Julia Sokolnicka






Born in Warsaw (Poland) in 1983, Julia Sokolnicka is an experimental and documentary filmmaker, writer and researcher based in Amsterdam. She’s an author of music, and dance videos and visual concepts for theatre and commercials. As a researcher she moves between social philosophy, video and performance.


She continuously collaborates with other artists on projects in the field of theatre, dance, performance art and video art, working in Europe and in United States. Her film work comes from documentary practice and discusses the presence of an author in the cinema, and the space of the cinema itself, as well as performativity of filmmaking.

Her work is shown both on film festivals as in gallery spaces.


She studied Philosophy at Warsaw University and film directing in Warsaw’s Wajda School, and later in NFTS of University of Silesia in Katowice (PL). In 2014 she moved to Amsterdam where she graduated with Master of Film artistic research degree in 2016, with her documentary archive live mixed in the cinema “Digital Nomads” (2016) as well as a research “Reality and Realness- the selfie movie” on the use of mobile technology as a cinematic tool, building intimacy in the documentary film practice.


She worked as a journalist and photo journalist for Polish, nongovernmental organizations online service ngo.pl in Warsaw, writing about cultural politics of the city. In 2012 she started an art directing company Susok first engaged in social entrepreneurship around ethical trade and vintage, organizing spaces outside of shopping malls, where residents of different ages and backgrounds could meet. She then moved to art directing and costumes and set design for theatre film and commercial media projects. Susok continues in Amsterdam as a Dutch freelance company, realizing commercial film projects, product styling and art directing consultations.


As a documentary filmmaker she worked for teatr.pl co-creating an online television focusing on theatre in Poland. She then self produced few short documentaries and music video’s. Her short documentary “Side Roads” (2015) has received an international festival recognition.




April/May 2018 Transeuropa Fluid Hildesheim (DE)

April 2017 – Instytut Adama Mickiewicza – Program Kultura Polska na Świecie – support for the presentation -Digital Nomads – Kassel, Germany at Documenta 14


2017-… – Art residency in Urban Resort, project “Lely” Amsterdam, CAWA- office for arts Gemente Amsterdam supported project integrated with the Refugee integration program.


WOW Amsterdam, art residency within CAWA Gemente Amsterdam


2015- Bekker La Bastide Fond Rotterdam – Scholarship for the talented students for finishing studies in the Netherlands.



October 2017

Pamoja Goods weekend Takeover, Pamoja Foundation, Kraków (PL)

October 2017

RIXC Festival and Conference “Virtualities and Realities”, Riga, Latvia
with “Digital Nomads”- performative lecture and video/sound installation at ?kim Contemporary Art Centre


August 2017
“Simple Gestures” – Feiertag gallery Kassel, Germany. Video and sound installation. Performance in collaboration with Marcin Kaminski


July 2017
Kassel KMMN – “Digital Nomads” Presentation within the context of Documenta 14, invitation by Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany


June 2017
Das Arts – Theatre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“We are not watching the past yet” A theatre play in collaboration with Szymon Adamczak-
Video, performance, text


May 2017
Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam, Netherlands ,Techno Therapy with collective Physical People, within FLAM Forum For Performing Arts festival 2017, performance, Intervention


April 2017
Haus Der Kulturen der Welt “Forcast Forum” – presentation of the project “Playing the self” within the moving image group mentored by Björn Melhus


January 2017
Eighteen 29 gallery Amsterdam – presentation within exhibition “Plug it In” with the video work “THE TECHNO” in collaboration with Nicholas Bazzano (NYU) and a presentation of the “Digital Nomads”


June 2016
Eye Institute Amsterdam – Video installation and a performative lecture with “Digital Nomads”


March 2016
WOW Amsterdam – Video Installation with selected Video work – Open Studios


March 2016
“Bookstore invites Julia Sokolnicka” Bookstore Space, Bookstore Foundation Amsterdam Solo Exhibition with video installations “Possibility of a film “ and “Landscape of transition”


September 2015
Video installation WOW Amsterdam


May 2015
Exhibition “Light Seminar” – curated by Gabriel Lester – Collaboration Between Academy of Architecture and Film Academy Amsterdam




Forecast Forum – Berlin, Haus Der Kulturen der Welt – official selection – Moving Image group


Wrocław 2016 – Studio New Horizons for young filmmakers- Creative Europe




Best documentary film – “Side Roads”, Los Angeles International Culture Film Festival

Best documentary film – “Side Roads”, Mumbai International Film Festival


“In the Head” Off Camera Film Festival – Best Short film Allegro Film Competition 2009

Special Mention „Łodzią po Wiśle” festival – Script Award for “Los Warszawiaka” Finale of “Museum of Warsaw Uprising “ Film competition with a short film “Wybór”





Online research Publications for Master of Film studies at Nederlandse Filmacademie (AHK) in Amsterdam.














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