Film historian and critic, essayist, screenwriter, university professor, researcher at the Institute of Art History of the Romanian Academy. Prose and screenplays for short-form documentaries. TV documentary filmmaker. Talk show host. Thousands of articles in the Romanian and international press. The volumes Arms and the Film, A Concise History of Romanian Cinema, Jean Negulesco – A Romanian in Hollywood. Organizer, keynote speaker and respondent in conferences.
President and member of international and national juries. Founding Director of the Costinești Film Festival and of South Eastern European Cinema Schools. Former Vice-chancellor and Head of Department at the Screenwriting-Film Studies Department in UNATC. Vice-president of the Société Européenne de Culture (Venice). Member of the Writers’ Union, Filmmakers’ Union, FIPRESCI. Awarded the „Cultural Merit” medal, in commander rank.
Courses: History of Romanian Cinema.
Currently teaching at the Bucharest National University of Theatre and Film, she is a member of FIPRESCI , she is a regular contributor to mainstream and specialized film press in Romania and abroad and a frequent member of international festival juries. Director of the “Film” magazine, she is the editor of the journal “Close up.”
She published the books Self-portraits of cinema (1983); Gopo (1996); Woody Allen: a Bufoon and a Philosopher (2003); Benjamin Fondane Cineaste (2010) ; The History of Romanian Animation 1920-2020. Cineaste (2010) and co-edited the anthologies Cinema 2000 (2000); Tendencies in European Cinema (2003); The Personality of Latin-American Cinema (2006). She collaborated to international volumes 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (2003, Quintessence Editions, London) and New Romanian Cinema (2019, Edinburgh University Press).
Her research interests include : history of cinema, animation cinema, European cinema, Latin-American Cinema, cinema and cultural traditions.
Courses: Film Analysis and Criticism, Film History, Film and Theater: Interferences/Intermediality and Hybridity, American Film.
Gabriela Filippi is a teaching assistant and doctoral candidate at U.N.A.T.C. „I.L. Caragiale” with a thesis concerning the functioning of the film industry and the aesthetic practice of the Romanian cinema during the socialist era. Her main research interests concern the history of Romanian and East European cinema, and political film theory.
Together with Andrei Gorzo she edited the volume Filmul tranziției. Contribuții la interpretarea cinemaului românesc „nouăzecist” (Tact: 2017), a collection of essays on Romanian cinema of the 1990s. Her most recent publications: “Representing Modern Romania in the Musical of State Socialist Period,” in Ewa Mazierska and Zsolt Gyori (eds.), Popular Music and the Moving Image in Eastern Europe (Bloomsbury Academic: 2018), and “Our Manager: The Myth and Its Era,” in Irina Trocan (ed.), Romanian Cinema Inside Out: Insights on film Culture, Industry and Politics 1912-2019 (Romanian Culture Institute Press: 2019). In the past years, she contributed to several film educational programs for young people: “CinEd”, “Éducation à l’image” and “Filme pentru liceeni”.
Courses: History of Romanian Cinema, Film criticism in Romania, Romanian film during 1948-1990.
He is a lecturer at the National University of Theatre and Film “I. L. Caragiale”, he is habilitated in film studies at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and he is a researcher in philosophy at the Alexandru Dragomir Institute for Philosophy. His research interests concern media philosophy, phenomenology, critical theory, philosophy of history and image theory. Together with Julian Hanich, he edited the journal issue Studia Phaenomenologica XVI: Film and Phenomenology (2016).
His most recent published monographs include: Filmul ca situație socială. Eseuri fenomenologice (Cluj-Napoca, 2018), Sehen Als-ob. Ästhetik und Pragmatik in Husserls Bildlehre (Nordhausen, 2016) and Incursiuni fenomenologice în noul film românesc (Cluj-Napoca, 2015). He coordinated several research grants and published numerous studies in reputed philosophical and film-scholarly journals. He authored the Romanian translations of major works by Husserl, Heidegger, Benjamin, Kracauer and Adorno.
Cursuri: Media Philosophy, Utility Film.
Alexandru Maftei is visiting professor at the National University of Theatre and Cinema in Bucharest, film and theatre director, screenwriter and advertising professional. The film director’s black box(2019), his doctoral thesis published by Editura Universitară, follows the complex transformation of the screenplay into the movie, combining theoretical research with in depth analysis of his working methods.
His filmography includes TV feature Keep your eyes on happiness(1998), seven episodes of TV series Lombarzilor 8 (2006), bitter sweet comedy Hello! How are you? (2011), Miss Christina, a fantastic thriller based on Mircea Eliade’s novel. Alexandru is one of the most experienced Romanian advertising directors. From 2013 he stages theatre shows in Bucharest and other cities. More about his activity here: www.AlexandruMaftei.com
Courses: Collaborative Writing, Screenwriters-Directors; Character, dialogue, scene.
Andreea Mihalcea holds a BA and an MA degree in Film Studies from the National University of Theatre and Film “I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest, where she is currently a PhD student and a teaching assistant. She is writing her PhD thesis on the topic of user engagement in the field of interactive documentaries and works in film criticism and non-formal film education.
Her most recent essay – Participation and Co-creation in Interactive Documentaries. An Introduction – was published in The Reality of Fiction. The Fiction of the Real. Theoretical Approaches in Documentary Filmmaking edited by Andra Petrescu and Irina Trocan (Bucharest: Hecate, 2018).
Courses: Film Analysis and Criticism, Methods in Non-fictional Filmmaking History of Documentary Film, Film Journalism in the Festival Circuit.
With almost 25 years of experience in the communication industry, Adrian is one of the veterans of the Romanian advertising. Creative Director of some of the most important local agencies (Graffiti BBDO, Tempo, MRM/McCann, GAV and Friends\TBWA) and European (McCann Erickson Zagreb), Adrian had won over 100 advertising awards, both national (Ad’Or, ADC, Internetics, Effie) and international (Cannes Lions, International Cup, New York Festivals, Epica, Golden Drum, LIA).
Also, he was four times member of the jury in New York Festivals and once in PIAF.
Adrian is invited professor to UNATC, guiding the CAV’s 3rd year students in the advertising storytelling.
Courses: Copywriting. Advertising formats
Scriptwriter, playwright and theatre director. She co-wrote together with Ana Agopian and Iulia Rugina several scripts for short, medium and feature films, such as Breaking News (2017), Love Building (2013), Stuck on Christmas (2010), Dying from a Wound of Love (2014).
Her work in theater includes choreography performances and theater productions dedicated to young audiences. Oana is currently working on her her PhD research on Nordic Countries cinema with a paper called Narrative structures in Nordic contemporary cinema. Oana is an active trainer for several Educational Programs in film and theater, a cultural manager and also Founder of Control N Cultural Association.
Iulia Rugină has a BA and MA degree in film and television directing at Bucharest’s National University of Theatre and Film (UNATC) and in 2020 has finalized a PhD at the same university. She has written and directed 12 short films, among which Stuck on Christmas (2010) and Dying from a Wound of Love (2014); three feature films, the Love Building series (2013) and Breaking News (2017); a theatre play Neverland (2018).
In 2009 she founded Control N Cultural Association through which she has been actively involved, as project manager and trainer, in various national and international projects (Lets’s Go Digital!, Transilvania Talent Lab, Seattle ARCS Summer Camp).
Her research interests include script construction and directorial instruments in low budget cinema.