Festival Board

 

PETER GREENAWAY: HONORARY PRESIDENT

 

One of the key voices of avant-garde contemporary cinema, PETER GREENAWAY is one of the most ambitious and controversial experimental filmmakers of our times. Trained as a painter and heavily influenced by theories of structural linguistics, ethnography, and philosophy, PETER GREENAWAY's films traversed often unexplored territories, rejecting conventional narrative structures in favor of an awe-striking imagery, constantly testing the limits and canons of the cinematic medium. Regularly nominated in prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Venice and Berlin, he has an impressive body of work, consisting of 12 feature films and 50 short-films and documentaries, exhibitions, visual installations, VJ performances, paintings, books, opera librettos. His first narrative feature film, “The Draughtsman’s Contract”, completed in 1982, received great critical acclaim and established him internationally as an original filmmaker, a reputation consolidated by his following films, such as “The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover”, “The Pillow Book” and “The Tulse Luper Suitcases”.

 


COPEL MOSCU: FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

 

Born in 1953, Copel Moscu graduated from the National Institute of Drama and Film Bucharest in 1978, after which he worked at the Sahia Documentary Film Studio. One of the key authors of the Romanian Documentary New Wave from the ’80 (together with Ovidiu Bose Pastina, Tereza Barta, Laurentiu Damian, Sabina Pop) he was a pioneer in challenging the borders of cinema language in controversial subversive films which concealed, under daring conceptual and formal experimenting, a fierce criticism of the communist regime, films banned by the establishment’s censorship. Copel Moscu created over 50 short and feature films, as director and scriptwriter, for which he was awarded over 25 international and national prizes (The Evening School, On the Ozana Shore, My Beloved School, The Bronze Age, A Day Will Come, and I Chose Freedom). Presently he teaches film directing at the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest (UNATC) and video art at Bucharest Art University (UNARTE) and is referred to as an artistic consultant for television and cinema. In 2010, consistent with his free innovative vision and educational commitment, he took the challenge to offer Romanian audiences, particularly to cinema and visual students, the first international experimental film festival in Romania.

 


ADINA PINTILIE: CURATOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM

 

Adina Pintilie is a Romanian filmmaker, recent graduate of the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest, Directing Department. At the border between fiction, documentary and visual art, her films are very particular in the new Romanian cinema landscape, distinguishing herself through a highly personal visual style, daring experimenting in cinema language and uncompromising exploration of human psychology. In 2007, her medium length Don’t Get Me Wrong - produced by AWA, with support of ARTE France and TVR, was world premiered in Locarno - Filmmakers of the Present Competition, included in IDFA 2007 - Best of Fests selection, awarded Golden Dove Best Documentary Award at DOK LEIPZIG 2007 and selected/awarded in 50 international film festivals like: Thessaloniki, Montpellier, Trieste, Namur, Munchen, Moscow, Sarajevo, Indielisboa, Warszaw, Krakow etc. Her last medium length, Oxygen, was screened in Tiger Awards Short Film Competition of Rotterdam Film Festival 2010, Buenos Aires BAFICI, Montpellier, Thessaloniki, Warszaw, Bilbao  etc. Her most recent short, SANDPIT#186, co-directed together with George Chiper, was selected in Locarno 2008, Author’s Shorts section and won the Runner Up Award in Miami IFF and Special Mention in Trieste IFF.


OZANA NICOLAU: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Ozana Nicolau recently graduated the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest 2010, Directing Department. One of her student projects, “My Sister and I”, received at CineMaIubit International Film Festival Bucharest two awards: “Best Script” and “Best Actress” and First Prize at Future Movie IFF (2010). “Surrounded by Friends”, her graduation film, was presented at Tampere Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival in Short Film Corner, at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and International Short Film Festival in Drama Greece. Presently, Ozana is developing a feature script in the framework of East European Film Alliance (EEFA) 2011 (Sofia IFF, Molodisk IFF, Tallin BlackNights IFF Workshops) and is working on her latest film, a documentary produced by ARISTOTELES WORKSHOP with the support of ARTE FRANCE. 

 


MARIUS COPEL: FESTIVAL CO-PRODUCER

 

Marius Copel is born in Bucharest in 1983. He pursued his passion for arts and media, getting trained in journalism, cinema and video arts. Working on documentary films as assistant director and researcher, developing and producing television and online programs, he founded his own production company in 2007. At the same time he co-produces cultural events in Bucharest and Berlin. Between 2009 and 2011 he gets closer to the universe of visual digital arts and directs experimental short movies, discovering a fascinating new realm. He is currently pursuing the path of filmmaking and scriptwriting, developing particularly thriller and mystery stories. Since 2012, he is one of the producers of the International Political Film Festival CINEPOLITICA.