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Ellie Wen

Ellie Wen

Documentary Film and Video
B.A. in Drama, Minor in Sociology, Stanford University, 2009
MFA in Documentary Film and Video, Stanford University, 2019


Ellie Wen is an award-winning filmmaker from Hong Kong and Los Angeles. She began her career in Los Angeles where she produced numerous short films and narrative features. She has also worked at CAA, CBS Films, and Super Deluxe in all aspects of Film and TV. Ellie is an alumna of Film Independent's Project Involve fellowship program.

Her first short documentary "Single Mother Only Daughter" premiered on Short of the Week and is a Vimeo Staff Pick. She released a short documentary series on Participant Media's digital platform SoulPancake about social entrepreneurs around the world.

Ellie recently received her MFA in Documentary Film from Stanford University where she produced four short documentary films. "Share," has screened at DOC NYC, Frameline, Big Sky, DOK Leipzig, and was released on The Guardian this summer. For her film "On Mother’s Day," Ellie was awarded the Best Local Filmmaker Award at the UN Women Global Voices Film Festival. Her film “25 Hours” was recently announced as a finalist in the WrapWomen and Starz film contest and will be aired on Starz. During her final year in the MFA program, Ellie received the UFVA Carole Fielding Student Grant for her thesis film, "The Missfits."

She now resides in San Francisco and is developing her first feature documentary.



UFVA Carole Fielding Grant, 2019

The Missfits

HD video
June, 2019
Video Duration: 20:53 min.


An all-girls robotics team competes to smash stereotypes and prove themselves in a male-dominated field, while also trying to get through high school.

On Mother's Day

HD video
June, 2018
Video Duration: 6:28 min.


An intimate look at how mass incarceration impacts a mother on Mother’s Day.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Local Filmmaker Award, UN Women Global Voices Film Festival, 2019
Documentary Short Winner, Oakland Short Film Festival, 2019
San Francisco Black Film Festival, 2019
National Black Film Festival, 2019
Pan African Film Festival, 2019


HD video
Co-directed by Barna Szász
March, 2018
Video Duration: 12:36 min.


An 18-year-old Instagram influencer attempts to reconcile his identity online with his identity in real life.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

InspirASIAN Student Film Award, CAAMFest, 2019
Nominee, Young Eyes Film Award, DOK Leipzig, 2018
Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, 2019
Atlanta Film Festival, 2019
Salem Film Fest, 2019
Seattle Asian American Film Festival, 2019
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2019
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, 2018
DOC NYC, 2018
San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2018
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2018
Boston Asian American Film Festival, 2018
TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, 2018
Eau Queer Film Festival, 2018
Outfest, 2018
Frameline Film Festival, 2018

25 Hours

16mm Black & White film
December, 2017
Video Duration: 5:32 min.


A firefighter works a 24-hour shift, balancing her job and new motherhood.



June 15, 2019
Cubberley Auditorium
June 14, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
March 20, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
December 12, 2017

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium


February 20, 2018 to March 2, 2018
McMurtry Building; Gunn Foyer and Miller Discussion Space