Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) was full of surprises this year, offering a great selection of movies and special events. I’m pretty sure that most of the highlights of this edition already appeared in your newsfeed, whether Facebook, Instagram or mass media. While enjoying the most important film festival of the country, I was wondering how TIFF is seen exclusively through the camera’s lens – and most important, how is like to be on duty for this rollercoaster of amazing events. So the communication department of TIFF allowed me to interview those who photograph experiences, moments and historical moments. So let’s go behind the scene with Vlad Cupsa, who has been working with TIFF for two years now.

What does it mean to be the official photographer of the festival?

For me, working as an official photographer for this festival is one of the best experiences throughout the whole year. I really enjoy working with this dedicated team and making sure the festival looks in the best light possible when it comes to images.

What was your most amazing experience this year at the festival? Why?

Going to Dancu for a special screening of Povestea iubirii / The history of love with cloudy skies and when we almost got there, the sun broke out of the clouds revealing the best sunset I saw this year. Of course, we stopped the car and took some pictures. That was amazing!

Is there a moment of the festival which you wanted to capture but you couldn’t, for whatever reason?

There was a lot of hype about Regii Manelelor & Kana Jambe that I really wanted to be there and shoot photos but couldn’t due to having to go at the event mentioned in the previous question.

What’s your favorite photo you have taken at this edition of the festival? Why?

Alain Delon at TIFF 2017 / photo Vlad Cupsa

Alain Delon at TIFF 2017 / photo Vlad Cupsa

The photo with Alain Delon hugging a child after receiving a big floral bouquet is my favorite photo. It was a genuine moment which happened before us for only 2-3 seconds. It shows us how important things happen right before your eyes if you pay attention to the event.

Doing photography is an art by itself, so it’s not really easy to be done. But what’s the most joyful (trying to avoid the easy word) moment for you as an official photographer?

Being able to freeze time for people around me in photos. It becomes more and more important to imprint our times into photos so we may cherish them forever. We live in fast forward environments and having something to look at when we can pause for a second gives us more power to move forward.