The International Film Gala “Discover IAŞI – European Capital of Culture” is a TVR Iaşi project that paves the way for the Romanian city to become a European capital of culture in 2021. The project is implemented by TVR Iaşi and its partners: Iaşi City Hall, Iaşi European Capital of Culture Foundation in Iaşi and the Romanian National Opera in Iaşi.
The first edition of the multianual project happened in Iaşi between 22nd of March and 2nd of April 2015. The purpose of the project is to produce video documentaries that mark out the cultural identity of the city. In 2015, these documentaries about Iaşi and its cultural, historical, educational or architectural aspects were produced by 6 production teams that have the background of a capital of culture.
Annualy, the project ends with a Gala event in which the video documentaries are presented to the public. In 2015, the International Film Gala “Discover IAŞI- European Capital of Culture” was held on the 1st of April in the National Theatre in Iaşi. The event included the display of the films made by the teams and artistic moments: a cross-borders concert by Nicu Alifantis and Fragile Band, opera moments offered by the Opera in Iaşi, theatre moments offered by the Sibiu Theater, a small concert from the Chişinău group Trigon, performances from the Dyonysos dancers, Bogdan Baltă and Ovidiu Enea (interpreters).
On the eve of the Gala, the 31st of March, there was a special event dedicated to the public interested in documentaries. The films about the other capitals of culture brought by the participant were displayed and a jazz concert by Trigon Band from Chişinău delighted the public as well.
The participant teams in 2015 were from Athens (Greece), Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Porto (Portugal), Sibiu (Romania), Maribor (Slovenia), and a proactive team from Chişinău, Moldavian Republic. The producers had 7 days for documenting, filming and editing a 10 minute video material.