Acclaimed feature "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne" | Upcoming movies in the meta trilogy: "We Put the World to Sleep" & "Dr. Frankenstein" | Top 250 Film Festivals & Top 100 Genre Film Festivals lists | Support my work on Patreon.com/AdrianTofei
Adrian Țofei is an acclaimed 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 film, Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015). The movie went to numerous festivals and won multiple awards and critical acclaim, including Best Film at A Night of Horror Film Festival in Sydney and Best Actor for Adrian at Nashville Film Festival. It was called “terrifying” by Austin Chronicle, “a new intelligent found footage film you need to see” by Blumhouse, “potentially revolutionary and dangerous” by Dread Central, and is now considered a cult film by fans and film professionals.
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 and screenwriter Duru Yücel-Țofei since January 22, 2017, and they also became partners onscreen in the upcoming apocalyptic feature We Put the World to Sleep. The movie is the second part of Adrian Țofei’s meta-cinema trilogy which also includes Be My Cat: A Film for Anne and Adrian’s third movie, Dr. Frankenstein, currently in development.
Best Dark Comedy Feature
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
UNDO Divergent Film Awards
Online
2019
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Kocham Dziwne Kino (I Love Strange Cinema) Film Festival
Pabianice
2019
Best Horror Film
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
CrashLanded Film Festival
Tulsa, Oklahoma
2019
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Eko International Film Festival
Lagos
2019
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, North Carolina
2018
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Kapitularz: Lodz Fantastic Film Festival
Lodz
2018
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Mostra Livre de Cinema
Sao Paulo
2018
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Unnamed Footage Festival
San Francisco
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
Nightmares Film Festival
Columbus, Ohio
2018
Deep Cut Award Winner + Nomination for Best First Feature
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Horror Cinema Awards
Online
2018
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Halloweenapalooza
Ottumwa, Iowa
2018
Nomination for Best Feature Film
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Davis Great Bay Area International Film Festival
Davis, California
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
The Shockproof Film Festival
Prague
2017
Grand Prize for Best Feature Film
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
On Vous Ment! Mockumentary Film Festival
Lyon
2016
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: The Ultimate Festival of Angst
Vienna
2016
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Other Worlds Austin Film Festival
Austin, Texas
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
TromaDance Film Festival
New York City
2016
Special Jury Prize for Best Actor (Adrian Țofei)
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Nashville Film Festival
Nashville, Tennessee
2016
Out of the Box Jury Award and Our of the Box Audience Award
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Area de Contencao: Cartaxo International Fantastic & Horror Film Festival
Cartaxo
2015
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Bram Stoker International Film Festival
Whitby
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
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Torremolinos International Fantastic Film Festival
Torremolinos
2015
Official Selection in Competition for Best Film
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Fantasporto International Film Festival
Porto
2015
Official Selection
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Zinema Zombie Fest
Bogota
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 International Film Festival
Sydney
2015
Special Mention Winner
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Dracula Film Festival
Brasov
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 consists of working for months 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. There is no script, only plot points. Adrian Țofei shoots tens of hours of footage guerrilla style and then he 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, partially improvised "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne" in his hometown in Romania on a $10,000 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.
Acclaimed feature "Be My Cat: A Film for Anne" | Upcoming movies in the meta trilogy: "We Put the World to Sleep" & "Dr. Frankenstein" | Top 250 Film Festivals & Top 100 Genre Film Festivals lists | Support my work on Patreon.com/AdrianTofei
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