and the Audience Award will each receive a TCA Custom Trophy along with Professional Film Review and Award Certificates.

All category/individual winners and nominees will receive Award Certificates along with TCA Laurels stating their performance in the festival.

Category awards

Transylvania Cinema Award

Best short film

Best featurette film

Best feature film

Audience Award

Best student film

Best experimental

Best documentary

Best music video

Best trailer

Individual awards

Best director

Best screenplay

Best actor

Best actress

Best editor

Best cinematography

Best original score

Submission information

We prefer online screeners, digital copies, or a link to an online video (such as YouTube or Vimeo). Please include a valid password if required. We will not accept films with poor quality standard(lack of sound quality, absence of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD)

Films selected for the Official Screening will need to provide download link or a full quality 1080p/DCP file/35mm/Blu-ray/DVD no later than 1 week prior to the festival screening.
You are entitled to a maximum amount of two entries per edition . Each must be submitted with its own entry form and fee. The entry will be considered eligible in the next edition only if the film was not awarded in the previous one.
Entry fee is non-refundable.

Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles. ALL films selected for the Official Screening will need to provide English subtitles no later than 1 week prior to the festival screening.

The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.

Transylvania Cinema Awards reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or festival scheduling.
Filmmaker agrees that films entered into the festival may be selected for screening at the festival and may also be screened in other media in association with the promotion of the film festival.

Film Length:

Feature - Any narrative film between 60 minutes and 180 minutes length
Featurette - Any narrative film up between 35 and 60 minutes length.
Short - Any narrative film 35 minutes and less

Films selected in the festival will be notified according to the Notification Date published on the platform.

Terms and conditions

Festival does not deal with any copyright issues. All copyright issues should be resolved by the film authors.
Filmmakers and screenwriters retain 100% all of the rights to their projects and materials that they submit to Transylvania Cinema Awards.
Submitter grants the festival the right to screen his film if selected in the Official Competition. If selected by the Festival, filmmakers grant the festival the right to have elements used for promotional purposes for the Festival, and/or its partners and submitter grants the rights to use captions, photographic stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.


Transylvania Cinema Awards aims to enhance the potential of completed art works of generating even better new projects. Through the expertise of our film specialists, we offer filmmakers the possibility to receive a detailed feedback on their film. The film review will be promoted through our official platform and social media channels, helping your work reach a larger public. The price for the professional film review is available in the platform price list, which includes the entry fee to Transylvania Cinema Awards Official Competition.
Transylvania Cinema Awards runs a screenplay competition twice a year, parallel with the Official Film Competition. Available exclusively through FilmFreeway, we welcome screenplays of any genre, up to 120 pages. The entry fee to the screenplay competition is non-refundable. We also offer the option to receive a professional review on your screenplay by our specialists, entry fee to the competion included.

There will be quarter finalists, semifinalists and finalists out of which a winner, a runner-up and a second runner-up will be designated. The winner will receive laurels, an award certificate and our custom Transylvania Cinema Awards Trophy.

Event Venue Location
Cinema Arta has 3 screening rooms with a total of 340 seat capacity. Films can be screened in 2D/3D/DCI with Dolby Digital Sound.
For filmmakers who want to attend the event, the cinema is located in P-ta Trandafirilor nr. 35-37, Targu Mures, jud. Mures, 540049, Romania. For event tickets and bookings please contact us in advance.

Overall Rating
  • Nasser Aldhaheri

    It is great festival.. it z my honor to participating in this festival.. thank you very much ended

    September 2017
  • Anthony Nion

    This festival is not professional at all, they wrote me my movie has been selected and will be screened five days later ! So i must send them my movie very fast and of course, it was very late to could travel and attend the screening. Then, they never give me any updates about the festival and they didn't announce on Internet their lineup for the screening. So i think it is just a online festival and that my movie has not been screened

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Anthony,

    We would love to get in touch with you personally, to discuss about this matter. Your film was screened in January 2017 in Targu Mures, Transylvania, as part of your participation in the Official Selection and the Official Screenings list. We can guarantee that the festival took place, you can check photos from screenings on the following link:
    Also, here you have a news&press page, with media coverage that can, once again, prove the fact that we have screenings:
    Having a inaugural edition in January, we did not have budget to invite filmmakers to the screenings, but the purpose of the festival is to showcase independent content to public, offering you at the same time opportunities to promote your film. Please send us an email in order to explain you in a more detailed manner the ways we can promote your film as part of your participation in the Transylvania Cinema Awards Competition !

  • Artem Makarevich

    Great festival with interesting program. Thank you for wonderful communication, i'll do my best to go to the festival's next edition if my new work will be selected. I think that kind of festivals is the future for filmmakers.

    June 2017
  • Marie Ullrich

    Update June 2017: I had a phone call from the festival director, who was extremely kind and very apologetic. He let me know that the festival's website had been hacked. They removed their listing temporarily from FilmFreeway for everyone's safety, and they were unable to get emails to me during that period. After reading my original review (below), he decided to call me from Romania. He apologized profusely for the lack of communication, which was entirely due to the hack. They were very sorry that they couldn't screen my film in the last edition, but they will screen it October. They offered to refund my entry fee for the inconvenience. I hope to attend the festival in October.

    Original review: I was notified as having been selected, but have not heard from the festival since then. I've tried emailing them and messaging them through their website, and still no response. It's a disappointment.

    April 2017
  • Pascal Gélinas

    The jury has judged tha t my film A Bridge Between Two worlds has courage, a unique voice and message, and a strong personal mark. It is a great honor for me. I would like so much to be in Romania for the screening, and to discover this great festival. Maybe someday...

    January 2017