2022 WEG SHORT FILM LAB FELLOW
Born in Trinidad by way of New York, Juliet Romeo is an award-winning filmmaker living in South Florida. Romeo often uses her life experience as a Caribbean woman of color with a disability to create unique and authentic narratives that positively impact people’s lives. Romeo strongly believes in the importance of setting the scene to tell a great story. She enjoys writing romantic dramedies that are women-centered and empowering, focusing on social issues and bringing awareness to diverse disabled voices.
Juliet is a recipient of the W.E.G and ASFI 2022 Short Film Lab film grant, the Blackmagic Collective: All Access Initiative fellowship. She’s a #StartWith8 Mentee and a selected Fellow and alumni of the Respect Ability Summer Lab 2021. She is one of thirteen filmmakers nominated by PBS and chosen for the Firelight Media Groundwork Lab 2019.
She has written, produced, and directed over a dozen screenplays, documentaries, and series.Her documentary, J.U.L.E.S, was chosen for the debut season of PBS’ Film-Maker, and it won the Doc Without Borders 2020 award and screened at American Black Film Festival. The following year she was awarded the 2021 Doc Without Borders award for her second documentary for PBS, “Art Of Warriors”, highlighting the impact Covid-19 has had on the sickle cell community.
Juliet’s latest film is a horror short titled Cooptation and is currently streaming on Shudder in 2022. She is now in early production of her feature documentary Sickle 2 Circle, a passion project that tackles the systemic racism in the healthcare system that is directly focused on and affects sickle cell patients and their quality of life.
Romeo is also the founder of UNSTOPPABLE Films, a disability-focused program that debuted with the Slamdance Film Festival 2021. UNSTOPPABLE is a blueprint for festivals to include, showcase and celebrate the brilliant works and stories of the disabled community. Romeo has worked with Hulu, Google, YouTube, and ARRAY to create opportunities and accessibility for disabled filmmakers.