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Juanita Wilson

Writer / Director

Irish writer and director Juanita has just finished her second feature film, ‘Tomato Red’, which she adapted for the screen from the Daniel Woodrell novel (writer of Winter’s Bone, a 2011 Academy Award® Best Picture Nominee) of the same name.

Juanita followed up her Oscar nominated first film, ‘The Door’, with an equally hard hitting true story from the Bosnian War, ‘As If I Am Not There’, based on Croatian journalist Slavenka Drakulic’s book of the same name. The film went on to win the prestigious Silver Pyramid at the Cairo International Film Festival in December 2010.

‘As If I Am Not There’ was nominated for Most Valuable Film of The Year at Berlinale European Cinema For Peace alongside ‘Gods and Men’ and ‘The Social Network’. It won the The Film Award of The Council of Europe at the Istanbul Film Festival 2011 as well as Best World Picture at the Phoenix Film Festival 2011, Best Feature Film at Long Island International Film Expo 2011, Rhode Island Film Festival 2011 and Moondance Film Festival 2011. She won Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Film at the 2011 Irish Film and Television Academy Awards in February 2011.

Juanita was named among Variety’s top ten directors to watch for in 2011, the only woman to feature on the list.

‘The Door’ was shot on location in Pripyat and Kiev in the Ukraine and so far has received worldwide critical acclaim both for its moving story and its cinematic imagery. The Academy Award® nomination in March 2010 followed a number of awards throughout the world including Bilbao International Film Festival Golden Medal for Fiction; Irish Film and Television Academy Award for Best Short; Foyle Film Festival Best Irish Short; Cork Film Festival Clare Lynch Award for Best First Time Director.

At the Sarajevo Film Festival in August 2009, Stellan Skarsgard awarded Juanita the prestigious Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Bursary which recognises ”a new creative voice in cinema, showing the independence, singularity and integrity of spirit that the actress exemplified in her own lifetime”.

Before Juanita started directing she jointly developed and produced two powerful award winning feature films; ‘H3’ written by surviving Irish hunger striker Laurence McKeown about his prison experience, and ‘Inside I’m Dancing’ about the quest for independent living by two Dublin men with disability. ‘H3’ won the Bergamo Film Festival Audience Award in 2002 and ‘Inside I’m Dancing’, starring James McEvoy in his break out role, won the Edinburgh Festival Audience Award in 2004, was in the official Selection for Sundance in 2005, and won the Irish Film and Television Audience Award for Best Film that same year.

Born and reared in Dublin, Juanita studied Fine Art in the National College of Art and Design and, after a year living and studying in Paris, went back to achieve first place on the postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management in UCD.

Not afraid to take on strong subjects, and driven by a desire to discover and explore what it means to be human, her work, to date, combines her love of image-making with her desire to tell powerful stories about the resilience of the human spirit.

Juanita has optioned another Daniel Woodrell novel, ‘The Ones You Do’ and has also optioned ‘Unremarried Widow’ by Artis Henderson which she has adapted for the screen.

Credits

FEATURE FILM
Date: 2017
Production (role):
TOMATO RED (Writer / Director)
Company:
Octagon Films
Date: 2010
Production (role):
AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
Company:
Octagon Films / IFB / Element Pictures
SHORT FILM
Date: 2008
Production (role):
THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Company:
Octagon Films / IFB
Project details:
Nominated for Best Short Film at the Academy Awards 2010
AWARDS
Date: 2012
Production (role):
Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild
Project details:
Best Feature Film Script: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
Project details:
Best Film: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
Project details:
Best Director: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
Project details:
Best Script: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Variety Director to Watch Award
Project details:
For AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Phoenix International Film Festival
Project details:
World Cinema Best Picture: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Istanbul International Film Festival
Project details:
Film Council of Europe Award: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Cairo International Film Festival
Project details:
Silver Pyramid: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
Date: 2010
Production (role):
82nd Academy Awards, US
Project details:
Best Live Action Short Nomination: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Bird’s Eye Festival, London, UK
Project details:
Best Short: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Date: 2010
Production (role):
Roma Irish Festa, Italy
Project details:
Best Short: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Date: 2009
Production (role):
Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
Project details:
Best Short: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Date: 2009
Production (role):
Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia
Project details:
Katrin Cartlidge Award: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Date: 2009
Production (role):
World OFF Film Awards, Warsaw, Poland
Project details:
Best Director: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Date: 2008
Production (role):
Bilbao International Festival of Short Films, Spain
Project details:
Golden Mikeldi: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Date: 2008
Production (role):
Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
Project details:
Best First Short by an Irish Director: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Date: 2008
Production (role):
Foyle Film Festival, Ireland
Project details:
Festival Prize Best Short: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
Date: 2006
Production (role):
Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
Project details:
Best Irish Film: INSIDE I'M DANCING (Producer)
Date: 2005
Production (role):
Media Access Award
Project details:
For INSIDE I'M DANCING (Producer)
Date: 2004
Production (role):
Edinburgh Film Festival
Project details:
Audience Award: INSIDE I'M DANCING (Producer)
Date: 2002
Production (role):
Bergamo Film Meeting
Project details:
Golden Rosa Camuna: H3 (Producer)

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): TOMATO RED (Writer / Director)
    Company: Octagon Films
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
    Company: Octagon Films / IFB / Element Pictures
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
    Company: Octagon Films / IFB
    Project details: Nominated for Best Short Film at the Academy Awards 2010
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Project details
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild
    Project details: Best Feature Film Script: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
    Project details: Best Film: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
    Project details: Best Director: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
    Project details: Best Script: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Variety Director to Watch Award
    Project details: For AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Phoenix International Film Festival
    Project details: World Cinema Best Picture: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Istanbul International Film Festival
    Project details: Film Council of Europe Award: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Cairo International Film Festival
    Project details: Silver Pyramid: AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): 82nd Academy Awards, US
    Project details: Best Live Action Short Nomination: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Bird’s Eye Festival, London, UK
    Project details: Best Short: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): Roma Irish Festa, Italy
    Project details: Best Short: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
    Project details: Best Short: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia
    Project details: Katrin Cartlidge Award: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2009
    Production (role): World OFF Film Awards, Warsaw, Poland
    Project details: Best Director: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): Bilbao International Festival of Short Films, Spain
    Project details: Golden Mikeldi: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
    Project details: Best First Short by an Irish Director: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): Foyle Film Festival, Ireland
    Project details: Festival Prize Best Short: THE DOOR (Writer / Director)
  • Date: 2006
    Production (role): Irish Film and Television Academy Awards
    Project details: Best Irish Film: INSIDE I'M DANCING (Producer)
  • Date: 2005
    Production (role): Media Access Award
    Project details: For INSIDE I'M DANCING (Producer)
  • Date: 2004
    Production (role): Edinburgh Film Festival
    Project details: Audience Award: INSIDE I'M DANCING (Producer)
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): Bergamo Film Meeting
    Project details: Golden Rosa Camuna: H3 (Producer)
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