Octav Chelaru was born on September 30, 1991 in Piatra Neamt, Romania. He started making amateur films when he was 14 years old, using his relatives as actors. While in college, he directed music videos, ads and produced short films for other directors. Among the short films that he directed, we mention OCCUPIED(2015) - winner of the Best Romanian Short at Timishort IFF; PRIVATE PARTY (2017) – selected for Tirana IFF; and BLACK CLOTHES(2017), financed by the Romanian Film Center and produced by Radu Stancu (deFilm), selected in competition for Locarno IFF and Valladolid IFF. Currently, Octav is in development with his debut feature, BALAUR.