Julia Armine is an award-winning director.
Julia was born on December 31, 1989, in Abovyan, Armenia. Growing up in Armenia, television was a big part of Julia’s upbringing. Julia’s parents worked full time to afford basic living things and were barely home. To keep Julia and her siblings entertained, Julia’s parents would leave the TV on. Unknowingly, Julia spent most of her childhood in front of the television and slowly but surely she fell in love with filmmaking. By the time she was 11 years old, she was filming all family gatherings with an old Sony camcorder that her aunt sent her from the U.S.
In 2010, Julia moved to the U.S. in pursuit of a better and safe future. That same year, at the age of 21, Julia was diagnosed with stage three Lymphoma cancer. During her battle for a second chance at life, Julia turned to filmmaking as a creative outlet to cope with such a tough experience. The fast-paced nature of the onset work ow matched her fighting spirit and opened up boundless opportunities to both supervise and participate in the production.
With this passion in heart, Julia applied to various film schools and in 2015 got accepted to Television, Film, & Media Studies Program at California State Univerity, Los Angeles. It did not take long for Julia to distinguish herself at the new school. Julia’s intelligence, curiosity, sense of purpose took the campus by storm and helped catapult herself to administrative positions. The TVF department quickly noticed Julia’s superb work ethic and hired her as a teaching assistant and a member of the student production unit, a group that produces professional media projects for the Los Angeles community. In 2016, as a member of the Student Production Unit -- in collaboration with Skid Row Housing Trust and Hauser & Wirth Gallery -- Julia was hired to direct a documentary titled ‘Piece by Piece.’ Directing this project was transformational for Julia; it was an honor to direct a film that showcases how art elevates the homeless population of Skid Row Housing Trust in a healing way, in a powerful way and brings the community together.
In 2017, Julia was one of 48 students to be chosen from a total of 24 schools and programs across the country and Canada to be part of the 2017 NAB Sony Student Internship Experience. There she received training on Sony broadcast production equipment and made product presentations to attendees of NAB.
While working several jobs and attending school, Julia created several award-winning short films, documentaries, and music videos. In 2017, music video ‘Ophelia,’ which Julia dedicated to the loving memory of her cousin Ophelia, was awarded for the best music video and best directing at LAIFFA 2017, GIFF 2017, and GEFF 2018.
Recently, Julia received her B.A. in Television, Film, & Media Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. Currently, she is finishing up a web series called ‘Picture Society’ in colaboration with Golden Eagle Productions, which will be aired on Golden Eagle Television.