b. 1990, Nuremberg, GE
Ursula Ellis is a writer/director and recent MFA graduate in screenwriting & directing from Columbia University. A recovering Army brat from everywhere and nowhere with roots in Appalachia, she is committed to telling stories that explore underrepresented aspects of the American experience.
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, and was a nominee for the Humanitas Prize's David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship and a 2018 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund finalist.
Currently, Ursula is in post-production on her proof-of-concept short film, FOR GEORGE ON HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY, starring esteemed stage & screen actors Michael Esper (FX's TRUST, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, FRANCES HA) and Allie Gallerani (THE INSTITUTE, AN IRRATIONAL MAN, PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN), directing projects for hire (including the sci-fi short AVA IN THE END, currently in post-production), and developing various feature and TV pilot scripts.