According to the organizers, the international competition includes sections – “Fictions and Frictions”, “Dances and Circumstances” and “Bodies and Fluidities” with 21 films from ten countries.

The “Fictions and Frictions” section includes nine dance films from six countries, and the short films capture people looking for the right place, be it mental, emotional or physical. The films from this section of the competition dedicated to international short films can be seen on September 4, from 20.30, at Cinema Elvire Popesco, outdoors, writes

In the “Dances and Circumstances2” section, BIDFF presents, for the first time, a selection of short films documenting dance as a transformative human process. Four short films from Hong Kong, France, Israel and the USA speak strongly and critically about dance as a necessity, as a way of life. The four documentaries explore various ways to understand, practice and use dance: to remember, to transcend cultures and languages, to survive. The short films of this section of the international competition run on September 5, from 20.30, at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, in the open air.

On the last night of the festival, BIDFF prepared a screening of eight short films from six countries, which question the relationship between power and intimacy, presenting dance and the body as unstable or unifying ways. The “Bodies and Fluidities” section tries to answer some difficult questions: When does dance become a means of resistance? When does it turn into a meditation on the changes that time imprints on our bodies? How do we humorously treat a subject as controversial as objectifying a woman’s body? They can be seen on September 6, from 21.00, at Cinema Elvire Popesco, outdoors.

The national competition brings together seven Romanian short films under the theme “Mazes and Gazes”. Romanian directors and choreographers problematize the body and (non) movement, touch and interpersonal interaction, including the notion of reality, as it is commonly understood. The seven films propose, in an eclectic and detached manner, a reconfiguration of the gaze on these subjects so debated, never exhausted. The Romanian short films can be seen on September 5, from 22.00, at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, in the open air.

Launched last year, the competition section dedicated to avant-garde musicals continues in 2020, this time under the theme Treats and Traps. The four short films humorously use food as a pretext to talk about the negative attitudes we have towards our bodies, about the social anxiety we sometimes face, about the unjustified way in which our appearances sometimes guide us. The productions will be screened on September 4, from 10.30 pm, at Cinema Elvire Popesco, outdoors.

The BIDFF 2020 jury will consist of artist Farid Fairuz (Romania), producer Patrice Nezan (France) and choreographer Chrysanthi Badeka (UK).

The International Competition and the race for “best international film” have entered 21 short films, and Conceptual Lab by Theo Nissim will offer the Grand Prize, worth 1,000 euros, to the production that will have the strongest impact on the festival jury.

The prize for “the best Romanian film”, worth 500 euros, is offered by ADFR – Association for the Development of Romanian Film, an award that continues the festival’s efforts to support the local creative industry.

The prize for “best musical”, worth 500 euros, offered by Tangaj Dance, the founding organization of the festival, will be given to one of the 4 short films selected this year, in a desire to promote new musical formats that address themes contemporary.