FILM+ Virtual Bootcamp 2020


We joyfully remember the FILM + #VirtualBootcamp experience of 2020, when the representatives of the 16 projects selected in the 5th edition of the FILM + program took part in individual mentorship sessions, tailored work sessions (Work in Progress Lab, Production Lab, Development Lab, Film + Expanded) and general tutoring sessions.

A big thank you to Laura Grigoriu for helping us with the #MakingOf video.

Warm regards and good luck wishes for all our participants! We are so happy we had the chance to meet & guide out participants to achieving their dreams. It was also a wonderful thing for us to see the appealing interest for documentaries rise at this edition!

  •  Projects from Bulgaria: “Voev: Greetings to the Gods” (documentary, by Biljana Kirilova and Neda Milanova, Work in Progress Lab), “Everything Tastes Strange Today” (short fiction, directed by Kristina Spassovska, Production Lab) and “Us” (short fiction, directed by Kosta Karakashyan, Development Lab).
  • Projects from Moldova: “Block 2” (documentary feature film, directed by Alexandr Dzechis, Work in Progress Lab), “Time Travel – From Bonn to Speia” (documentary feature film, by Dumitru Grosei and Arcadie Plăcintă, Work in Progress Lab), “Maturity Lesson”(fiction feature film, directed by Eugeniu Bocancea, Development Lab).
  • Projects from Romania: “The Man and His Shadow” (documentary feature film, directed by Dragos Hanciu, Work in Progress Lab), “5000 KM” (documentary feature film, directed by Paul Chirilă, Production Lab), “The Way of the Dragon” (fiction short film, directed by Monica Stan, Production Lab), “Are there the stars out tonight?” (fiction short film, directed by Andrei Răuțu, Production Lab), “Toma and his friends” (fiction short film, directed by Alex Mircioi, Development Lab), “The calm of a winter morning” (fiction short film, directed by Vasile Todincă, Development Lab), “Cut It” (fiction short film, directed by Sorin Poamă, Development Lab) and “Tender is the Night ”(fiction feature film, directed by Elena Morar, FILM + Expanded).
  • Projects from Serbia: “Last Call” (fiction short film, by Hayat Aljowaily and Kaja Grujic, Production Lab) and “Worlds Apart” (short film fiction, directed by Tamara Brocic, Development Lab).

The online tutors who joined the Film+ #VirtualBootcamp are: Alexander Nanau and Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan (documentary filmmakers); Ada Solomon and Anamaria Antoci (producers); Alex Trăilă (audiovisual consultant), Ana Draghici (cinematographer); Adrian Sitaru, Tudor Cristian Jurgiu and Paul Negoescu (directors); Roxana Szel, Alexandru Radu and Andrei Gorgan (editors).

16 projects from 4 countries, selected in the FILM + 2020-2021 program

FILM + announces the participants of the fifth edition, following the open call for projects submitted this summer.

From the 108 projects proposed by filmmakers from Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Serbia, 16 projects were selected for this edition, of which: five documentary feature films, two fiction feature films and nine fiction short films.

Representatives of selected projects from Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Serbia will meet in October in Bucharest, depending on the situation in Romania related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a residence including masterclasses, individual guidance sessions , laboratories, followed by the establishment of the work schedule for each project, tailored to their needs. The work program of the fifth edition of FILM+ will also include, in the first part of 2021, working sessions in Chișinău, Belgrade and Sofia.

The projects selected for the 5th edition of Film + are:

Work in Progress:

  1. Dragoș Hanciu – The Man and His Shadow, ROMANIA, documentary feature
  2. Biljana Kirilova & Neda Milanova Voev – Greetings to the Gods, BULGARIA documentary feature
  3. Alexandr Dzechis  – Blocul 2, MOLDOVA, documentary feature;
  4. Dumitru Grosei & Arcadie Plăcintă – Călătorie în timp de la Bonn la Speia, MOLDOVA, documentary feature.


