DR STEFAN POPESCU

Name DR STEFAN POPESCU

Current Role(s)  Associate Lecturer, Film and Digital Arts
Contact stefan.popescu@sydney.edu.au

Biography

Stefan Popescu is a filmmaker and academic and is currently one of the directors of the Sydney Underground Film Festival. Having completed his PhD in Film and Digital Art in 2007, he has written and directed three feature films - Rosebery 7470 (2007), Nude Study (2010) and Zombie Massacre 3 (2012) and The Performance Artist (in post-production).

Research

Stefan is interested in alternate and marginal cinema and his research involves theorising emerging forms in cinema. This includes the relationship between materiality, affect and narrative in film and theorising technological developments in the emergence of contemporary subgenres. Stefan's research extends into making feature films and focuses on creating films that experiment with material, aesthetics, character and story structure. Additionally, he is the founder and director of the Sydney Underground Film Festival that provides an exhibition platform and a cultural hub for alternate and experimental films.

Significant Publications

RevCon, Academic Conference, "Emerging Genres in Contemporary Cinema", 2012

"Emerging Genres in Contemporary Cinema", Scan Journal of Media and Arts and Culture, 2012

Material Affects - The Body Language of Film, VDM Verlag Publishing, Germany, 2012

Circles, (10 mins, 16mm & 8mm film) Writer, Director & Editor
Released on DVD by Accent Film Entertainment, 2008

Muspilli, (9 mins, 16mm film), Writer, Director & Editor
Released on DVD by Accent Film Entertainment, 2008

Rosebery 7470, (90 mins, 16mm feature film), Writer, Director & Editor, Released on DVD by Accent Film Entertainment, 2008
Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, 2008

Feature Films

Zombie Massacre III, (90 mins, mock-documentary, HD)
Writer, Director & Editor. Shot on location in Dawson City, Canada, 2012

The Performance Artist, (Working Title, 90 mins, Gonzo Production Documentary, HD) Writer, Director & Editor, 2012

Significant Exhibitions

Nude Study, (90 mins, 35mm & HD digital video), shown at:
Atlanta Underground Film Festival, USA, 2011
Kansas International Film Festival, USA, 2011
Indie Spirit Film Festival, California USA, 2011
Yellowknife Film Festival, Canada, 2011
Sunscreen Film Festival, California USA, 2011
Minneapolis Film Festival, USA, 2011
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, USA, 2011
Berlin Film Festival, Germany, 2011
Mexico International Film Festival, Mexico, 2011
Las Vegas International Film Festival, USA, 2011
Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland, 2011
Dawson City International Film Festival, Canada, 2010
Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Perth, 2011
London Underground Film Festival, London, 2010
Tel Aviv GLBT Film Festival, Israel, 2010
Arizona Underground Film Festival, USA, 2010
Atlanta Underground Film Festival, USA, 2010


Awards
Best Foreign Drama Feature, Nude Study (90min Feature Film), Atlanta Underground Film Festival, 2011

Artist Residency, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture
Dawson City, Canada, 2010

Creative Catalyst Award, Creative Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009