Saving the Film Warehouse in Cluj-Napoca is one of the first steps of our Save the Big Screen (Salvati Marele Ecran) campaign created by the organisers of the Transilvania IFF.
Salvați the Big Screen plans to take the first step towards creating a film museum in Cluj-Napoca. Cluj could become the first city in Romania establishing a film museum, which would be a first of its kind initiative in Romania. Today, the Film Warehouse is a degraded space which can return to the community under the form of a Film Museum.
At the beginning of the 1990's there were approximately 450 cinemas in Romania. Today, less than 30 survived.
In the past 20 years, more than 400 local cinemas disappeared of Romania's cultural map, being trasnformed in supermarkets, bingo halls, warehouses, churches, restaurants or were abandoned. The lack of interest on behalf of local authorities led to the present situation.
Along with transforming the Film Warehouse in Cluj-Napoca, Save our Big Screen includes other two components. The first is an online platform - www.salvatimareleecran.ro that offers an image of the local cinemas that are state property.
A second element of this campaign is the conference Save the Big Screen (Cluj-Napoca, May 31), as part of the Transilvania IFF. The conference aims to create a connection between local authorities and cultural managers for creating a cinema network.
Help us change the face of the Film Warehouse and offer the people of Cluj-Napoca a space for screening the latest Romanian films but also important European productions.
Save the Big Screen campaign debuted in March and already launched www.sașvatimareleecran.ro website that aims to create a complete map of the Romanian local cinemas open at the beginning of the 1990's. This campaign will bring together during Transilvania IFF local and national decision makers than can still save local cinemas. They will be presented successful projects form other European countries and they will also have the opportunity to find out more about financing the process of cinema digitisation in order to keep up with technological evolution.
Part of an agreement with Cluj-Napoca Local Council, the warehouse will be cleaned before the start of the 13th edition of Transilvania IFF (May 30 - June 8).
At the present time we're preparing the Film Warehouse to host several screenings and special events during this year's edition of Transilvania IFF in order to emphasize the situation of local cinemas in Romania but also to offer solutions for bringing local cinemas in the digital era.
In order to do that we need to clean the space, to enclose it and redesign it in order for the Film Warehouse will become a film screening area but also a leisure zone in a visual art promoting environment. That is why we need your help to raise the necessary funds for purchasing all the materials needed for the above mentioned actions but also a projector, a screen, a sound system but also a number of seats so that we will provide the citizens of Cluj-Napoca with a proper space for film screenings.
The project team is based on the core of the organising team of Transilvania IFF (www.tiff.ro). This team is lead by producer and director Tudor Giurgiu and puts to use the experience of several important national and international cultural events such as the Gopo Awards (www.premiilegopo.ro), The White Night of Romanian Films, Operation Kino project (together with Sofia IFF, Sarajevo IFF and Istanbul IFF), "FULL MOON" Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (www.fullmoonfestival.ro), EducaTIFF as well as many others.
Our plan is to collect the necessary funding for cleaning and set up the former Film Warehouse in Cluj-Napoca and we're hoping to do so with your help. Maybe it's time to understand that a city is not only the sum of its boulevards and buildings but a community and a space in which we should assume the values as well as the urban defeats, contributing in our own way to how Cluj-Napoca is perceived from a cultural point of view. The Film Warehouse is not just a dot on a map, an abandoned place but a space that we're all responsible for. The lack of uunderstanding this is our greatest threat.
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