Catalin Mitulescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1972. He studied Geology in Bucharest and after that spent a couple of years living and traveling Austria, Hungary, Poland and Italy. In 1996, he returned to Romania to study film directing, at the Film University in Bucharest, where he graduated in 2001. In college and after graduation, he directed award winning short films such as Bucharest-Wien, 17 minutes late (Cinefondation, Cannes, 2002), and Traffic (Palm d’Or Cannes 2004). His feature debut, The Way I Spent the End of the World won the "Un Certain Regard" award for Best Actress, Dorotheea Petre in 2006. In 2004, Catalin founded the film production company Strada Film, which has become over the years one of the leading production companies on the Romanian film market. Since then, Catalin has co-wrote and produced short films such as The Boxing Lesson, A Good Day for a Swim (won the Golden Bear, Berlin, 2008), Music in the Blood and the feature film If I Want to Whistle I Whistle (won the Jury Grand Prix and the Alfred Bauer Award in Berlin, 2010).