Cult horror feature "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne" | Upcoming films: "We Put the World to Sleep" + secret project in development | Top 250 Film Festivals & Top 100 Genre Film Festivals lists
Adrian Țofei (pronounced Tsofei) is an acclaimed Romanian filmmaker and actor best known for his debut horror feature Be My Cat: A Film for Anne and his upcoming apocalyptic feature We Put the World to Sleep, as well as his film festival lists used by numerous filmmakers.
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne was named a “new intelligent found footage film you need to see” by Blumhouse, “revolutionary & dangerous” by Dread Central and “terrifying” by Austin Chronicle. Adrian won Best Actor at Nashville Film Festival for his performance in Be My Cat, as well as Best Film at A Night of Horror in Sydney. He directed, produced, wrote and starred in the movie, which premiered in 2015 at Fantasporto, traveled the festival circuit and received critical acclaim (currently 88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), being ultimately acquired and released by Terror Films in 2018. It attracted a cult following and has been given a special limited DVD release by cult distributor TetroVideo.
Adrian Țofei has been married to actress Duru Yücel-Țofei since January 22, 2017, and they have also become partners on-screen in We Put the World to Sleep.
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Nightmares Film Festival
Columbus, Ohio
2018
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Anchorage International Film Festival
Anchorage, Alaska
2018
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Horror-on-Sea Film Festival
Southend-on-Sea
2017
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Toronto Indie Horror Fest
Toronto
2016
Best Film Nomination
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Fright Nights Vienna
Vienna
2016
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
TromaDance
New York City
2016
Grand Prize for Best Feature Film
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
On Vous Ment! Mockumentary Film Festival
Lyon
2016
Best Actor Winner (Adrian Țofei)
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Hamilton Film Festival
Hamilton
2016
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Other Worlds Austin
Austin, Texas
2016
Special Jury Prize for Best Actor (Adrian Țofei)
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Nashville Film Festival
Nashville, Tennessee
2016
Special Mention Winner
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Dracula Film Festival
Brasov
2015
Official Selection in Competition for Best Romanian Feature Film
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Transilvania International Film Festival
Cluj-Napoca
2015
Official Selection in Competition for Best Film
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Fantasporto
Porto
2015
Best Film Winner + Nominations for Best Director, Best Male Performance & Best Female Performance
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
A Night of Horror
Sydney
2015
College
Spiru Haret University of Bucharest
Theatrical Art (Acting) (master’s degree)
20102012
College
Lower Danube University of Galați
Performing Arts (Acting) (bachelor’s degree)
20072010
High School
Colegiul Tehnic Rădăuți
Electrotechnics
20022006
Birth Date
July 20, 1987
Birth City
Rădăuți, Romania
Height
197 cm / 6' 5"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Romanian
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Cancer
Married To
Duru Yücel-Țofei
Adrian Țofei’s filmmaking method usually consists of working for months or even years on an alternative psychological reality for the actors including himself, partially living in character, so that when they start improvising, Adrian mainly needs to record the unfolding events and to make sure the improvisation goes in the right direction. The script mostly consists of plot points. Adrian Țofei shoots tens of hours of footage guerrilla style and then watches the footage like a documentary filmmaker would and creates the details of the story in post-production during the editing process.
Adrian Țofei, who came from a background in method acting and theatre (Ion Cojar's method), partially improvised "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne" in his hometown in Romania on a limited budget budget as director, producer, writer, lead actor, editor, cinematographer and most other jobs usually performed by a film crew, he never used a camera before in his life, had no crew present during shootings other than him and the actresses, partially lived in character, met the actresses for the first time in character with the camera on, and kept only first takes in the final cut.
A language switch was used during filming Be My Cat to ensure the safety of everyone involved: speaking English meant everyone is interacting in character, and speaking Romanian meant everyone returns to be being themselves (with a few exceptions when the characters had to speak Romanian). Filming was preceded by months of preparation via emails between Țofei and the three actresses.
Cult horror feature "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne" | Upcoming films: "We Put the World to Sleep" + secret project in development | Top 250 Film Festivals & Top 100 Genre Film Festivals lists