JÚLIA MACHADO is a Brazilian filmmaker and a PhD student at Aarhus University. With a keen interest in cinema’s thought- provoking qualities, she has been developing and combining her analytic and creative skills since 2006. She has taught and organized film workshops and film screenings and has worked as an independent filmmaker, film editor and collaborator in many cinema, television and web productions. This year, she is releasing The Red Trilogy in which she investigates the dramatic powers of sexuality in short film narrative as part of her PhD practice-based research.
Her interest in the coming of age process in marginalized areas was a theme at the beginning of her work. By the end of her Bachelor in Journalism, she made her first short film A Cidade dos Jovens with adolescents living in the famous favela Cidade de Deus (City of God). The documentary won the OCIC Honorable Mention Award at Rio International Ethnographic Film Festival 2006. Later came the experimental short film Paó Sem Palavras (2008, co-directed by Daniel Paes) where she begins to investigate character-based storytelling style focusing on the bodies and their meanings.
She has been scriptwriting and editing her projects and has refined her editing skills working at renowned production companies in Brazil in various productions such as TV-series, TV-programs, reality show, advertisement, institutional films, and video teasers screened on cable channels (HBO, Multishow, Futura). In 2009 Júlia participated as a second film editor and a collaborator in the screenplay in the feature documentary Utopia e Barbárie (Utopia and Barbarism, 2009) by the Brazilian filmmaker Silvio Tendler. Nominated for the best editing award in the Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro, the film was a significant learning experience as it combines new shootings with a massive historical archive of political events collected along nineteen years of the production process.
In 2010 together with colleagues, Júlia developed a film workshop for teaching film production and film culture to favela residents in the city of Rio. After writing a master thesis on Lars von Trier’s cinema, she moved to Denmark to make her PhD there in 2012. Júlia has been teaching film classes at Aarhus University and presenting papers at international conferences ever since.
(as short film director)
THE RED TRILOGY: BLISS / FEMME / PARADISE (2016)
PAÓ, SEM PALAVRAS (2008)
Festivals: V Ibero Brasil Cine Festival, Hutúz, FestCine Amazônia
A CIDADE DOS JOVENS (2006)
OCIC Honorable Mention Award at RIO International Ethnographic Film Festival 2006