Adrian Țofei (pronounced Tsofei) is an acclaimed Romanian filmmaker and actor born on July 20, 1987, in Rădăuți, Romania. His father died when he was six and his mother, Dorina Țofei, supported him watching movies from an early age. 2001: A Space Odyssey left a strong impression on Adrian as a teen, who began researching film history in his spare time. He went on to study acting (Ion Cojar‘s method) at Lower Danube University of Galați and continued with a master’s degree in theatrical art at Spiru Haret University of Bucharest, all while directing, producing, writing and performing in various plays, most notably The Monster, which went to multiple festivals.
In 2013 Adrian abandoned theatre, wrote the Found Footage Manifesto and plunged into filmmaking and film acting. He directed, produced, wrote and starred in Romania’s first found footage horror feature, Be My Cat: A Film for Anne. The movie premiered in 2015 at Fantasporto and went to win multiple awards and critical acclaim, including Best Film at A Night of Horror in Sydney and Best Actor for Adrian’s performance at Nashville Film Festival. It was called “potentially revolutionary and dangerous” by Dread Central, “a new intelligent found footage film you need to see” by Blumhouse and “terrifying” by Austin Chronicle. Be My Cat was acquired and released by Terror Films in 2018 and attracted a cult following, also being given a special limited DVD release by cult distributor TetroVideo.
Adrian is also the author of the Top 100 Genre Film Festivals + Submission Tips and Top 250 International Film Festivals + Submission Tips, among other works, both appreciated and used by numerous filmmakers.
He has been married to actress Duru Yücel since January 22, 2017, and they have also become partners onscreen in their upcoming apocalyptic feature We Put the World to Sleep, an international coproduction 7 years in the making which proved to be Adrian’s most ambitious project to date.