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 a 2018 African Movie Academy Awards Nominee in the Best Short Film category. Her films have been selected to screen at several international film festivals, including Sidewalk, BOGO Shorts, Champs-Élysées and Zanzibar International Film Festival, among others. Her producing credits include the Student BAFTA Award Winner and Gold Student Academy Award-Winning short film, “Nocturne in Black.” 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 her debut feature screenplay for, Zenith. She won First Place Producer at the Caucus Foundation's Gold Circle Award. She is one of 5 writers chosen for the 2016 Hedgebrook-Humanitas Screenwriters Lab.
Ellie is holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts.