Cristian Nemescu was born in 1979 in Bucharest. He graduated from Bucharest’s Academy for Theatre and Film in 2003. His short films (In Apartment Buildings People Are Crazy About Music, Mihai and Cristina, C Block Story and Marilena From P7) earned him a well-deserved place among Romanian directors. Nemescu has won numerous international prizes. In 2007, his directorial debut California Dreamin’ won the Grand Prix of "Un Certain Regard" section in Cannes Film Festival. In August 2006, Nemescu died in a car crash together with his sound engineer Andrei Toncu. Nemescu’s producer started a short film festival in Bucharest, called NexT, in memory of Nemescu and Toncu.