Julia Schmitz (1993, NL) is a filmmaker (and photographer) whose work challenges the separation of fiction and nonfiction in both the medium itself, as in her subject matter. After experimenting with documentary film installations at the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague, NL), she continued her research in representation methods at the MA Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths University (London, UK). In her work, Schmitz lightheartedly investigates subjects with complex and miscellaneous characters, such as the many theories of female sexuality and its anatomical imaging. Or, her grandmother. She is interested in how narratives are shaped, and what role images play in this process. With an essayistic approach, she connects image and sound in somewhat mischievous but poetic manners, that aim to discover the personal as well as the political in ways of seeing and constructing realities.
“The artist biography should always be written from the third person”. Now that’s out of the way, I want to say that I just love to make films and photographs, and I do this on a freelance basis as well. From videography to photography, and from directing to editing. So, please do contact me if you want to collaborate. Looking forward to it already.
2018-2019 MA Visual Anthropology, Goldsmiths University, London
2013-2017 Interactive/Media/Design, Royal Academy of Arts The Hague
2012-2013 Communication & Multimedia Design, Hogeschool van Amsterdam
2020 Come Here Come Here – The Hague Film Festival
Winner Best Documentary
2020 Pre-Postmortem Recordings (short documentary with Diane Mahin)
Museumnacht, Museum Tot Zover
2019 Come Here Come Here – Screening at Curzon Goldsmiths
Awarded the Paul Watson Price – Best Audiovisual Project of 2019.
2019 Finding Artemisia / Un-Heroic Traditions (short documentary with
Luisa-Maria MacCormack) – screening at Brixton Village, London
2019 Under Construction – A Video Essay – Prelon Musk: Acts of Kleinness,
Selected by BFI: best film essays of 2019
2018 Tropical Fish in the North Sea – Festimi, Amsterdam
2017 Royal Academy of Arts Graduation Show
2013 CSI: VBW, GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague NL
2013 On all fours, TodaysArt Festival, The Hague NL
Freelance film & photography
Clients include: i.a. Zam Magazine, Touchy Studios, Vigics, Lynk & Co, London Drawing Group, Storyboard Agency ( i.a. Van Dobbe, Rituals, ANWB, ASICS, Jack Daniels, Heineken), Lipcote&Co London, Vuile Huichelaar, Markttheater, Heineken Experience, Transnatural Gallery, Studio Philip Vermeulen, Studio Margherita Soldati, Humanity House, WeMakeVR, Stukafest, Van Gogh Experience.