Adina is an award-winning writer/director and co-founder of ToyBox Films

A London Film School graduate with a background in writing for television, Adina has garnered international support and recognition from institutions and funders including the MEDIA Programme, the European Commission, Clermont-Ferrand Euro-Connection, Berlinale Short Film Station, Film London, Nisi Masa, Northern Film & Media and the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Her short films have been distributed theatrically and online in Europe, Asia and the US through Interfilm, Shorts International and Kinolife.

A BAFTA Guru Pro and BFI NET.WORK alumna, Adina is also a member of Cinesisters London, a collective of award-winning female directors dedicated to the creation of more films by and about women. 


Adina is in post-production with 512 Hours with Marina Abramovic, a feature documentary about the artist’s 2014 durational performance at the Serpentine Galleries. Co-directed and co-produced together with ToyBox Films co-founder Giannina La Salvia, the project participated in the 2018 IFP Completion Labs, as well as US in Progress (American Film Festival in Paris).

She is also in development with EVE, her debut feature. Shortlisted for the Sundance International Screenwriters’ Lab, the project has received support from the Venice Biennale College Cinema 2015/2016, the Wellcome Trust, Connections @ Edinburgh IFF, Creative Skillset, EAVE, IFP No Borders Co-Production Market (2016) and Film London’s Production Finance Market (2018).   


 © Adina Istrate 2019