Ellie Foumbi is an actor/writer/director/producer born in Cameroon. She moved to the United States at a young age and studied classical French theatre at the French-American School of New York.
Her award-winning short film, Zenith, was a 44th Student Academy Awards Semifinalist and an African Movie Academy Awards Nominee in the Best Short Film category. She was invited to participate in New York Film Festival’s prestigious Artist Academy. Her films have been selected to screen at several international film festivals, including Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sidewalk, BOGO Shorts, Champs-Élysées and Pan African Film Festival. She’s the recipient of the Jesse Thompkins III Award in Screenwriting and the IFP Marcie Bloom Fellowship. She is also a Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Fellow where she workshopped the script for her debut feature, which was an Austin Screenplay Competition Semifinalist. She was one of five writers chosen for the 2016 Hedgebrook-Humanitas Screenwriters Lab.
Ellie is holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts.