Shelter Film - Changing the narrative: Female-centric films by female-identifying filmmakers.
Julia is an award-winning American filmmaker and actress of film and theatre. She is the founder of Shelter Film, a New York-based independent film company dedicated to creating films about women and minorities, made by female-identifying and minority filmmakers.
Shelter's current project, THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL, a feature in development, is the true, untold story of the last witch hunt in Scotland.
THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL is a quarterfinalist in ScreenCraft Film Fund 2019 and has won the following awards:
Best Screenplay - Big Apple Women's Film Festival 2019
Best Screenplay - Queen Palm International Film Festival 2018
Best Dialogue - Queen Palm International Film Festival 2018
Shelter’s inaugural project, '116', a film Julia directed, wrote, and produced, with a female-majority, intersectional crew, has screened in over 50 festivals and won 26 awards
Best Short Film - European Independent Film Awards 2018
Best Narrative Short Film – Gold Award – Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Director – Gold Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Cinematography – Silver Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Editing – Gold Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Actress – Gold Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Supporting Actor – Silver Award - Pinnacle Film Awards 2018
Best Female Filmmaker - Direct Short Online Film Festival 2018
Best Comedy - Global Film Festival Awards Los Angeles 2018
Best Female Director - Sicily International Film Awards 2018
Best Producer - Oniros Film Awards 2018
Best Short Film - Worldwide Women's International Film Festival 2018
Best Short Film - Mykonos Film Festival 2017
Best Short Film - NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
Best Director - NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
Best Female Director - European Cinematography Awards 2017
Best Actress - NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
Best Actress - Symi International Film Festival 2017
Best Actress - American Filmatic Arts Awards 2017
Best Film Idea - Mediterranean Film Festival 2017
Spotlight Award for Excellence - Elevation Film Awards 2017
Award for Distinction - Canada Shorts International Film Festival 2017
Best Lighting - Creation International Film Festival 2017
Best Color Treatment - Creation International Film Festival 2017
Best Visual Effects - Worldwide Women's International Film Festival 2018
In addition to Shelter Film, Julia founded Shelter Theatre Group NYC, a company dedicated to equality on stage, through gender-blind, age-blind, and color-blind casting. She has produced and directed 13 productions in NYC, including the critically acclaimed Macbeth on LES.
As an actress, film and TV appearances include starring in NBCUniversal's Dementia 13, Shelter Film's 116, Ryan Lonergan's Kill the Monsters, Pamanhikan (Vale Film Festival winner); Pink Moon (Big Apple Film Festival winner); A Day with Conrad Greene; Homicide City, One Life To Live (ABC); Tattinger’s, and The Equalizer, to name a select few.
Julia has appeared Off Broadway as Hecate in the OBIE, Drama League, and Drama Desk Award-winning hit show Sleep No More produced by Punchdrunk; Villainous Company; and Lucille Lortel Award-winning Queen’s Company’s The Wonder; as well as with Theatre Askew, Red Bull Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Folger Shakespeare.
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    The Paisley Witch Trial - Pilot
    Television Script
    116 2017
    Short
    116 Official Trailer2017
    Other
  • Acting (2 Credits)
    116 2017
    Short
    116 Official Trailer2017
    Other
  • Director (2 Credits)
    116 2017
    Short
    116 Official Trailer2017
    Other
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    116 2017
    Short
    116 Official Trailer2017
    Other
  • Production Designer (1 Credit)
Best Screenpaly
The Paisley Witch Trial - Pilot
Big Apple Women's Festival 2019
New York, NY
2019
Best Short Film
116
Worldwide Women's International Film Festival 2018
Scottsdale, Arizona
2018
Best Dialogue, Feature Script, Bronze Award
The Paisley Witch Trial - Pilot
Queen Palm International Film Festival 2018
Palm Springs, CA
2018
Semi-Finalist
116
Kingman International Film Festival 2018
Kingman, AZ
2018
Best Feature Script - Bronze Award
The Paisley Witch Trial - Pilot
Queen Palm International Film Festival 2018
Palm Springs, CA
2018
Best Visual effects
116
Worldwide Women's International Film Festival 2018
Scottsdale. Arizona
2018
Official selection
116
Romance Film & Screenplay Festival 2018
Toronto
2018
Official selection
116
Chandler International Film Festival 2018
Chandler, AZ
2018
Official selection
116
Prague Film Awards 2018
Prague
2018
Official Selection, Semi-Finalist
116
Los Angeles CineFest 2017
Los Angeles
2018
Official selection
116
Chautaugua International Film Festival 2018
Jamestown, NY
2018
Official Selection
116
New York Short Film Festival 2017
New York, NY
2017
Best Female Director
116
European Cinematography Awards 2017
Warsaw
2017
Official Selection, Finalist Best Film
116
AltFF Alternative Film Festival 2017
2017
Best Film
116
Chelsea Fasion & Film Festival 2017
New York, NY
2017
Nominated Best Director, Official selection
116
Largo Film Awards 2017
Largo
2017
Best Actress
116
Symi International Film Festival 2017
Symi
2017
Offical Selection
116
Tryon International Film Festival 2017
Tryon, North Carolina
2017
Best Short Film
116
NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
New York, NY
2017
Best Director
116
NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
New York, NY
2017
Best Actress
116
NYC Indie Film Awards 2017
New York, NY
2017
Best Actress
116
American Filmatic Art Awards 2017
Brooklyn, NY
Winner - Awrad of Distinction
116
Canada Shorts International Film Festival 2017
Toronto
Official Selection, Finalist, Best Actress
116
FIFF Filmstrip International Film Festival 2017
Winner - Spotlight Award For Excellence
116
Elevation Film Awards 2017
Dublin
Best Color Treatment Award
116
Creation International Film Festival 2017
Official selection
116
Austin Spotlight Film Festival 2018
Austin, Texas
Official Selection, Finalist Best Film
116
RedCorner Film Festival 2017
Berlin
Offical Selection
116
NewFilmmakers NY 2017
New York, NY
Best Film Idea
116
Mediterranean Film Festival 2017
Syracuse
Official Selection
116
AFC GLobal Fest 2017
Official Selection
116
International Women's Film Festival KIN 2017
Official Selection
116
Oslo Independent Film Festival 2017
Oslo, Norway
Official Selection
116
BLOW-UP International ArtHouse FIlm Festival 2017
Chicago, Illinois
Official Selection
116
LA San Rafael Film Festival 2017
San Rafael
Official Selection
116
Florence Short Film Festival 2017
Florence
Finalist
116
I Filmmaker International Film Festival 2018
Marbella
Best Lighting Award
116
Creation International Film Festival 2017
Toronto
Current City
New York
Julia challenged the Maryland Board of Education, exercising Title IX, and became the first girl in the United States of America to play on an all-boys' soccer team.
Her team won first place in their league that year.
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
Shelter Film - Changing the narrative: Female-centric films by female-identifying filmmakers.