Adrian Țofei was born on July 20, 1987, in Rădăuți, Romania. His mother, Dorina Țofei, supported him watching movies from an early age, and later, in adolescence, Adrian started spending hours each day researching film history out of passion. He also took acting lessons, performed in high school plays and in 2007 went on to study Ion Cojar‘s acting method at Lower Danube University of Galați, then continued in 2010 with a master’s degree in theatrical art at Spiru Haret University of Bucharest. During 2008-2012, Adrian also directed, produced, wrote and performed in various play, most notably The Monster, a one-man-show which went to multiple theatre festivals.
At the end of 2012, Adrian decided to leave theatre behind and plunge into filmmaking and film acting. He directed, produced, wrote and starred in Romania’s first found footage horror feature film, Be My Cat: A Film for Anne. The movie went to numerous festivals and won multiple awards and critical acclaim, including Best Film at the 2015 A Night of Horror Film Festival in Sydney and Best Actor (for Adrian’s performance) at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival. It was called “terrifying” and “a modern Peeping Tom” by Austin Chronicle, “potentially revolutionary and dangerous” by Dread Central, and “a new intelligent found footage film you need to see” by Blumhouse.
Adrian Țofei has been married to actress and screenwriter Duru Yücel Țofei since January 22, 2017. He’s set to direct the upcoming female antihero feature Good Girl (written together with his wife and produced by Blumhouse and Entertainment 360), and in the meantime he’s also developing a satirical anthology series called Film Crazy (previously developed as a feature film under the title We Put the World to Sleep).