Ioana Maria Uricaru
Ioana Maria Uricaru was born and raised in Romania, where she lived through her country’s totalitarian regime and the anti-dictatorship popular uprising. She relocated to Los Angeles upon admission to the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production Program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she received the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Scholarship. Her thesis film The Sun and the Moon was screened at several international festivals. She also has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bucharest and has been collaborating with USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute. Uricaru co-directed the omnibus feature Tales From the Golden Age, an Official Selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and was a fellow of the Residence de la Cinefondation, a program of the Cannes Film Festival, in 2009 and 2010. Her short film Stopover premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and she is currently completing post-production on The Witness, a short film funded by a Sloan Foundation Production Award. Ioana Maria Uricaru was awarded a Production grant at USC in 2007 for The Witness and the Sloan Comissioning Grant at the Sundance Institute in 2011 for Paperclip