Starting out as a print and TV journalist, Ellis is a screenwriter born in London and currently living in Berlin where he is Head of Screenwriting and Development at the DFFB.
His screenwriting credits include the feature Princesa, which screened at Sundance and won best foreign narrative at the LA Outfest; comedy feature, January 2nd and the acclaimed short, Coming Down.
As script consultant, he has worked on many films including Henrique Goldman’s Jean Charles, Laura Plancarte’s Mexican docudrama, Tierra Caliente and Almost Heaven, Carol Salter’s feature documentary, screened this year at the Berlinale.
Ellis began teaching screenwriting at the London Film School where he developed his highly successful Writer’s Gym, a series of creative writing workshops for screenwriters, directors and producers. From 2010, he became a regular lecturer at the DFFB Berlin.
He has also held workshops at the Binger Filmlab; the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles; The Scuola Holden in Turin; the Luxembourg Audio Visual Centre and the Berlinale Talents.
In March 2017, Ellis moved to Berlin.