Bogdan Mureșanu studied Political Science at the University of Bucharest and film at the London Academy of Film. He worked as a financial reporter before beginning a successful, award-winning career as an advertising art director and copywriter. He turned to screenwriting in 2008 when he won the HBO Tiff Scriptwriting Competition for the short script “The Human Torch.” Muresanu turned that script into a short film with support from Romania’s National Council for Cinematography. His short film HALF SHAVED won Best Short Fiction Film at the 10th Anonimul International Independent Film Festival in Bucharest. His most recent short film THE CHRISTMAS GIFT won Grand Prix at 2019 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival , Jury Award and Best of the Festival Award at Palm Springs International ShortFest, Best Fiction and Audience Award at Tampere International Short Film Festival etc. THE CHRISTMAS GIFT qualifies to enter the shorts categories for the Oscars.



Cosana Eram is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at University of the Pacific, California. She obtained a PhD in French and Humanities at Stanford University (2010) and a doctorate magna cum laude in Philology at the University of Bucharest, Romania (2003). With a primary research focus on international avant-garde and modernism, she has a book in Romanian on the literary canon and has published on world literature, art, film, and cultural studies. (more info)



Professor, Directing, European & Latin American Cinema, Producing and Writing, San Francisco State Univ. Steven Kovacs has written on art, photography, Surrealism, Latin American and Eastern European film, particularly on the intersection of politics and the arts. He is the author of poetry, fiction, and translations. He has written, produced, and directed feature films (“ON THE LINE”, “’68”, “ANGEL BLUE”) and received an Academy Award Nomination for the documentary “Arthur and Lillie”. (more info)