Be My Cat: A Film for Anne

An aspiring Romanian filmmaker obsessed with Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway goes to shocking extremes to convince Anne to star in his upcoming film.

Romania's first found footage horror movie | 83% on Rotten Tomatoes

Best Film winner at A Night of Horror Film Festival in Sydney
Best Actor winner (Adrian Țofei) at Nashville Film Festival
Best Film winner at On Vous Ment! Mockumentary Festival in France
Best Actor winner (Adrian Țofei) at Hamilton Film Festival
Deep Cut Winner at the 2018 Horror Cinema Awards

Official Selection at Fantasporto International Film Festival
Official Selection at Anchorage International Film Festival
Official Selection at Transilvania International Film Festival
Official Selection at Other Worlds Austin Film Festival
Official Selection at Nightmares Film Festival

“Terrifying! A modern Peeping Tom!” (Austin Chronicle)
"A new intelligent found footage film you need to see!" (Blumhouse)
"A prime example of meta-cinema!" (Little White Lies)
“Potentially revolutionary and dangerous!” (Dread Central)
“The most revolutionary found footage film since The Blair Witch Project!” (A Night of Horror)
“The most believable movie psychopath since Norman Bates!” (Artsploitation)
“One of the most frightening and realistic psychopaths ever put to film!” (The Movie Sleuth)
“Disturbing found footage masterpiece!” (28DLA)
“A new masterpiece in horror!” (Lloyd Kaufman & Troma)
“The rare original horror film that fans scream for!” (Addicted to Horror Movies)
“A truly unique experience that will be talked about for years to come!” (Mondo Exploito)

  • Adrian Țofei
    Director
  • Adrian Țofei
    Writer
  • Adrian Țofei
    Key Cast
    “Adrian”
  • Sonia Teodoriu
    Key Cast
    “Sonya ”
  • Florentina Hariton
    Key Cast
    “Flory”
  • Alexandra Stroe
    Key Cast
    “Alexandra”
  • Adrian Țofei
    Producer
  • John Lepper, Alex Short, Jay Sorensen, Adrian Airinei
    Executive producers
  • GiEmSi, Dorina Țofei
    Associate producers
  • "Nu plecăm acasă" written by Stelian Maria and performed by Cristian Pațurcă
    Soundtrack
  • Adrian Țofei
    Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design
  • Adrian Țofei
    Casting, Production Management, Sound
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    Psychological Horror, Found Footage, Slasher, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Character Study, Dark Comedy, Dark Romance, Mumblecore, Meta-cinema, Cinema Verite, Cult film, Psychopath film, Underground, Guerrilla style, Snuff film, Indie, Mumblegore
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 8, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Romania
  • Country of Filming:
    Romania
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Nashville Film Festival
    Nashville, Tennessee
    United States
    April 15, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Special Jury Prize for Best Actor (Adrian Țofei)
  • A Night of Horror International Film Festival
    Sydney
    Australia
    November 29, 2015
    Australian Premiere
    Best Film Winner + Nominations for Best Director, Best Male Performance & Best Female Performance
  • Hamilton Film Festival
    Hamilton
    Canada
    November 11, 2016
    Canadian Premiere
    Best Actor Winner (Adrian Țofei)
  • Fantasporto International Film Festival
    Porto
    Portugal
    March 1, 2015
    World Premiere (109 min cut)
    Official Selection in Competition for Best Film
  • Anchorage International Film Festival
    Anchorage, Alaska
    United States
    December 1, 2018
    Alaskan Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Transilvania International Film Festival
    Cluj-Napoca
    Romania
    June 5, 2015
    Romanian Premiere (109 min cut)
    Official Selection in Competition for Best Romanian Feature Film
  • Nightmares Film Festival
    Columbus, Ohio
    United States
    October 20, 2018
    Midwest Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • On Vous Ment! Mockumentary Film Festival
    Lyon
    France
    May 29, 2016
    French Premiere
    Grand Prize for Best Feature Film
  • Other Worlds Austin Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    December 4, 2016
    Texas Premiere
    Official Selection
  • TromaDance Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    July 30, 2016
    US East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Unnamed Footage Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    March 25, 2018
    West Coast Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Horror Cinema Awards
    Online
    United States
    March 4, 2018
    Deep Cut Award Winner + Nomination for Best First Feature
  • Area de Contencao: Cartaxo International Fantastic & Horror Film Festival
    Cartaxo
    Portugal
    November 7, 2015
    Out of the Box Jury Award and Our of the Box Audience Award
  • CrashLanded Film Festival
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    United States
    February 15, 2019
    Oklahoma Theatrical Premiere
    Best Horror Film
  • Fright Nights: The Ultimate Festival of Angst
    Vienna
    Austria
    May 10, 2016
    Austrian Premiere
    Best Film Nomination
  • Dracula Film Festival
    Brasov
    Romania
    October 8, 2015
    87 min cut Premiere
    Special Mention Winner
  • Toronto Indie Horror Fest
    Toronto
    Canada
    November 12, 2016
    Toronto Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Horror-on-Sea Film Festival
    Southend-on-Sea
    United Kingdom
    January 20, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Halloweenapalooza
    Ottumwa, Iowa
    United States
    October 12, 2018
    Iowa Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Indigo Moon Film Festival
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    United States
    October 13, 2018
    North Carolina Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Bram Stoker International Film Festival
    Whitby
    United Kingdom
    October 23, 2015
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Torremolinos International Fantastic Film Festival
    Torremolinos
    Spain
    November 8, 2015
    Spanish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Zinema Zombie Fest
    Bogota
    Colombia
    November 7, 2015
    South American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Mostra Livre de Cinema
    Sao Paulo
    Brazil
    September 19, 2018
    Brazilian Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Kapitularz: Lodz Fantastic Film Festival
    Lodz
    Poland
    September 8, 2018
    Polish Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Shockproof Film Festival
    Prague
    Czech Republic
    March 3, 2017
    Czech Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Eko International Film Festival
    Lagos
    Nigeria
    April 25, 2019
    African Theatrical Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Davis Great Bay Area International Film Festival
    Davis, California
    United States
    October 23, 2018
    Nomination for Best Feature Film
  • Kocham Dziwne Kino (I Love Strange Cinema) Film Festival
    Pabianice
    Poland
    August 9, 2019
    Official Selection
  • UNDO Divergent Film Awards
    Online
    United States
    August 27, 2019
    Best Dark Comedy Feature
Distribution Information
  • Terror Films
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand
  • Adrian Țofei
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video / Disc
Director Biography - Adrian Țofei

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 Horror & Fantasy Film Festivals and Top 100 International Film Festivals lists, 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.

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Director Statement

This is my first film and Romania's first found footage horror movie.

My filmmaking method consists of working for months on an alternative psychological reality for the actors including myself, partially living in character, so that when we start improvising, I mainly need to record the unfolding events and to make sure the improvisation goes in the right direction. There is no script, only plot points. I shoot tens of hours of footage guerrilla style (25 hours for Be My Cat), and then I watch the footage like a documentary filmmaker would and I create the details of the story in post-production during the editing process.

I partially improvised Be My Cat in my hometown on a $10,000 budget as director, producer, writer, lead actor, cinematographer, editor and other roles usually done by a film crew, I never used a camera before in my life, had no crew present during shootings other than myself 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.