President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 16th Sarajevo International Film Festival in 2010.
Member of the 'Un Certain Regard' jury at the 60th Cannes International Film Festival in 2007.
President of the jury at the GoEast Film Festival Wiesbaden in 2012.
Lives in Bucharest, Romania.
Considers director Lucian Pintilie's Reconstruction (1968) the most important Romanian feature film..
Is an admirer of David Perlov's Diary 1973-1983 (1983).
Teaches Film Direction at the 'National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale"' (U.N.A.T.C. "I.L. Caragiale").
Puiu studied at the ESAV (École Supérieure d'Arts Visuels), Geneva, Switzerland from 1992-96. He first studied Painting and changed after one year to Film Studies. He created several short films of which "Before Breakfast"(1995) was selected in 1995 for the Locarno Film Festival. In 1996 he received a diploma from the ESAV for his short documentary "25.12. Bucharest, North Railway Station"(1996). The thesis he wrote there, which he says still guides him, was titled "Notes on a Poetic Realist Cinema".
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 12th Transilvania International Film Festival (May 31- June 9, Cluj-Napoca) in 2013.
President of the jury at the 3rd 'Pelicam International Film Festival about Environment and People' in Tulcea 2014.
Tribute at the 19th Sarajevo International Film Festival in 2013.
Member of the 'Best First Feature' jury at the 61st Locarno International Film Festival in 2008.
Speaks English, French and Romanian fluently.
President of the 'International jury' at the 21st Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF) in 2017.
President of the 'International Feature Film Jury' at the 'Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema Festival' in 2017.