Octav Chelaru (1991) started making films when he was 14-years-old using his relatives and classmates as actors. While in college he directed music videos, commercials and experimental videos and produced short films for other directors. Among the short films he directed, we mention OCCUPIED (2015), winner of the Best Romanian Short at Timishort IFF; PRIVATE PARTY (2017), selected for Tirana IFF and Les Arcs IFF; and BLACK CLOTHES (2017), financed by the Romanian Film Centre, produced by Radu Stancu (deFilm) and selected in competition for Locarno IFF, Valladolid IFF and Grimstad IFF. Currently, Octav is in development with his debut feature, BALAUR, showcased at various coproduction markets and development programmes like Transylvania Pitch Stop, Pustnik Screenwriters’ Residency, Midpoint, Sarajevo Cinelink and Less is More.




Ovi is awakened by his mother in the middle of the night. The two go on a night trip with a unexpected outcome for each of them.


Cast: Luca, Ioana Flora, Daniel Popa, Aida Economu, Claudiu Dumitru, Diana Cavallioti, Andrei Ciopec, Mihai Rîpan, Written and Directed by: Octav Chelaru, Image: Tudor Platon, Sound: Ștefan Azaharioaie, Montage: Alexandru Radu, Producer: Alex Zlăvog