b. 1990, Nuremberg, GE
Ursula Ellis is an LA-based director & writer and recent Columbia University MFA film grad. An Army brat with Appalachian roots, she was born in Germany, raised throughout the South, Midwest, and East Coast, and educated in Chicago and New York. While her work traverses genre and tone, she is drawn to specific worlds and character-driven stories that explore the murky territory between intention and action.
She has written, directed, and produced many short films, screening at festivals like Woodstock, Indie Memphis, Cucalorus, Citizen Jane, Los Angeles, and Clermont-Ferrand. Her MFA thesis, CRICK IN THE HOLLER, received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant, as well as the IFP Audience Choice Award and Faculty Jury Honors at the 2017 Columbia University Film Festival. Her feature script, ANOMALIES, placed in several competitions including the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, was nominated for a student Humanitas Prize, and was a 2018 Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Fund finalist.
Most recently, Ursula completed proof-of-concept short film, FOR GEORGE ON HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY, starring stage & screen actors Michael Esper and Allie Gallerani, which played at the 2018 Denver Film Festival. She also directs projects for hire, including sci-fi short AVA IN THE END (written and executive produced by Addison Heimann of KAPPA FORCE), and is developing various feature and TV pilot scripts.