Stella Velon is an LA-based actress and writer

Stella most recently wrapped shooting The Critic (2018), her directorial debut which she wrote and also starred in. Her work on the film has been lauded by critics calling her writing and direction "exceptional" and her performance as the main character of the Actress "one of the best leading performances of the year" (UK Film Review). The film was dubbed "a sublime piece of indie film magic" (One Film Fan) and also became "the first short film to receive 5 stars on", among others.

Stella is also developing a girl-powered comedy series inspired by her modeling years in New York City, in collaboration with fashion super agent Jean Gabriel Kauss.

Velon has studied at some of the most prestigious drama schools in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles and spends her time between those three. Perfectly bilingual she also holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Paris X.

As a kid, she was obsessed with Baz Luhrmann's ‘Strictly Ballroom’, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’ and her latest work has been influenced by the likes of Christopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky.



…A powerhouse performance. Velon is incredible in this role she wrote and is able to direct herself through a wonderful selection of intense and compelling scenes with skill… Her character’s experience… is so entrancing in its brutality and should resonate with a large amount of viewers.

For me, a jaded male critic, i would still say this is one of the best leading performances of the year so far.
— UK Film Review [Chris Olson]

Velon brings charm, an undeniably innocent allure, and a deeply grounded sense of vulnerability in her role as the actress, a fresh face on the scene who’s coming off a recent awards win for a performance…

Velon just makes you experience every little iota of joy, then initial uneasiness, then full-out anger and panic the character goes through to such a stirring degree, a gorgeous performance without question.
— One Film Fan [Kirk Fernwood]
Velon outshines everything in the film! Her performance, be it her body language or the nuanced expressions or even something seemingly insignificant as the posture are so sharp that it’s hard not to be affected.

From her writing & direction to acting, she has done it with such finesse, that it’s a pity that we can’t rate her any higher.
— Indie Shorts Mag [Nimisha Menon]

Velon’s performance is excellent and poignant...

She grabs you from the start, establishes an emotional connection with the audience, and then straps you in on an emotional roller coaster ride.
— Film Threat [Alan Ng]