Julius Onah was born in 1983 in Nigeria but was raised in Arlington, VA and Washington D.C. after having lived in the Philippines, Nigeria, Togo, and The United Kingdom. He currently resides in New York City.
Onah received his BA in theater from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and attends the graduate film program at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he was selected as a Dean's Fellow and a recipient of a Wayfare Entertainment Ventures Production Award. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship. In 2009 Onah was selected as a directing talent at the Berlin Talent Campus and in 2010 as part of Tribeca All Access.
Onah's films include Linus which aired on mtvU and received a 1st place prize in the Calvin Klein Student Film Competition, Szmolinsky which screened in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, The Boundary which was designated by Amnesty International as one of its "Movies That Matter" and is currently airing on HBO and Nie Patrz Wstecz which won the Grand Jury Prize in the Nokia Mobile Movie Competition at the Camerimage Film Festival in Łódź, Poland and was an official selection of the BFI London Film Festival. He is currently developing his debut feature The Girl is in Trouble with executive producer Spike Lee.
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