Producer, film director and scriptwriter Anca Damian graduated in cinematography from the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest. After several nationally acknowledged and awarded films, she has earned international attention for her experimental animated documentary Crulic – The Path to Beyond (2011), which had its world premiere in competition at the Locarno Film Festival. The film has won over 35 awards and toured more than 250 festivals since then, including Copenhagen, Busan, BFI London FF, CPH: DOX, Telluride, Istanbul IFF and Annecy, where she received the Cristal Award. In 2015, The Magic Mountain, a Romanian/French/Polish
co-production, narrating the life story of mountaineer and photographer Adam J. Winkler, had its world premiere in Annecy and the international premiere in Karlovy Vary IFF in the Main Competition where it received a Special Mention of the Jury.