Ellen Houlihan is an award-winning narrative and commercial film director whose work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Perez Hilton, Splitsider, Nerdist, Brett Ratner's social media channels and MTVu. She has received numerous honors/awards including an Emmy at the College TV Awards, acceptance to New York Film Festival's Artist Academy and Shoot Magazine's New Directors Showcase as well as an AICP Shortlist nomination, a Cannes Lions Young Director Award and a $10K cash prize from Avion Tequila for her latest campaign. Film festivals include: the prestigious New York Film Festival, Gen Art Film Fest, the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Fest and NY Shorts Fest, Raindance, ITV Festival, Carmel Art & Film Fest (where Clint Eastwood is a juror), Cannes Film Festival's Short Film Corner, Chicago Comedy Film Festival and many others.
Ellen has a decade of production and development experience in both Los Angeles and New York covering major motion pictures, indie film, commercials, animation, digital and branded content featuring A-list talent.
She has studied at Art Center College of Design (MFA), Fordham University (BA) and professional training programs including Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Groundlings and UCLA's screenwriting program.
Click around EllenHoulihan.com to explore her links, and check out her in-depth interview with Shoot Magazine, which discusses her current projects, background and influences.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION:
2014 Raindance Film Festival
2014 ITV Festival
2014 Oscar-qualifying NY Shorts Festival
2014 Cannes Film Festival Creative Minds Screening
2014 Los Angeles festivals: Playhouse West, iO West Scripted Comedy, Comedy Ninja, Ladyfilmmakers Festivals
2014 Hometown- Hoboken International Film Festival
2014 Best Viral Video- Avion Tequila ($10K reward)
2013 New York Film Festival Artist Academy
2013 Gen Art Film Festival
2013 Carmel Art & Film Festival
2013 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner
2013 Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Festival
2013 Chicago Comedy Film Festival
2013 AICP Show Shortlist
2013 Shoot Magazine New Directors Showcase
2013 College Emmys- Winner
2013 Los Angeles ADDY Award- Silver
2012 Cannes Young Director Award- Winner
2012 Porsche International Advertising Film Award- Best of All Entries
2012 Top Ten Finalist, Talenthouse FIlmmaker of the Year
2012 Brett Ratner/Tom Ford PSA contest- second highest number of votes
2012 Telly Award - Silver
2012 Telly Award - Bronze
2012 Los Angeles ADDY - Bronze
2011 Moondance International Film Festival- Semi-Finalist
2012 Broad Humor Film Festival- Official Selection
2011 Action on Film Festival- Official Selection
The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Perez Hilton, The Philadelphia Inquirer, MTVu, Backstage West, Shoot Magazine, Shots Magazine and more. Twitter and Facebook support from Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Jim Gaffigan, Tig Notaro and Marc Maron.
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