Julia Jansch: Writer/Director

Julia Jansch is an award-winning filmmaker, whose work has been showcased by Disney+, MTV Docs, and The New Yorker. Julia’s artistic mission is to uncover what makes us most human, while also exploring the inner wounds that reveal where we can transform and evolve. Julia began her career working in development at FremantleMedia (UK, LA) and RadicalMedia (NY). After a decade of experience in the film and television industry, she founded Southern Point Pictures.

Her documentary short, My Father the Mover, won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2020 and was subsequently acquired by MTV Studios. Veteran filmmaker and the film’s executive producer, Sheila Nevins, described the film as a “fight for breath and air amidst the current deadly stillness in the world.” The film also earned a nomination for the prestigious Critics Choice Award. In 2022, Julia’s film ELSA premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was later acquired by The New Yorker. Her most recent documentary short, The Academy, is set to premiere on Disney+ in 2024. Currently, Julia is in the process of packaging her debut narrative feature, The Big Five.

Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Stellenbosch, a Master’s in International Relations and an MBA, both from the University of Oxford. She also holds a filmmaking diploma from The New York Film Academy. 

Through Southern Point Pictures, Julia continues to push the boundaries of storytelling, seeking out the universal in untold stories, worlds, and individuals. Her films are acclaimed for their poetic essence and spirited narratives, contributing a unique depth to the cinematic landscape.