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JULIE KALCEFF

COMMON LANGUAGE FILMS

A graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting, Julie is the creator, writer, director and a producer of the international hit multi-platform drama Starting From Now. Attracting both critical and popular acclaim, the series is one of Australia’s most successful multi-platform projects. It has amassed over 110 million views, been watched in over 230 countries, and was screened on broadcast television in Australia.

With Starting From Now, Julie went against the online comedy trend and created a web series model which is now used as a case-study around the world. Julie has helped raise public awareness around the lack of diversity on screen and has paved the way by embedding diverse characters in stories with broad appeal.

In 2017, Julie was commissioned by the ABC to write and direct First Day, a stand-alone television episode about a 12 year-old transgender girl starting high school. First Day won the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Award for Kids’ Programming and the Gender Equity Prize at the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International Children’s Television Festival. Julie was nominated for an Australian Directors’ Guild Award for Best Direction of a Children’s TV or SVOD Drama. She won the Best Screenplay Award at the Mardi Gras Film Festival for her work on First Day, which also picked up the Audience Award.

JULIE KALCEFF

Writer/Director/Producer

DIVERSITY AND REPRESENTATION IN KIDS CONTENT: MIRROR OR MIRAGE?

Innovation Hub, Meeting Room 11, Level 1

Media is the primary driver for shaping children’s social and cultural beliefs, self esteem and increasingly, behaviour and unconscious bias.  The role of television and digital media as educator and inductor into the ways of the world is more powerful and intrusive than any other time in the screen age. We speak to the trailblazers […]

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