Paul Negoescu

Work In Progress Lab Main Tutor

Paul was born in 1984 in Bucharest. He studied film directing at the national film school. He directed several short films that were awarded and selected in many international film festivals, including Cannes (Semaine de la Critique – 2012), Berlin (2008, 2009 and 2010), Karlovy Vary or Rotterdam. Two of his short films (Renovation and Derby) were nominated at the European Film Academy Awards in 2009 and 2011. His first feature film, “A month in Thailand” premiered at the Venice Film Festival (International Critics’ Week) in 2012 and was awarded with the FIPRESCI prize in the Sofia International Film Festival and Best Debut in Transilvania International Film Festival. His second feature film, Two Lottery Tickets, a micro-budget independent film, became one of the most successful romanian film at the box office in the modern era of film distribution and it was also very well received by critics and festivals. “The Story of a Summer Lover” is his third feature film.
He founded the Timishort Film Festival and FILM+. He is also a lecturer at the directing department of the national film school.

Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

Development Lab Main Tutor

Born in Medias, Romania in 1984. Started studying film directing in 2005 at the National University of Drama and Film in Bucharest and graduated in 2010. He then studied an MA in the same institution and has finished his PhD diploma. He has also been teaching scriptwriting and directing at UNATC for the past 6 years. During school he has directed three short films and a documentary. „Oli’s Wedding”, his third short film won a couple of awards such as: Best Fiction Short – Leeds international film festival , Best short film – Anonimul International film fest – Romania, Best Romanian film – Next international film fest – Romania.
His MA short film “In the fishbowl” was awarded third prize in the Cinefondation competition of the 2013 Festival de Cannes.
The Japanese Dog is his feature debut, after a script by Ioan Antoci, awarded Krzysztof Kieslowski prize in Cannes 2009, by ScripEast Association (Poland), at the end of their scriptwriting training. The film premiered in the first feature competition of San Sebastian FF (2013). It also won the Best Film Award in Vilnius FF and the first feature award in Warsaw FF. It was in competition in New Directors New Films, New York, in Haifa International Film Festival, Israel and many others. He has just finished editting his second feature.

Andrei Ujică

Development Lab Guest Tutor

Born in Timișoara in 1951, Andrei Ujică studied literature and philosophy in Timișoara, Bucharest and Heidelberg. Publications at various intervals since 1968 include prose, poetry and essays. Between 1973-1975 he writes, together with Șerban Foarță, the lyrics for the rock band Phoenix. His cinematographic debut took place with Videograms of a Revolution, 1992, in collaboration with Harun Farocki, a film which has become a standard work on the relationship between political power and the media in Europe at the end of the Cold War. His next film, Out of the Present, 1995, was called ‘the true Dogma’; by Lars von Trier. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu (2010), widely regarded as a monumental achievement, concludes his trilogy dedicated to the end of communism.

Alex Baciu

Development Lab Guest Tutor

Alex Baciu was born in 1977, in Bucharest. In 1999 he graduated the Bucharest Film Academy, as Movie Director. He continued his studies at the University of Bucharest, Communication and PR departament, which he graduated in 2003.
As a scriptwriter, Alex Baciu worked together with with Răzvan Rădulescu and Radu Muntean for Muntean’s The Paper Will Be Blue (Locrano IFF 2006), Boogie (Cannes, Quinzaine des réalisateurs, 2008. Awarded Best Script at Hamptons IFF), Tuesday, After Christmas (Cannes, Un certain regard 2010), One Floor Below (Cannes, Un certain regard 2010. Awarded Best Script at Seville IFF and RiverRun IFF). Muntean’s last film, Alice T., with a script by Alex Baciu, Răzvan Răduleascu and Radu Muntean is now in postproduction. He also teamed up with Răzvan Rădulescu for Gruber’s Journey and Principles of Life (San Sebastian IFF, 2010). In 2011, Alex Baciu co-directed, togethetr with Radu Muntean, Visiting Room, a documentary produced by HBO Romania. Together with his wife, Maria Popistașu, he co-directed, in 2017, The Seagull, a short based on a script by Maria Popistașu.

Ana Drăghici

Production Lab Main Tutor

Ana Drăghici was born in 1982. She is a Bucharest based cinematographer. She has a BA and a MA in Cinematography at the national film school. She also graduated Modern Languages at the University of Bucharest in 2005. Over the past few years she shoot several shorts. Besides her short films she was also a camera operator at Cristi Puiu’s feature film, “Aurora” and she was director of photography for the last two features directed by Paul Negoescu “Two Lottery Tickets” and ‘’The Story of a Summer Lover’’. In 2019 she shoot two more feature films that are currently in the post production stage. She is a member of European Film Academy.
Besides cinematography her interests and efforts goes into social responsibility activities and community art projects. Also she is the founder of Graphis 122, an NGO that is responsible for several community art projects and founder of FILM+ program.

