Jose Cabrera Betancort has a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communication studies, as well as 16 years of experience in programming and coordinating international film festivals. He has also been awarded a fellowship in Cinema at the Royal Spanish Academy of Arts (RAER) in Rome. He worked as a coordinator at MiradasDoc for seven years and the Transilvania IFF for 11 years. Currently, he works as the short film programmer at the Las Palmas IFF and as film department coordinator at the Seminci-Valladolid IFF. He is also the director of Tenerife Shorts. He has been part of the jury of film festivals like Vila do Conde (Portugal), REC Tarragona (Spain) or Art Film Fest (Slovakia).
Ioana Flora was born on March 22, 1975 in Pancevo, Serbia.
Appearing in films, on television and on stage, she debuted in acclaimed Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s Stuff and Dough/Marfa și banii. It was the first Romanian picture selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs program at Cannes in 2001 and was credited with starting the New Wave of Romanian cinema. For her portrayal of the female lead in A Long Story / Marea Neagră, a drama directed by Jorien Van Nes, the actress got the Best Actress Award at the International Film Festival in Aubagne, France.
At the end of 2019, Ioana finished shooting for Lebensdorf, a feature film directed by Vali Hotea. Other recent productions Ioana stars in are Andrei Gruznitski’s Zavera, and Ruxandra Ghițescu’s Otto the Barbarian/Otto barbarul (2018). Ioana is the concept creator and star actress in Fragile the series, an online documentary (2021), exploring the challenges of womanhood in the current Romanian society.
Rafael Kapelinski is a London-based, award-winning writer/director, media lecturer, screenplay development and new media technology consultant. A graduate of the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, The London Film School, and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw, he has created some of the most distinctive short and feature films that have won over twenty-five international awards at top-tier festivals such as Cannes, Oberhausen, Austin, New Horizons and Brest. His feature debut Butterfly Kisses (BBC Films/Film London/Microwave/Blue Shadows Films) won the Crystal Bear at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival and consequently, Rafael was long listed for the British Independent Film Award for Directing. His feature project Up on the Roof won Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Cinefondation Residence Award. He has taught fiction directing and story development at the London Film School, The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice.
Cătălin Olaru is a film critic since 2009, signing articles in magazines such as Cultura, FILM, Kamikaze, Blogurile Adevărul, Scoala 9, Postmodern and his personal website, pragulcritic.ro. Olaru was the winner of the Alex Leo Serban fellowship, awarded in 2012 by the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF). Starting 2013, he is a member of UCIN (Romanian Filmmakers Union), and FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics). Olaru is also the winner of the Be a film critic at Cannes! Fellowship, awarded in 2015 by Les films de Cannes à Bucarest festival. He is the author of the critical essay “Mircea Daneliuc – Microphone Test” (2016), and has studies in the edited volumes “Film Politics” (editors: Andrei Gorzo, Andrei State, 2014) and “Film Politics II” (editors: Andrei Gorzo, Gabriela Filippi, 2017). Juries: Warsaw Film Festival (FIPRESCI Jury, 2020), ESTE FILM Festival (2020), Gopo Awards (2018, 2014), Festival del film Locarno (FIPRESCI Jury, 2017), KINOdiseea (Short Features Jury, 2017), UrbanEye (2017), Ceau Cinema! (2017), TIFF (FIPRESCI Jury, 2014; Local Competition Jury, 2015), BIFF/Bucharest International Film Festival (2015, Press Jury).
Adrian Titieni is a famous Romanian film and theater actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He was born on June 6, 1963 in Bistrita, Romania. He graduated from Institute of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in 1988.In 1984, he played his first role in the movie Pas în doi. Other notable roles in Colivia(2009), Bacalaureat (2016), Ilegitim(2016). Play on the stage of the theaters ”Odeon” and ”National I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. Rector ,University Professor Doctor at the National University of Theater and Cinematographic Art „I.L.Caragiale”. In 2016, he was awarded the Bayard Award for Best Actor at the International Francophone Film Festival in Namur, Belgium and the Chicago National Film Festival with the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actor .In 2012, he was awarded the Gopo Award for Best Male Performance.