With over 25 years experience in the International Distribution, Coproduction and Licensing & Merchandising businesses, including roles as Head of International Distribution at Alphanim Paris (now Gaumont Animation), and Mediatoon Paris Julie has also spent 15 years as Founder and Managing Director of award winning* French indie distributor awol animation. With a B.Ed degree from the Froebel and Trinity Colleges Dublin, Julie's first professional experience which has informed her years in the animation industry was as a primary school teacher for 4-12 year olds in Ireland.
Julie is a regularly invited speaker and jury member at industry events globally including Kidscreen Summit, Cartoon Connection, Annecy Animation Festival, the CNC Innovation Fund Paris, the Irish Film Board, CMC International Day Sheffield UK and the Rockies Jury, Banff World Media Festival Canada.
She frequently leads international training courses and mentoring sessions for creators and new producers including Northern Ireland Screen Belfast’s Aim High Training Programme in Cannes, Creative Europe Media in association with Animation Skillnet’s Training Programme Dublin, ACE Fair Korea etc....
*awol animation was the first French animation distributor to receive Cartoon Forum’s Distributor of the Year award. awol animation was also the first French distributor to break into the Chinese marketplace.