For almost one week (November 22-27) the capital of Romania hosted the first festival dedicated entirely to the comedy films, Bucharest Best Comedy Film.
The selection of the festival included 10 comedy films from all over the world - USA, England, Israel, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Argentina, Singapore, Russia; many of them were screened for the first time in the Romania. The films that were presented covered most of the comedy genres: black comedy, fantasy comedy, historical comedy, social comedy, political comedy, drama comedy, thriller comedy, author comedy and last, but not least, romantic comedy.
The jury gave the Best Foreign Comedy Film Award to the Israeli production Tel Aviv on Fire
, directed by Sameh Zoabi. The award was presented by the president of the jury, Irina Margareta Nistor.
The Best Romanian Comedy Film Award was received by The Silent Wedding / Nunta mută
, directed by Horațiu Mălăele
. The award was given by the actor and director George Mihăiță
12 masterclasses and two workshops destined to the comedy films were included in the programme of the first edition of the Bucharest Best Comedy Film Festival took place from November 23 to 26, 2019, in Bucharest, at Arcub. The masterclasses were held by Antonio Flamini, Phil
Hughes, Claudio Bucci, Liza Reichardt, Martino Zaidelis, Steve Coombes, Nadia Kibout, Vanessa Tonnini, Irina Malcea, Cristina Cepraga. The two workshops for the comedy screenwriters and actors were coordinated by Christian Routh and Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey.
The “Best Future Blockbuster” Award was given to Alberto Niculae for the short film screenplay Silent Night. The winning screenplay was selected out of the 8 projects submitted to the “Comedy Screenplay” workshop held by Christian Routh.
The Award for the important contribution brought to the European cinema was given to the director Radu Mihăileanu
The festival jury that chose the winners of the first edition was made of well-known comedy filmmakers and actors: George Mihăiță, Adrian Titieni, Gianina Corondan, Horea Murgu, Manuela Hărăbor, Mick Davis, Adrian Păduraru, Valeriu Andriuță, Dan Drăghicescu and Irina - Margareta Nistor as the president of the jury.
The first edition of the Bucharest Best Comedy Film was organized by the “Grigore Vasiliu Birlic” Cultural Association, in partnership with the Bucharest City Hall. Asociația Culturală The “Grigore Vasiliu Birlic” Cultural Association
honors the memory of the brilliant comedy actor, Grigore Vasiliu Birlic. The president of the association is Şerban Alexandru Radu. The director of the event is Enea Dabija. With the support of the Bucharest City Hall. Sponsors: Icon Films, Global Vision, Electrica Furnizare, Domeniul Greaca, Serban & Musneci Associates, Caii de la Letea, Budget, Encosta, Clinica de Implantologie Lorelei Nassar. Main media partners: AGERPRES, Radio România Cultural, AaRC.ro. Institution partners: the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre and Film University and Hyperion University.