E X P A N D 

Industry days and script development lab

BIDFF has been striving to create a platform for the development of future cutting edge films that push the boundaries of art cinema beyond the genre, while in the same time to support local filmmakers and dance artists in collaborating for the creation of new experimental cinema. 

This September, we are inviting to Bucharest festival directors and programmers, producers, experts in film and choreography. E X P A N D Lab will be hosted by Apollo 111 and mentored by Andy Wood (UK), Claudia Kappenberg (UK) and Peter Schneider (USA).  The lab consists of lectures, pitching sessions, one-to-one meetings with mentors and industry experts. On September 7th, at 15.30, Apollo 111 whill host the public Pitching Session for the projects in development.



Roads out of Bastion

Simon Fildes, UK

a feature film

about war,

friendship, love

and breaking down barriers.




Bogdan Olarson, RO

A dancer’s body is merging with the bicycle questioning its own state of being and relating to other materialities.



Out of Earth and Sky


David Franklin, ES


From the underground of Tokyo's avant-garde dance scene, across a turbulent landscape, butoh dancers create new works, colliding the personal and the cosmological, the body and the city, the plastic with the geologically forged.  Out of Earth and Sky is a long-term project which is being developed in collaboration with several butoh performers, including members of the internationally renowned groups Sankai Juku and Dairakudakan.



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Cristian Fierbinteanu, RO


Comedy film, political-fiction: politicians, choreographers, oratory, the people and utopia.


Busy Wannabes


Jean-Lorin Sterian, RO


pj.lo is spending most of his life on social media. He doesn’t have a personality anymore, he has become a DJ of his own moods biased by the virtual encounters. What's left of Self in the facebook times? He feels himself only when he's on the stage playing himself.



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Claudia Kappengerg

Claudia Kappenberg is an artist that actives in performances and media. Her work draws from dance and the visual arts to create minimalist choreography for live events specific to a location, but also for on-screen performances. Claudia has a master's degree in Fine Arts / Film and Video from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and taught university courses in Fine Arts until 2002. Since 2004, she teaches at the University of Brighton, UK, classes on experimental film and performance practices. 

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Andy Wood

As an artist, Andy Wood works cross-disciplinarily, working in cinema, video art, photography and sound. He is one of the most famous creators of dance films, renowned for his minimalist style and architectural aesthetics. His films and video works have been presented at international film festivals, art galleries, prisons, public spaces and TVs. Andy studied Fine Arts in the UK, worked as a musician and producer for several years and currently runs a documentary film and art house production company. He is one of the developers of Leeds International Film Festival and organizes a competition dedicated to short films within Short Film City.

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Peter Schneider

Peter Schneider is an American theater and film producer, recognized worldwide as the first president of the Walt Disney Studios (1985 - 1999), being considered as the man who reinvented the production of animation film, operating major transformations at the structural level and artistic direction of Disney projects. Peter produced the most famous Walt Disney animations: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988), "The Little Mermaid" (1989), "Beauty and the Beast" (1991, the first animation nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture film), "Aladdin" (1992), and "The Lion King" (1994). He was promoted to head of the studio in 1999, but in 2001 Schneider left Walt Disney to set up his first theater company. His first big production, developed in partnership with Michael Reno, was "Sister Act", which premiered at the London Palladium in 2009.