Our story

We are an association of professionals from various fields, such as strategic communication, film studies, and management. Our aim is to promote Romania’s culture, traditions, and values. We have an extensive experience in film studies, creative production, and event management. We use this experience in order to boost the popularity of Romania’s cultural products abroad.

Together with our partners in the USA and Romania we want to raise the awareness of the American public over the Romanian film, considered as one of the most successful creative experiments in Europe.

The ROFest.Trends Film Festival aims to bring to Chicago the newest trends in the Romanian short and feature fiction, praised internationally for their intricate stories and robust characters. Our public will have the chance to watch some of the most acclaimed Romanian movies, while interacting with their producers and actors.

This film festival has two colateral goals. Firstly, to feature stories that expose the many facets of Romania – starting from the historical perspective, going through the social one, and ending with current concerns and personal struggles. The second goals is to facilitate the dialogue between various cultures, and, more precisely, between the American and the Romanian ones.

The Romanian movie has developed its own style, bridging the gap between past, present, and future, and creating a new type of symbolism focused on the „story within the story”. In its quest for modernization, Romania is struggling to internalize the ”Western way”, while still being anchored in its own „savoire-faire”. This unique pattern gives birth to original stories – beautifully captured in the films featuring the ROFest.Trends film festival.

Despite their complex topics, movies presented in our festival are captivating and open to interpretations. Since the Romanian film has become a strong national brand that exposes emblematic phenomena about Romanians’ lives, families, politics, education, values, and traditions, our festival also constitutes an excellent opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Romania as an independent state.

Our partners

National University for Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)

The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), established in 1991, is a state institution of higher education, which includes all the three education levels: undergraduate, master’s degree and doctoral studies. SNSPA trains and develops professional competencies in Political Sciences, International Relations, Diplomacy, Sociology, Administrative Studies, European Studies, Communication Sciences, Psychology and Management.

Academic Partner: Loyola University Chicago

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the USA’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countriescall Loyola home. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Romanian Cultural Institute

The Romanian Cultural Institute’s mission lies in promoting national culture and civilization in Romania and abroad. The institute’s major goal is to increase the visibility, prestige and knowledge of Romanian values in today’s world.



Consulate General of Romania in Chicago, The United States of America

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