Andrei Florescu

Andrei Florescu is an award winning director and screenwriter who has studied film, television and digital media at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 2016. During his college years, in 2014, Andrei directed and wrote his first short film, selected at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival as well as at festivals in the United States, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and India ("Best Film" and "Best Original Soundtrack Nominee"). In 2015, he founded TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival and two other international film festivals and a screenplay competition. In 2017, Andrei directed a short documentary that was selected, among others, at a BAFTA-qualifying competition. He has also been nominated and awarded for his screenwriting work. At the moment, he is working as a script supervisor on a feature film set to be released in 2019 and has just finished directing his fourth short film.

Vlad Dorofte
Film Director, Critic and Reviewer

Vlad Dorofte grew up with films and animations he would watch on a video player during childhood. Also photography enthusiast, he started taking photography lessons in 2007 and in 2008 he won the 1st prize at an online photo competition juried (among others) by Dinu Lazar, an acclaimed Romanian photographer. During University he posted film critic reviews on different cinema sites and film blogs. Between 2009 and until 2014 he dedicated himself to directing short films and founded his own film production company: Gorun Film. Among other works he has been involved in are assistant directing, editing, co-producing and screenwriting related projects.

Benjamin Rider
Film Director, Writer and Cinematographer

Benjamin Rider was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. At the age of three, he moved to South Africa for a year, and then onto Israel for most of his childhood before moving to London, England. In 2012, whilst completing his BA studies at Queen Mary University of London, he shot his first feature, 'To Love Somebody'. He has since gone on to complete a total of seven micro-budget feature films including the drama 'Forever Tomorrow', the cinemascope art house film 'Our Little Haven' and the B-Movie 'Suburban Coffin'. He recently started shooting 'Some Youths of This Town' with Waleed Elgadi (A Hologram for the King, Four Lions), Matthew Winters (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan) and Kate Cook (The Conjuring 2).

Ryan Kruger
Actor, Director and Writer

Ryan Kruger is an actor/director/writer with 20 years of experience in TV and film, as well as an award wining director with over 75 music videos under his belt for some of the top musicians in South Africa, his awards to name a few: MTV for best video of the year and his SAMA (South African Music Awards) best video of the year for the band "Prime Circle". Starting off as an actor he has acted in many international feature films and TV series working with major studios and names. Currently working on a new HBO series as an Irishman. And soon to be released "Last Broken Darkness" where he plays two different characters.

Millie Samuels
Actress and Film Producer

Millie studied the many platforms in media production and performance at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst; B.A Communications (Theatre Media). Upon graduating in 2011, Millie has worked professionally both in production teams for Channel Seven, Fremantle Media, ABC and numerous feature length and short films. Her acting credits begun on ABC’s God of Wheat Street and following on has appeared in the cast of Neighbours, Mychonny Moves In (YouTube sensation) Chanel Seven’s Catching Milat (directed by Peter Andrikidis). Her feature film credits include Around the Block (featuring Christina Ricci), Alex and Eve (directed by Peter Andrikidis) along with myriad short films with Metro screen The Passenger and Three Hearts, Flow. Millie has had a great start to 2018 having wrapped two theatre shows playing the lead in both DNA by Dennis Kelly and DOLORES by Edward Allen Baker. Millie has also been a finalist for the prestigious award Heath Ledger Scholarship for two consecutive years (2014/2015). Millie is currently represented by IMC in Australia and Wishlab Inc in the US.

Ciprian Iacob

Ciprian Iacob is a highly talented creative mind and music coordinator, already established as film music composer, with 6 years of experience in the industry gained through numerous fruitful projects in Romania, the UK, France and the US. His recent collaborations included the center state performance in The Masterpiece event-concert in 2014, a project involving top industry names such as Hans Zimmer, Thomas Bergersen, Uyanga Bold and others. Driven by a deep and passionate love for what he does, Ciprian Iacob is a constantly-evolving musician, with justified ambitions of one day becoming an important influence on the next generations of composers, having put his irrefutable mark on the effervescent art form which film music is.

Alex Mill
Film Producer and Director

Alex Mill has her background in photography and editing, she spent years in a drama group during high school and she's been directing short films since the age of 15. Currently she is working in London, United Kingdom, as an assistant director and producer, having also been involved in projects such as Justice League, Transformers: The Last Knight or Tomb Raider. As a recurring theme, Alex often brings the troubles of obsessed minds to the screen, much like in her first feature, The Immovables.

Roman Cooperman
Composer and Actor

Roman has studied at Central Music School at Moscow State Conservatory (percussions, piano), followed by studies at the Russian University of Theatre Arts (acting). He has been working in film industry since 2010 both as an actor and a composer. In 2014 he started his dubbing/voiceover career, and already had more than 100 films/TV-series dubbed/voiceovered in Russian.

Rafael Rodriguez
Screenwriter and Critic

Lawyer of South American origin. Screenplay writer, Critic, Novelist and Cinephile. He´s been involved in several indie projects both from the inside as short movie scenarist and the outside as an analyst and consultant. His juridical background makes him objective and detail oriented while his love for the seventh art makes him very passionate and dedicated.

Andrei C. Serban
Writer and Critic

Andrei C. Serban has a PhD in poetry at the University of Sibiu (Romania), being a literary critic and author of a volume of poetry, and who has discovered his great passion for theatre and film during his college years. He is one of the official reviewers of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, while his increasing interest in the world of cinema and visual arts in general has resulted in several articles published in academic journals, gaining experience in film and screenplay reviewing. He collaborated with Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) as local organizer and host, leading a series of discussions with the invited actors and directors.

Julian A. Leu
Screenwriter, Critic and Marketeer

Julian A. Leu has been passionate about stories and films since he was a kid and could operate a VCR before he mastered talking. He later discovered his passion for putting words on paper - writing and adapting several plays during high school, as part of the theatre club. His academic career eventually took him in a different direction – he got his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Glasgow, and his Master’s degree in the same field from Maastricht University – but his inclination toward the film industry never faltered. Julian subsequently became an award-winning screenwriter, with ‘Best Screenplay’ prizes from festivals in Italy, Russia and Venezuela, as well as nominations from competitions in Israel and Peru. Currently based in the Netherlands, Julian is fascinated by creative approaches to storytelling, non-conventional filmmaking and intertextuality.

Vlad Alui Gheorghe
Guest Reviewer

Vlad Alui Gheorghe is a published writer, musician and film festival director and coordinator with 4 years of experience. He is also a guest reviewer at TMFF since 2016.