Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF, 3 - 19 June) presents a Belgian Focus containing seven Flemish and seven French-speaking Belgian films.

Oxygen selected for Official Competition at TIFFOne of the titles, Hans Van Nuffel's feature debut Oxygen, also made it into competition. Artistic director of the festival, Mihaj Chirilov, describes the film as an 'intimate film that puts under the microscope individual destines in extreme circumstances'. Since its Montreal World Film Festival debut last year, where it won the Grand Prize of the Americas, Oxygen garnered an impressive number of festival selections and kudos.

TIFF further selected a number of festival favourites for its Belgian Focus such as Gust Van den Berghe's Little Baby Jesus of Flandr which was selected for the Director's Fortnight in Cannes and Alex Stockman's Pulsar which had its debut in Locarno last year. The Romanian festival also picked films such as Michael R. Roskam's Bullhead, Kadir Balci's Turquaze and Jan Verheyen's Dossier K. Among the selected French-speaking titles, there are also a number of co-productions with Flanders such as Marieke, Marieke, Soeur Sourire, Illegal and The Barons.

Besides the Belgian Focus, Grande Hotel by Lotte Stoops and Double Take by Johan Grimonprez are part of the 'What's up, doc' section. Furthermore the Oscar nominated animation feature The Secret of Kells has been selected for the EducaTIFF section for children and youth.

Finally, Belgian helmer Jaco Van Dormael is honoured with the '3x3 Jaco Van Dormael' tribute, showing Mr. Nobody, Toto The Hero and The Eighth Day.

The Transilvania International Film Festival had its debut in 2002 and is the first international feature film festival in Romania. Last year TIFF presented 240 films at 13 venues, registering more than 55,000 admissions.

Published on Monday 6 June 2011