b. 1990, Nuremberg, GE
Ursula Ellis is an LA-based writer, director, 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 genres, she is committed to telling character-driven stories, with a focus on underrepresented regional settings and subcultures.
She has written, directed, and produced numerous 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 screenwriting competitions including the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, was nominated for the Humanitas Prize's David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship, and was most recently a 2018 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund finalist.
Ursula just completed post-production on her proof-of-concept short film starring stage & screen actors Michael Esper and Allie Gallerani, FOR GEORGE ON HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY, which premiered at the 2018 Denver Film Festival. She is also directing projects for hire, including the sci-fi short AVA IN THE END (written and executive produced by Addison Heimann of KAPPA FORCE), and developing various feature and TV pilot scripts.