Julie Kalceff is an award-winning writer, director and producer. A graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting, Julie has been working in the film and television industry for over 15 years.
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 33 million views, been watched in over 230 countries, and was also sold to and played on broadcast television in Australia.
Starting From Now has screened on the global festival circuit, winning a number of awards including the Outstanding Diversity Award at Melbourne WebFest, 2017; the IAWTV Award of Recognition at Hollyweb Fest, 2017; the Audience Award at the Mardi Gras Film Festival, 2016; Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series at LA WebFest, 2016; and Best Web Series at She Webfest, 2015. Julie was the sole writer and director on all 30 episodes of the series and was a producer on all five seasons.
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 also helped raise public awareness around the lack of diversity on screen. She has paved the way by embedding diverse characters in stories with broad appeal. Julie is highly sought after as a speaker, panelist and judge at industry events and festivals.
Julie’s award-winning short films have also screened in numerous festivals around the world. Her short, ex, was an official selection at over 20 film festivals, winning awards such as the Panavision Award, My Queer Career: Mardi Gras Film Festival, and Best Gal’s Short, Phoenix International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She was a writer/director on the 2011 web series The Newtown Girls.
Julie recently received development funding through Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative and is currently in development on her half-hour drama series Torn. She was also 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.
Julie is an external assessor for Screen Australia and is the founder and director of the Sydney-based production company Common Language Films. Common Language Films focuses on developing and producing high quality stories for the screen, utilizing humour to tell dramatic, character-driven, female-centric stories that appeal to a wide audience.
She is also co-founder and co-director of newly created Starting From Now Productions with producing partner, Rosie Lourde.