Julia Jansch is a South African writer/director/producer based in New York. After a decade of experience in development (FremantleMedia & RadicalMedia) she ventured into wild indi waters and has been focused on her own voice as an independent filmmaker.
Her short documentary, My Father The Mover (2020) has been selected to screen in four Oscar-qualifying festivals. Her narrative short, Far From The Castle (2019) has seen recognition from festivals such as the ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival; Oldenburg International Film Festival; Shnit Worldwide; Silwerskermfees; Video Art and Experimental Film Festival; International Short Film Festival in Drama and more.
With a background in branded content, Julia is also commissioned by brands and platforms to create short form content. Her PSA, Open Your Eyes, commissioned by Convicts, featured on Boooooom TV and last summer she was commissioned to create five films featuring South African rapper, AKA.
Julia has an an MSC in Global Governance and an MBA, both from Oxford University and a filmmaking diploma from The New York Film Academy. She has two series in development, and is currently writing her first feature.
Julia is stirred by characters and narratives that unveil what makes us most human. Her stories are often psychological, offbeat, and brought to life through unusual micro-universes and lyrical imagery. There’s a mischievous undercurrent in her work, alluding to the complex nature of the human condition. Julia’s worlds run parallel to our own, often opening a window into the darker sides of our nature. Her audiences may be lulled in, but it’s not long before their abruptly catapulted out, oftentimes through harsh lessons learned.
Julia is on the advisory board of The Wellbeing Project – an Ashoka-backed organization focused on creating a culture of Wellbeing for change-makers.