12 films in official competition include six debut features; Krzysztof Zanussi [pictured] to receive lifetime achievement award.

Transilvania International Film Festival (May 30-June 8) has announced the 12 films in its official competition.

Coming from countries include Iran, New Zealand and Spain, the selection includes six debut features and six second-time directors. After two years without a Romanian title in competition, Andrei Gruzniczki’s Quod Erat Demonstrandum has been selected for this year.

Commenting on this year’s selection, artistic director Mihai Chirilov noted: “It’s not about shock or provocation for the sake of provocation, but about the ambition to tell an original story by defying convention and by going off the beaten track.”

Other titles in the selection include Max Currie’s Everything We Loved (receiving its European premiere at the festival), Tomasz Wasilewski’s Floating Skyscrapers and Noaz Deshe’s White Shadow.

The festival has also announced that Polish film-maker Krzysztof Zanussi will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s edition. Zanussi will be celebrated during the closing gala and with a special screening of his feature film debut The Structure of Crystal.

For more information on this year’s festival, visit its website.