Julia Popkiewicz is a graduate of the Directing program at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School, University of Silesia. Over her 20-year-long career, she has worked as a casting director and First A.D on over 50 Polish and international productions, working on award-winning and high profile projects. Notably, “Volta” by Juliusz Machulski, “Suicide Room” by Jan Komasa, “In The Name of…” by Małgorzata Szumowska, “Sonata” by B. Blaschke, “80 Million” by W. Krzystek and "Ja, Olga Hepnarova" by T. Weinreb, P. Kazda, "Mother" by Lee M. Jones and "Strawberry Days" by W. Ericsson, among others. Popkiewicz was first to cast a slew of actors who now define their generation. Among the them are: Bartosz Bielenia, Filip Pławiak, Michalina Olszańska, Jakub Gierszał, Mateusz Więcławek and most recently Michał Sikorski. Their acting debuts were recognized and awarded by European Shooting Stars, the Polish Feature Film Festival, and the Polish Film Awards, respectively. Her book “Casting: The Actor and Director’s First Meeting”, published in 2017, was the first book about the casting process written by a Polish filmmaker. She is a lecturer at the Warsaw Acting School and the AMA Film Academy in Krakow. For over 10 years, she regularly conducts casting workshops for new actors. She is a member of the Polish Filmmakers Association and the Polish Ethnological Society.
Children, Comedy, Commercials, Documentary, Film, International, Musical theatre, Stage / Theatre