Teodora Ana Mihai was born in Bucharest, Romania, under Ceausescu’s regime. In 1989 she came to Belgium and was reunited with her parents, who had fled the year before. In junior high, the opportunity arose to study in California and Teodora completed the last two years of high school at the French American International High School in San Francisco. Soon, inspired by her father’s previous passion for photography and the artistic environment of San Francisco she found that she wanted to explore reality through image and sound. She went on to study film at Sarah Lawrence College in upstate New York. Upon returning to Belgium, she first started working in the industry as a script supervisor and assistant director, followed by a stint in the TV industry. Soon, she started working on her own projects.
Her films take on the challenge of striking a balance between social relevance and audio-visual poetry. After directing the award-winning documentary WAITING FOR AUGUST, which was nominated for the European Film Awards in 2014, Teodora became a member of the European Film Academy. She continues her film work with enthusiasm, currently developing with her Belgian based company One for the Road bvba, two features set in Mexico, in collaboration with Mexican writer Habacuc Antonio De Rosario: LA CIVIL and LOS OLVIDABLES.
Her film THE PACKAGE, co-directed by Dušan Kasalica, was selected at the 51st Directors’ Fortnight. Her latest work is the movie LA CIVIL (2021) which was selected at the Sarajevo FF 2021.