A tremendous crash course for screenwriters, TV writers and filmmakers on the essentials of directing your first feature film. Even if you've never thought about directing, don't miss Julia's incredible nuts-and-bolts course on what it takes to direct your first independent feature. Who knows - maybe it'll inspire you to want to direct your first script?



Veteran filmmaker Julia Verdin is a multi-hyphenate – she is known as an accomplished producer, award-winning Director and has written a number of screenplays.

Having been in the film business for 30 years, Julia has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, with over 36 critically acclaimed feature films produced to date. She founded and has been running Rough Diamond Productions since 1995. She has also recently made her mark as a writer and director and has just completed directing her third film.

Julia is known for developing great material and has hands-on produced many films from inception all the way to release. Julia has an excellent overall knowledge of all aspects of filmmaking including story development, casting and packaging, budgeting, financing, on set production skills, festival strategy, and getting films sold and out into the marketplace. She has great creative instincts, excellent people skills, good at problem-solving and solution orientated and knows how to run a set smoothly and bring the best out of everybody involved.

Some of the memorable, acclaimed theatrical releases and top film festival favorites Julia has produced, include 2 Jacks, directed by Bernard Rose, based on the Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars”: the film starred Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset, and Billy Zane; Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes starring Thomas Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher, and David O’Hara; Sony Pictures Classics released The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Joseph Fiennes; and Riding The Bullet based on a Stephen King story, directed by Mick Garris, and starring David Arquette, Jonathan Jackson, Erica Christensen, and Barbara Hershey. Julia’s faith-based film, The Least Among You was a Lionsgate release, starring Lou Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly, and William Devane, and featured in major festivals, being nominated for two N.A.A.C.P awards.


Julia also Executive Produced the 2015 Lionsgate release Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson, starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia.


Recent producing work includes Pursued for director Jeffrey Obrow, starring Sam Trammell, Molly Ringwald, Angus Macfayden and Miesha Tate and Paul Sorvino and One by One directed By Jeffrey Obrow, starring Dwight Yoakam and Christopher Lloyd both in post-production and the recently released The Unwilling starring Dina Meyer, Lance Henriksen and Jake Thomas which has won many awards at top horror festivals.

Julia will also be hearing pitches in the Story Expo Pitching Room.

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