Appearing in films, on television and stage, Ioana Flora had one of the lead roles in Cristi Puiu’s Stuff and Dough, alongside Dragos Bucur and Alexandru Papadopol. This was the first Romanian picture selected in 2001, at Cannes’ Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, and was credited with starting the New Wave of Romanian cinema. She received the Best Actress Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival for Hooked (2008), directed by Adrian Sitaru, followed by three prestigious national awards: Best Romanian Actress (2016) for Back Home directed by Andrei Cohn, Best Supporting Role for Outbound (2012), directed by Bogdan Apetri, and Best Romanian Film Artist in 2012. She then took home the Best Actress Award at the Aubagne International Film Festival for A long Story (2014), directed by Jorien van Nes, and was awarded the Best Actress award by the Romanian Cinema Union for her part in Deja Vu (2014). Ioana has mostly had leading parts in acclaimed Romanian movies that have won prizes at international film festivals. In 2012 she was back on the silver screen in Adrian Sitaru’s Domestic, followed by the Dutch-Romanian co-production A Long Story, directed by Jorien van Nes and Déjà Vu (2013), a Romanian independent film directed by Dan Chisu. Last year, three of the films Ioana Flora has been in will be released in Romanian and international cinemas: One floor below, directed by Radu Muntean, selected for Cannes 2015 – Un Certain Regard, followed by Back Home, directed by Andrei Cohn – a movie that opened the European Film Festival in Bucharest this year and was shown in competition across the festival circuit. Ioana turns in a profound role in this film, playing the lead female character. Lastly, there is Tie, an independent short film by Marius Olteanu, which had its international premiere at Busan IFF. Ioana also supports young Romanian directors and students by appearing in their short and debut films. In 2012 she was in Berlin International Film Festival for the Talent Actors Stage. She is also a preeminent stage actress, acting in both national and underground stages and being popular with both audiences and critics. She has a Yugoslavian background, having been born and raised in Novi Sad, and speaks both Romanian and Serbian fluently, as well as having cultural familiarity with both nations.