Anamaria Antoci

Production Lab Main Tutor

With a background in choreography and cultural management, Anamaria Antoci began her work in the film industry by joining 4 Proof Film production company in 2012. Since then, she has produced a wide range of awarded shorts and feature films. Her filmography includes Adrian Sitaru‘s ILLEGITIMATE (Berlinale Forum 2016 – C.I.C.A.E. Award) and THE FIXER (Toronto IFF 2016), Hadrian Marcu’s debut A DECENT MAN (San Sebastian IFF 2018) and the co-production SAF by the Turkish director Ali Vatansever (Toronto IFF 2018).
In 2017 Anamaria established her own company, Bucharest based Tangaj Production, and currently is handling a slate of projects in various phases of their evolution. Anamaria is an EAVE, Cannes Producers on the Move and ACE Producers alumna, an EFA member and the co-founder of Bucharest International Dance Film Festival.

Ada Solomon

Production Lab Guest Tutor

Ada Solomon is the founder of Hi Film Productions and Micro Film. She has produced films presented and awarded in many prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Venice and Sundance. She has also co-produced with over 15 European countries and has released her films in over 50 territories. Her credits include I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians (Radu Jude, 2018, Grand Prix Chrystal Globe in Karlovy Vary IFF), AFERIM! (Radu Jude, 2015, Silver Bear Berlin) and CHILD’S POSE (Calin Peter Netzer, 2013, Golden Bear Berlin), to name just a few.
She is the Executive President of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, the Romanian National Coordinator of EAVE, member of the executive board of ACE, member of the board of the European Film Academy and was awarded with the European Co-production Award – Prix Eurimages at the 2013 European Film Awards and with the Central European Initiative Award at the Trieste Film Festival in 2018.

Alexandru Radu

Work in Progress Lab Main Tutor

Alexandru is working with the young generation of filmmakers and is interested in pushing film language.
He is looking for creating a more direct cinema in which truthfulness is a transparent quality that is evident and concrete for the audience. Romanian film editor working freelance since 2007. His focus is on editing films, fiction and documentaries. He is interested in working with young filmmakers in order to test and develop film language and visual storytelling. He has edited short films that were screened in competition at film festivals like Cannes – Cinefondation and Berlinale – Shorts. “My first feature film One Month in Thailand had its premiere at the Critics Week of the Venice Film Festival. In 2014 Song of my Mother won the Heart of Sarajevo at the Sarajevo Film Festival together with the price for best male performance.”

Alex Trăilă

Work In Progress Lab Main Tutor

Alex Trăilă is a Romanian film industry consultant. He holds a diploma in cinematography and has followed multiple trainings and workshops on creative producing, mentoring and marketing. For the past years he was involved in the most relevant regional film industry platforms focused on Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and founded several other initiatives. He works as an expert for the European Audiovisual Observatory, the European Commision, is the Romanian national representative at Eurimages and associated professor at National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale”, Bucharest.

Roxana Szel

Work in Progress Lab Guest Tutor

Roxana Szel is an film editor and lecturer at the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L.Caragiale”, departament Multimedia She was born in 1981 in Bucharest and studied film editing at the I.L.Caragiale University in Bucharest where she received her degree in 2003. In 2013 she finished her PhD in “Film Editing”. She edited 5 feature films and 3 documentaries and many shortfilms. The two short films, of the director Corneliu Porumboiu, she edited in the graduation year were A Trip to the City (Cinéfondation’s second prize in 2004), followed by Liviu’s Dream.
She made her debut in editing feature films with 12:08 East of Bucharest directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. The film was presented in Cannes at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2006 and won the Caméra d’Or. The next feature film was Police Adjective also directed by Corneliu Porumboiu selected for Un Certain Regard in 2009 (Jury Prize and Fipresci Prize). In 2014 she edited The Treasure by Corneliu Proumboiu and in 2016 Bogdan Mirica’s feature film debut, Dogs. Other works she’s done are 3 documentaries. The first one was Metrobranding directed by Ana Vlad and Adi Voicu in 2013, followed by I am Hercules directed by Marius Iacob in 2016 and the last was Corneliu Porumboiu’s Infinite Football in 2017. In 2018 year she edited The Whistlers by Corneliu Porumboiu released in The Official Competion in Cannes Fiulm Festival.

Dana Bunescu

Work In Progress Lab Guest Tutor

Dana Bunescu is a Romanian film editor and sound designer. She is known for editing Cristian Mungiu’s films 4 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, Tales From the Golden Age which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and for The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu, which also screened at Cannes. She is also known for the sound design of Child’s Pose by Călin Peter Netzer, winner of Golden Bear for best film at Berlinale 2013 and Aferim by Radu Jude (winner of Silver Bear at the Berlinale 2015). Bunescu was nominated and won several Gopo Awards for Best Editing and Sound Design. For Călin Peter Netzer’s film Ana, mon amour, Bunescu received the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.