|Punctured Hope: A Story About Trokosi and the Young Girls' Slavery in Today's West Africa (2009)||$250,000|
Daria Trifu was born in Brasov, Romania and she emigrated to Canada in 1999 with her family. In Europe she studied fine arts since the 5th grade and she held private exhibitions of her paintings since the early age of 15. Her artwork was commissioned by prestige hotels in the mountain resort of Poiana Brasov.
In her youth, Trifu, a prodigy child, excelled in sports such as tennis and ski and she won numerous competitions; she traveled the world both with her family and on her own with a national choir attending international festivals.
Long before she emigrated to Canada, she had her eyes set on a career in the film industry. In 2001, in Toronto, she went-on to graduate from the International Film Workshops taught by Bruno Pischiutta'.
Trifu was subsequently hired by Pischiutta's production company, Toronto Pictures Inc. She organized the company's marketing campaigns and its participation to film festivals and events such as the Cannes Film Festival, the AFM and the One World Film Festival in Montreal.
In 2003 she was a speaker on the "Peacefulfish & Variety Presents Global Film Finance" panel in Cannes alongside Barry Poltermann, Claude Fenioux, Jonathan Bing, Christopher R. Auty and Cassian Elwes.
By 2004, she had opened her own production company, Adhara Properties Inc., and she launched her own magazine, Daria!
With Adhara Properties, she financed and produced the $5.8 million feature film Punctured Hope: A Story About Trokosi and the Young Girls' Slavery in Today's West Africa (2009). The film was a critically acclaimed success. The Political Film Society (Hollywood) proposed the film for nomination in two categories: Best Film Expose and Best Film on Human Rights the same year when other films nominated were Avatar (2009), Invictus (2009) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). Punctured Hope: A Story About Trokosi and the Young Girls' Slavery in Today's West Africa (2009) was qualified for nomination consideration at the Academy Awards® and it screened in theaters in Los Angeles for three consecutive months during the 2009 awards season. The film was also an Official Selection at the One World Film Festival in Montreal.
Her magazine, Daria!, has proven to last the test of time: published for the first time in 2005, it has celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2015 with a Special Issue dedicated to Brasov International Film Festival & Market.
Brasov International Film Festival & Market was created by Bruno Pischiutta' and Daria Trifu' in 2012 in order to showcase the best of international nonviolent film. Trifu is the Festival's Director.
Daria Trifu's film credits include: Assistant Director of the feature film Maybe (2003) that was an Official Selection at the Bahamas One World Film Festival and received The Visionary In Film Award for Director Bruno Pischiutta; Producer and Executive Producer of the documentary Bruno Pischiutta Film Director (2012), Executive Producer of the English version (2009) of the feature film The Comoedia (1981); Producer and Executive Producer of the feature film Punctured Hope: A Story About Trokosi and the Young Girls' Slavery in Today's West Africa (2009), Executive Producer of the feature documentary Brasov: Probably the Best City in the World (2012) and Producer of the documentary Brasov International Film Festival & Market 2013 (2014).
Daria Trifu is the President & C.E.O. of Global Film Studio Inc., of Adhara Properties Inc. and the Vice President of Toronto Pictures Inc. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Daria! magazine.