Julia Camara

Writer / Filmmaker

Julia Camara is a Brazilian writer/filmmaker. Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, she freelanced for years as a Portuguese translator for film and television subtitling. She has written and directed several award-winning short films. Her feature directorial debut IN TRANSIT, an experimental drama shot mostly in one day and with improvised dialogue, won Best Experimental Film at four different festivals. Julia also wrote the sci-fi feature AREA Q (starring Isaiah Washington), the road movie OPEN ROAD (starring Andy Garcia, Juliette Lewis and Camilla Belle), and the award winning sci-fi found footage feature OCCUPANTS (starring Star Trek: Voyager's Robert Picardo). OCCUPANTS has screened at 150 festivals all over the world and has won over 100 awards including a Telly Award for writing. Julia teaches Screenwriting at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She developed two brand-new courses since she started teaching; Inclusive Screenwriting, a course designed for the development of stories around underrepresented communities, and Writing a Low Budget Feature Film. In the Fall of 2020, Julia self-published the eBook THAT’S WHAT SHE WROTE, a collection of articles and interviews about screenwriting and filmmaking. Some of Julia’s writing can be seen on Wescreenplay blog, LUZ COLLECTIVE, STUDENT FILMMAKER MAGAZINE, and MS. IN THE BIZ archives.