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PETER GREENAWAY — Honorary President
One of the key voices of contemporary avant-garde cinema, Peter Greenaway is one of the most ambitious and controversial experimental filmmakers of our time. Trained as a painter and heavily influenced by theories of structural linguistics, ethnography, and philosophy, Peter Greenaway's films often traverse 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 such as Cannes, Venice and Berlin, he has an impressive body of work, consisting of 13 feature films and over 50 shorts and documentaries, plus 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 '80s (together with Ovidiu Bose Paștină, Tereza Barta, Laurențiu Damian, Sabina Pop) he was a pioneer in challenging the borders of cinematic language in controversial, subversive films, which concealed, under daring conceptual and formal experimentation, a fierce criticism of the communist regime, many of which were banned by the establishment's censorship. Copel Moscu created over 50 short and feature films (The Evening School, On the Ozana Shore, My Beloved School, The Bronze Age, A Day Will Come, I Chose Freedom), as director and scriptwriter, for which he was awarded over 25 international and national prizes. He presently teaches film directing at the National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" (UNATC) and video art at the National University of Arts Bucharest (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, and particularly cinema and visual arts students, the first International Experimental Film Festival in Romania - BIEFF.
ADINA PINTILIE — Artistic Director
Adina Pintilie is a Romanian filmmaker, recent graduate of the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest, Directing Department. At the border between fiction, documentary and visual art, her films are very particular in the new Romanian cinema landscape, standing out through a highly personal visual style, daring experimentation in cinematic language and the uncompromising exploration of human psychology. In 2007, her mediumlength Don’t Get Me Wrong - produced by Aristoteles Workshop, with the support of ARTE France and the Romanian National Television, 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 such as: Thessaloniki, Montpellier, Trieste, Namur, Munchen, Moscow, Sarajevo, IndieLisboa, Warszaw, Krakow etc. Her latest medium-length, Oxygen, was screened in the Tiger Awards Short Film Competition of Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010, Buenos Aires BAFICI, Montpellier, Thessaloniki, Warszaw, Bilbao etc. In 2008 she co-directed Sandpit #186, with George Chiper, which premiered in Locarno, won a Runner-Up Award in Miami International Film Festival and a Special Mention in Trieste in 2009. Her latest short, Diary #2, won the ZONTA Award for Best Woman Filmmaker at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2013.
OZANA NICOLAU — Executive Director