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Julia is an Iranian-American Writer/Director whose works spans across the narrative, documentary, and commercial landscape. Through film, she aims to shed light on underrepresented stories that capture life’s candid beauty.


In 2018, her short film YASAMIN, based on her mother’s story of immigration, was a Grand Jury Prize Nominee at the 2018 AFI Film Festival. In 2022, she associate produced the short documentary

LONG LINE OF LADIES which world premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and won the grand jury prize at SXSW. In 2021, she produced the short documentary titled TEAM MERYLAND which was acquired by The New Yorker and PBS' POV Shorts Program. 

Julia's short narrative film, WINTER OF '79, had it's World Premiere at the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival, and is available to watch on Vimeo or Omeleto. Her latest short,

IN THE GARDEN OF TULIPS, world premiered at the Aspen Shortsfest, winning the "Youth Jury Award", it also won an Oscar® qualifying award for "Best Live Action Short Film" at the St. Louis Int. Film Festival, and will be screening next at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France. 

When it comes to commercial work, Julia has worked with a range of clients like Amazon, Nike x Togethxr, and Sqaure. Julia was selected as a finalist for the 2023 Commercial Directors Diversity Program, endorsed by the AICP and the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

In the future, Julia hopes to tell more stories that remind us to savor the small beauties of life.

© 2021 Julia Elihu

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