  1. Paul Chirilă – 5000KM, ROMÂNIA, documentary feature
  2. Hayat Aljowaily și Kaja Grujic – Last Call, SERBIA, fiction short
  3. Monica Stan – Drumul Dragonului, ROMÂNIA, fiction short
  4. Andrei Răuțu – Se văd stelele în noaptea asta?, ROMÂNIA, fiction short
  5. Kristina Spassovska – Everything Tastes Strange Today, BULGARIA, fiction short


  1. Eugeniu Bocancea  – Lecție de maturitate, MOLDOVA, fiction feature
  2. Tamara Brocic – Worlds Apart, SERBIA, fiction short
  3. Kosta Karakashyan – Us, BULGARIA, fiction short
  4. Alex Mircioi – Toma și prietenii lui, ROMÂNIA, fiction short
  5. Vasile Todincă – Calmul unei dimineți de iarnă, ROMÂNIA – fiction short
  6. Sorin Poamă – Cut It, ROMÂNIA, fiction short

FILM+ Expanded: Elena Morar – Tender is the Night, ROMÂNIA, fiction short

FILM + HIGHLIGHTS at Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca

FILM + presented the highlights of the program in a special meeting during the Romanian Days section of TIFF 2020, on August 6th, from 5PM, at CASA TIFF.

Ana Drăghici, cinematographer, Anamaria Antoci, producer, Paul Negoescu, director and Alex Trăilă, cinema consultant, the FILM+ co-founders, took part in a Q&A session with the audience interested in finding out more about the alternative means of support for independent productions from Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria and Serbia.

FILM PLUS Work in Progress LAB talents presented their projects online, during Sofia Meetings!



The FILM + Work in Progress LAB talents have presented their projects during Sofia Meetings, a prestigious professional event dedicated to the independent European film industry. The event was held online on Festival Scope from May 27th to May 31st.

Sofia Meetings is a co-production market with a Works in Progress section which has the mission to increase the exposure of European films and talents and support promising European projects along with developing a space for networking within the A/V industry. Sofia Meetings is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union, Bulgarian National Film Center, Sofia Municipality and Ministry of Culture.

The four films presented by the FILM + participants are:

  • “Spring Song” (Serbia, feature film) – Natalija Avramovic

  • “Scene logăneștene” (Moldova/România, feature film) – Nicolae Gaburici

  • “Lament for the Silent Fool” (Bulgaria, feature film) – Dimitar Kutmanov

  • “Everything For Riana” (Romania, documentary) – Mihai Gavril Dragolea

Our team is ready for the web & pop up sessions, set for March 1st, 2020 @ Jugoslav Film Archive (room 2).

  • The Film + participants are invited to a Mentoring session with Ivana Mladenovic (room 1, 09:30 – 17:00).
  • The public is invited to an introductory session with Alex Traila, from 11:00, followed by a presentation on Film financing, sources of finance, film markets (12:00 – 12:30, room 2).

Ivana Mladenovic (1984, Serbia) studied Law in Belgrade and then moved to Romania where she studied film directing at the National School of Film and Theatre (UNATC) in Bucharest, receiving both her BA and MA.
Her short student films were shown and awarded at various film festivals around the world. In 2012, Mladenovic’ first feature-length documentary Turn Off the Lights premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Documentary and Gopo Award for Best Romanian Documentary. In 2016 she made her debut as an actress in Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts.
“Soldier. Story from Ferentari”/ “Soldații. Poveste din Ferentari” (2017) is her first fiction feature, and “Ivana the Terrible”/ “Ivana cea Groaznică” her second feature, awarded in 2019 at Locarno with Filmmakers of the Present Special Jury Award.

Alex Trăilă (1984, Romania) is a film industry consultant.
He holds a diploma in cinematography and has followed multiple trainings and workshops on creative producing, mentoring and marketing. For the past years he was involved in the most relevant regional film industry platforms focused on Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and founded several other initiatives. He works as an expert for the European Audiovisual Observatory, the European Commision, is the Romanian national representative at Eurimages and associated professor at National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest.