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 all over the US, and educated in Chicago and New York. While her work traverses genre and tone, she is drawn to specific worlds and character-driven stories.
She has written, directed, and produced many short films, screening at festivals like Denver, Woodstock, Indie Memphis, Cucalorus, Los Angeles, and Clermont-Ferrand, and premiering online via Seed&Spark and NoBudge. Her award-winning MFA thesis, CRICK IN THE HOLLER, received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant.
Her feature and episodic scripts have been recognized by institutions including the Academy Nicholls Fellowship, Sundance Institute, and Tribeca Film Institute, and her one-hour pilot script, WAR IS KIND, was awarded the Lisa Rubin Award for Best Drama Teleplay and Faculty Selects at the 2019 Columbia University Film Festival.
She also collaborates with other filmmakers & artists on projects, like directing sci-fi short AVA IN THE END, (written/EP'd by Addison Heimann of KAPPA FORCE) and c0-writing a feature script based on the coming-of-age story of genre-defying musician Martha Redbone and produced by Emily McEvoy (RADIUM GIRLS).