Cristina Groșan

b. Arad, Romania

*Berlinale Script Station 2015

*Sarajevo Cinelink 2015

*Nominated for the 2014 Film Prize for Germany-Eastern Europe

by the Robert Bosch Foundation
*Transilvania Film Festival grant winner, June 2014

Short biography:

Cristina (b. 1987) is a Romanian-Hungarian visual artist with a background in photography, who took a turn towards directing in 2007 while studying at the Faculty of Theatre & Television, Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania. She continued her studies with an MA at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art, Budapest, directing several shorts that travelled the worldwide festival circuit, picking up several prizes on the way. “Holiday at the Seaside” (2013) was regularly on Australian screens in cinema for one month, accompanying Andrea Arnold’s Fishtank, but was also screened at festivals all around the world, picking up several prizes along the way (Sarajevo IFF, Helsinki IFF, London ISFF,  Clermont-Ferrand ISFF, Mecal ISFF, Thessaloniki ISFF, Byron Bay IFF, Tangier ISFF, Tirana IFF, etc.). Her 4th short, “Night Painting” premiered at Palm Springs International Short Film Festival in June 2016. She is currently wrapping post-production for “Work in Progress”, a stylized comedy-drama set in a low-budget plastic surgery clinic in the middle of nowhere, where a woman in her mid ‘60ies comes to terms with herself.


“Work in Progress”, 20 min., Hungary (in post-production, expected delivery: April 2017)

-full production funds awarded by the National TV Fund

“Night Painting”, 17 min., Hungary, 2016 (a selection festival participation)

-premiered in Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, June 2016

-Helsinki International Film Festival

-Hungarian Filmweek

-on tour in 12 cities with Filmtettfeszt, Romania

-on tour in 6 cities across Russia with Tea Films (Volgograd, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Saint Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Moscow)

-14th Dhaka International Short & Independent Film Festival

-Friss Hus International Short Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary

“A Coat of Gold”, 95 min., Hungary (in development)

*Best Pitch at Connecting Cottbus 2014, Cottbus International Film Festival

*selected for script development at the 2015 Berlinale Script Station

*selected for the Cannes 2015 Producers’ Network

*selected for development in the framework of Sarajevo Cinelink 2015 programme

*selected for script development in the framework of Sources2 2015 writing workshop

“Happy New Year!” (BÚÉK!), 2014, Hungary, HD, 60 min. collaborative documentary, segment “Designed”

-released online and in 15 cinemas across Hungary

"Holiday at the Seaside", 2013, Bosnia Herzegovina/Romania, 16 min., HD

*the "Atlantic Group" grand prize for best short film at the 19 Sarajevo Film Festival, August 2013

*Best Balkan Film at Tirana International Film Festival, November 2014

*Silver Clip for Best Film at REC Film Festival Berlin, December 2014

*Special Jury Mention for Best Short Film, Nordic Youth Film Festival, June 2014

*Best Fiction Film award at Corto Helvetico al Femminile, March 2015

*project selected for development and financing at the Sarajevo City of Film, March 2013

*project selected for pitching at the EuroConnection CoProduction Forum at the Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival, January 2013


-Sarajevo International Film Festival

-Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival/Collections Section

-Helsinki International Film Festival

-London Short Film Festival

-Hungarian Filmweek

-Mecal International Short Film Festival

-Thessaloniki International Film Festival

-Tirana International Film Festival

-Nordic Youth Film Festival

-Manlleu International Short Film Festival

-Tangier International Mediterranean Film Festival

-Short Waves International Film Festival, Poland

-Seen and Heard International Film Festival Melbourne

-ExGround International Film Festival

-REC Film Festival Berlin

-Biennale Corto Helvetico al Femminile

-Eberswalde International Short Film Festival

-St. Petersburg International Film Festival "Beginnings"

-Northern Wave International Short Film Festival

-Landshut Short Film Festival

-Cinefest Miskolc International Film Festival

-Grand Rapids International Feminist Film Festival

-Faro International Film Festival for Mental Health

-Friss Hus International Short Film Festival Budapest

-Zero Plus International Film Festival

-Aevoe Cinema Melbourne

-Mérida International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Venezuela

-3Fest Short Film Festival


-Kastav Film Festival

"Carry Me Away", 2013, Hungary/Romania, 15 min.

-Brussels International Short Film Festival, Belgium

-Motovun International Film Festival, Croatia

-Hungarian Filmweek

-Soros Open Society Shorts, Romania

-Zubroffka International Short Film Festival, Poland

-Seen&Heard Film Festival, Melbourne

-KIN International Film Festival, Georgia

-Euroshorts International Short Film Festival, Poland

-Student International Short Film Festival, Croatia

-Magma- Mostra di Cinema Breve, Sicily, Italiy

-Kinofest Digital Short Film Festival, Romania

-Balkans Beyond Borders

-Friss Hus Budapest International Short Film Festival, Hungary

-Kastav Film Festival

-ESTE European Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania

“Sputnik”, 2010, Romania, 12 min, HD

-Reykjavik International Film Festival

-Stone Film Festival, Romania

-Iasi International Film Festival, Romania

-Balkans Beyond Borders

-Dukafest International Short Film Festival, Bosnia

-Kastav Film Festival

Workshops & training:

Inkubator development training, Hungarian Film Fund, 2015

Sources 2 writing workshop, Filmcamp/Norway,  2015

Cinelink Development Programme, Sarajevo Film Festival, 2015

Berlinale Script Station, Berlinale, 2015

Connecting Cottbus, Cottbus International Film Festival, 2014

Transylvania Talent Lab, 2014

Nominee Forum & Pitch Forum, the Robert Bosch Foundation

European Short Pitch development programme, 2014

Sarajevo City of Film programme, 2013

Reykjavik International Film Lab, October 2011

Sarajevo Talent Campus, 2011

Berlinale Talent Campus, 2011

Stop By Shoot Film-Kodak, Transylvania Film Festival, 2009

          Jury activities:

          2011, Hungarian Filmweek, student jury member

2014, Transylvania International Film Festival, Romanian Shorts jury member

2015, Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival, EuroConnection jury member

2016, Gay Film Night Cluj-Napoca, short film competition jury member

2016, Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival, EuroConnection jury member

2017, Lucca Interational Film Festival, International Shorts Competition, jury member

Exhibitions (photography, media design):

2007 Phototherapy, group exhibition, Banffy Museum, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2008, Wonderland.Today, Insomnia, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2009, Polaroid Effect, group exhibition, Carturesti bookshop/gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2009, Fall in E-motion, group exhibition, George Enescu Music Festival, Bucharest, Romania

2011, Found Things, single exhibition, Godor Club Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

                       2011, Who’s Seen Bajor Gizi? Bajor Gizi Museum, group exhibition, Hungary

2011, Subjective Atlas of Hungary, group exhibition, contributor to book published in 2011


2012-2010: MA in Media Design, Media Institute, Moholy-Nagy University of Art,     Budapest

2008-2009: exchange programme at the Visual Communication Department, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

2010-2006, BA in Film at the Theatre & Television Faculty, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania