Adrian Țofei was born in Rădăuți, Romania on July 20, 1987. He was encouraged by his mother Dorina Țofei to watch movies from an early age and horror films like the 1976 Carrie made a lasting impression on him. Later in adolescence Adrian had a huge revelation seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and started spending hours each day researching film history, mainly on AllMovie.com. He also took acting lessons, performed in high school plays and in 2007 went on to study Ion Cojar‘s acting method under Mircea Gheorgiu and Florin Toma at the Lower Danube University of Galați, then continued in 2010 with a master’s degree in acting at the Spiru Haret University of Bucharest. During 2008-2012 he also directed, produced, wrote and performed in various plays, most notably The Monster one-man-show which went to numerous theatre festivals.
At the end of 2012, inspired by the success of his one-man-show and a connection he made between Ion Cojar’s method and the found footage concept, Adrian Țofei plunged into filmmaking and film acting as the director, producer, writer and star of Romania’s first found footage horror feature film Be My Cat: A Film for Anne. The movie premiered at the 2015 Fantasporto International Film Festival and went on to win numerous awards including Best Film at the 2015 A Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney and Best Actor for Adrian at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival and 2016 Hamilton Film Festival. It was called “terrifying” and “a modern Peeping Tom” by Austin Chronicle, “potentially revolutionary and dangerous” by Dread Central, a “disturbing found footage masterpiece” by 28DLA and “the most revolutionary found footage film since The Blair Witch Project” by A Night of Horror. It was also included in Dread Central’s Top 5 Best Horror Movies of 2016 and Audiences Everywhere’s Top 50 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s. Adrian’s acting was described by critics as “incredible“, “exceptionally strong“, “excellent throughout“, “authentic“, “complex”, “powerfully convincing“ and “frighteningly natural“. Artsploitation said that he did “the most believable movie psychopath since Norman Bates“.