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Alexander Grozev

Bulgaria – Film critic, Festival founder and director


He is a very well-known film critic from Bulgaria. PhD in the Theory of Cinema, Professor of Film History at the South-West Uni­versity, lecturer for film critic at the National Academy of Film. Jury member at many international film festivals.

Member of the Bulgar­ian Filmmakers’ Association and member in the publishing board of Kino magazine, as well. Founder and Director of LOVE IS FOL­LY – Film Festival in Varna, counting for 28 editions. Alexander Grozev was Manager of the National Film Center of Bulgaria, rep­resenting member of Bulgaria in the European Association for Me­dia Programs. He published 16 books dedicated to film theory and history and wrote many reviews in publications from U.K., Germa­ny, Russia.


 

Costel Safirman

Israel – Director, film critic and historian


Film critic and historian, documentary film director. In Romania he worked as a book editor for the Meridiane Publishing House, as a researcher at the National Films Archive, as a television filmmaker, as a delegate producer of feature movies and as a film director at the “Alexandru Sahia” Documentary Film Studio.

In 1987 he immigrated to Israel. Since 1993, initiates and produces for the Jerusalem Cinematheque the project “Cinematic Variations on Live Classical Music” dedicated to music and film lovers. Between 1993 and 2011, in cooperation with the late historian Leon Volovici, he has been organizing the Jerusalem Cultural Club, whose purpose is to facilitate the spiritual bridging between the Romanian and lsraeli cultures.

He has published articles, studies, scientific, theater and film reviews and is a co-author of cinema dictionaries and encyclopedias published in Romania, lsrael and the USA. Among the documentary films he created: Directed by Liviu Ciulei, film TV, 1979 (Special Prize of the Jury granted by the Association of Romanian Film makers); Ars Longa, 1984; Tonight tears are falling for “La Dame aux Camelias”, 1986. “And They Went Away Like the Wind…” (in collaboration with Radu Gabrea), 2010.


 

Bogdan Movileanu

România – Film critic, Archivist


Graduate of National University of Theatre and Film “I.L.Caragiale” – Bucharest in 2009. He obtained his doctorate in 2016, the topic of his doctoral thesis “Superheroes of a modern mythology – between film and comics”.

Since 2006 he has been an editor and curator at the National Film Archive, and from 2016 he is a member of the Film Rating Commission of the National Center of Cinematography (CNC).

He was the coordinator of the Romanian stand of CNC at the Berlin Film Festival between 2016-2020 and at Cannes – 2015-2019. Co-writer of several student films and he was acting in the short film End slate, directed by Isabella Szanto.

Starting with 2018, he is the artistic director of the Central European Film Festival, in Timișoara.


 

Dan Curean

România – Professor,  Director, TV organizer


Works in media starting 1990, as photographer and editor of the weekly NO, then  from 1994 is engaged on public television, Cluj regional studio. Here he is working as cinematographer, and as well in the  editorial segment as producer, and documentary filmmaker.

He was trained in Discovery Campus Masterschool – 2008.

Part of the teaching staff of the Faculty of Theatre and Television at the Cluj University ( UBB) since the beginning in 2005.

In 2012 he achieved his doctoral thesis with the title Text and image in the mass-media.

Collaborations with some of major broadcasters in Europe and his filmography  includes author documentary productions  (screenplay, directing, photography), multi-awarded at festivals in the country and Europe.


In the previous 10 editions of ECOFEST, the director Dan Curean was an active participant, and his films have enjoyed success, both through the awards given by professional juries, as well as by the audience.

2013 – Baile Felix
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
Gone Wild – The Story of the Wild Horses
Directed by Dan Curean

2016 – Bucharest
SPECIAL JURY AWARD
In search of the Huck
Directors: Dan Curean and Dan Păvăloiu

2017 – Suceava
The award given by the television show Duminicall
The Wisent Operation
Directors: Dan Curean and Dan Pavaloiu

2020 – Bucharest (online edition)
Best Photography Award
and GRAND PRIX (awarded by the Student Jury)
CEAHLAU, A NATURAL WONDER
Director: Dan Curean, Narrator: Dan Pavaloiu
Photography:  Dan Curean, Daniel Sărăcuț, Zoltan Naghi, Cristian Mihai


 

Giuseppe Piccillo

BELGIA – Actor


Giuseppe Piccillo is a young Belgian actor, of Italian origin.He graduated the acting studies at the famous Parisian Theater School – Florent. He was author of many commercials for the French televisions. In the last 7 years he was member in the organizing crew of the Love Films Festival from Mons – Belgium.

In 2012 he was acting in the Romanian feature ”Chasing Rainbows”, directed by Dan Chisu. He is a talented animator for street-theater presentations and especially for shows dedicated to children in non-conventional places like schools, hospitals etc. In 2016 he featured in one recent season of the acclaimed Disney serial – Violetta, shot in Paris. He also was acting on the stages of numerous theaters from Belgium and France. In September 2019 he directed his first short film: “Chui désolé”, a film to be opened in this summer, after the end of the pandemic period.

Recently he acted in a successful play in Belgium and in France which is called “Don’t walk around so naked!” by Georges  Feydeau .


 

Andrei Chiriac

România – Director, Sportsman, Stuntman


Andrei Chiriac was born in 1976. After a sports career in the field of martial arts and collaboration as a stuntman in several Romanian and foreign film productions, he attended courses in New York, at the School of Visual Arts and is a graduate of UNATC ( University of Theater and Film) – Bucharest , Film Directing section, in 2007.

In his filmography there are several short films and commercials, as well as the feature-length artistic documentary Stories about Vlad Voievod Draculea, as a director and co-producer. (Award for Directing at the International Ethnographic Film Festival – Zlatna, 2015).

He is currently working on a TV series – Egregora, The Lost Treasure – (director) and on the feature film Romania Mon Amour (screenwriter, director and producer).


 

Marina Roman

România – Journalist, Art Critic, Professor


Marina Roman, member of Romanian Filmmakers Union (UCIN) and  founder of Romanian Film Association “Document.Art”, is a journalist, specialized, since 1982, in the field of culture. She is a graduate of the University of Theatre and Film “I.L.Caragiale” in Bucharest .

In print media, radio and TV, she worked with the same pleasure, being editor, deputy editor or general secretary of the editorial staff. She is also Professor Doctor at the Hyperion University in Bucharest , teaching Television. Her doctoral thesis (published as tome) is entitled: “Theatrical  Ambiguity and Liturgical Finality in Andrei Tarkovski’s Work”.

Marina Roman has a rich activity as an art critic and promoter of art, interested to encourage young talented artists. Her faith is that art means emotion. According to this faith, Marina Roman is also a poet: her recent book of poetry – “Fascinating Medusa“ – was and editorial success.

She is the author of TV documentaries and also director of the TV talk show Live your art !, which, during 100 episodes, had as guests many cultural representatives of Romania, from film directors to cinematographers, academicians and actors.