team, Julia Wagner, HEARTWAKE films, Company Portfolio, about, producer, founder, creative producer
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JULIA WAGNER | founder & producer


Julia Wagner develops and produces fiction and documentary films for the national and international markets.

Julia started her film career in 2005 in post-production and gathered experience in different positions of filmmaking before heading into production.

Julia worked with and for various production companies and broadcasters around Germany as producer, creative producer, script consultant, 1st AD and production manager.

She developed and produced numerous fiction feature, short and documentary films, which widely travelled festivals and won several prizes. Films Julia worked on include SEGUNDO TEMPO (Rubens Rewald, BRA/GER, Rio Film Festival 2019) with HEARTWAKE films, IN THE AISLES (dir: Thomas Stuber, Berlinale Competition 2018) and WHAT DOESN’T KILL US (dir: Sandra Nettelbeck, Locarno 2018) for Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, the NBC Universal mini-series CULPA for Readymade Pictures (dir: Jano Ben Chaabane), DARK SUGAR (dir: Kristin Franke), BEELZEBUB (dir. Barbara Ott) and THE WHITE TREASURE (dir: Eva Katharina Bühler, DOK Leipzig 2011).

Julia holds a diploma from Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, studied at FAMU Film & TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and received a scholarship for the ’Hollywood Workshop’ Masterclass at UCLA in Los Angeles.

Julia is a lecturer in the production department at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, where she also teaches and consults for the GENDER IN PROGRESS seminar line, and teaches seminars on film production at SAE Institute Berlin.




2020 IFFR Rotterdam Lab

2019 EAVE European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs Producer’s Workshop

2019 Producers Network Cannes

2018 IDFA Academy

2017 Propellor Film & Tech Innovation Hub, Kickstart Programme, IFFR Rotterdam

2016 Berlinale Talents

2013 Producers Workshop, Marché du film, Cannes

2013 prIME-Cup Germany, Management & entrepreuneur competition training, SAP AG

2013 GoEast Young Professional Programme, Wiesbaden

2012 'Become a CoProducer' programme by Robert-Bosch-foundation & SarajevoFilmFestival


member of WIFT Women in Film and Television Germany, EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network, HVC Hauptverband Cinephilie, French-German Filmacademy & Produzentenverband e.V.




COMPANY PROFILE - what we want and how we work

team, Julia Wagner, HEARTWAKE films, Company Portfolio, about, producer, founder, creative producer, shooting DARK SUGAR, SCHWARZER ZUCKER Leipzig, Berlin

HEARTWAKE films GmbH develops, produces and coproduces fiction and documentary films with German and international talent for the local and international market. HEARTWAKE films seeks to develop and promote risk-taking stories with inspiring characters, innovative artistic vision and unique power to engage audiences.


We embrace diversity in all its forms to produce films that challenge the status quo. With a portfolio of projects with feminist and queer protagonists, diverse female leads, or underrepresented voices taking action, HEARTWAKE films provides space for filmmakers and projects, to work and grow - with one another and within the industry.


July 2020: Another great week for our project MASCHA with Full Circle Lab & EWA Network during Forum Alentours 2020:


June 2020: Great news keep coming: OIF Fonds Images de la Francophonie is joining the support engine for EMBODIED CHORUS. Thank you, OIF team & jury!


June 2020: Most wonderful news bring happiness, hope & progress:

IDFA Bertha Fund Europe is supporting our project EMBODIED CHORUS. Thank you!


April 2020: Thank you Filmland MV: Writer Carl Gerber receives the scholarship for the Film residency Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with our project MASCHA


March 2020: Thank you German-Polish Film Fund of FFA, Medienboard, MDM & Polish Film Institute for development funding for our project THE QUEEN OF THULE (WT), written by Paula Redlefsen, directed by Ewa Wikiel; produced by HEARTWAKE films in coproduction with KOI Studio Warszaw:


December 2019 - Rendez-Vous Franco-Allemands, Mulhouse :

It's official: The Full Circle Lab Upper Rhine, run by Matthieu Darras & Nadja Dumouchel, reveals their 6 projects for the 2020 edition, and we are in it with MASCHA (written by Carl Gerber, directed by John Kolya Reichart).

This is amazing news and we look forward to continuing this journey with you!



August 2019 - We are grateful & happy: 2 amazing partners confirmed funding support for EMBODIED CHORUS:


Thank you AFAC Arab Fund for Arts and Culture!



And thank you Asian Cinema Fund AND by the BUSAN International Film Festival.  

EMBODIED CHORUS is among the lucky 17 out of 3687 submitted projects to receive the fund. This is incredible!


Exciting: Julia has been selected to be part of the EAVE producers workshop 2019. Looking forward to great training and networking with amazing mentors and inspiring colleagues!




ElGouna Springboard 2018

"Best Project In Development"

EMBODIED CHORUS, team, El Gouna Springboard, Mohamed Sabbah, Danielle Davie, Yara Abi Nader, Julia Wagner, HEARTWAKE films, winner, award


Berlinale 2018 DubaiFilmFestival Award @ Robert Bosch FilmPrize

EMBODIED CHORUS, team, Robert Bosch Film Prize, Florian Weghorn, Berlinale Talents, berlinale, Film festival,, Mohamed Sabbah, Danielle Davie, Yara Abi Nader, Julia Wagner, HEARTWAKE films, winner, award


EAVE producers workshop 2019, julia wagner, europe film production

EAVE Producers Workshop


Full Circle Lab Upper Rhine


Pop Up Film Residency


Yara Abi Nader for

Madame Le Tapis, Lebanon

please reach out if you want your information/ our partnership linked here..


Lecturer and member of the production committee of Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


also at Filmakademie BW:

Seminar on genederbias- & diversity-awareness in character development and the making of our films; together with Julia C. Kaiser (writer/director of our common project LOOSE)



Consultation on the GENDER IN PROGRESS series at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg


HEARTWAKE films / Julia Wagner is a member of EWA European Women's Audiovisual Network


EWA European Audiovisual Women's Network Film, HEARTWAKE films

HEARTWAKE films / Julia Wagner is a member of WIFT Germany


women in film and television WIFTG