Cluj's Transylvanian International Film Festival (TIFF) is to launch a development fund dedicated to local screenwriters at this year's edition from May 30 to June 8.

'We are looking for new stories and new people in Romania in the first year', TIFF's honorary director Tudor Giurgiu told 'Euros 20,000 will be shared among five projects and we may extend the fund to projects from other East European countries in the future.'

Giurgiu revealed that TIFF will be organising a 12-week film tour with a selection from the 2008 programme 'targeting the most important cities which no longer have cinemas.' 'We want to revive the spirit of what cinema means and make the city councils more open to supporting film exhibition,' Giurgiu said.

In addition, TIFF's organiser, the Romanian Film Promotion Association, will be organising a new international horror and fantasy film festival called Dracoola in the town of Brasov - near the famous Dracula Bran Castle - in the first week of August.