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), Berlinale (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 and was also very well received by festivals and critics (Variety, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, Slant Magazine etc). His third feature, “The Story of a Summer Lover”, was distributed by Netflix in over 30 territories. He’s currently in post-production with “Men of deeds”, his fourth feature.

Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

Development Lab Main Tutor

Tudor was 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. 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. 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. His second feature film ”And they may still be alive today” has premiered in Transilvania IFf, Romania. He is in the development stage with his third film.

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 was born in 1982. She is a Bucharest based cinematographer. She has a BA and a MA in Cinematography at the National Film School. Also, she currently studies philosophy at University of Bucharest enrolled in an BA program. Over the past few years she shoot many shorts and several features along directors like Paul Negoescu, Ruxandra Ghițescu and Bogdan Theodor Olteanu. She was also a camera operator at Cristi Puiu’s feature film, “Aurora”. Besides cinematography her interests and efforts goes into social responsibility activities and community art projects. In 2012 she won a scholarship for the Young Leaders Program at the Aspen Institute. Since than she is an Aspen Fellow. Also since 2009 she is the founder and President of Graphis 122, an NGO that is responsible for several community art projects. In 2016, she co-founded the FILM+ Program. Since 2018 she is a member of European Film Academy.

Anamaria Antoci

Production Lab Main Tutor

With a background in choreography and cultural management, Anamaria Antoci stepped into the film industry in 2012. Her first feature was Adrian Sitaru‘s ILLEGITIMATE (2016, Berlinale Forum – C.I.C.A.E. Award), an independent production that brought her a GOPO Award for Best Newcomer in the Romanian film industry. Her filmography includes a wide range of shorts, features and documentaries, one of the latest titles – MALMKROG by Cristi Puiu, for which she served as delegate producer, opened the Encounters section of Berlinale 2020. In 2017 she founded Tangaj Production, Bucharest-based production company, and currently she is working on financing the new films by Andrei Ujică and Adrian Sitaru, while developing her first drama series project. Anamaria is active on the European market, being part of the most important industry networks like EAVE, EFP’s Cannes Producers on the Move, ACEProducers, Emerging Producers, European Producers Club, and since 2016 she is a member of the European Film Academy.

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 a Romanian film editor working since 2007. After graduating the editing and sound design of the National Film and Theatre School in Bucharest he continued working as a freelancer, mostly editing and sometimes working on sound design for different films, from short to long, documentary and fiction. He has edited short films that were screened in competition at Film festivals like Cannes – Cinefondation and Berlinale – Shorts. His 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 and the award for best male performance. He is always interested in working with young filmmakers in order to test and develop film language and visual storytelling. He is looking to create a more direct cinema in which truthfulness is a transparent quality that is evident and concrete for the audience.

Roxana Szel

Work in Progress Lab Guest Tutor

Roxana 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. 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 Film 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.