Stella Velon is an AMERICAN actress and writer

Stella most recently wrapped shooting The Critic, her directorial debut, which she wrote and also starred in, and for which she has won multiple awards, among them Best Actress at the Queen Palm International Film Festival and Best Director at the 2018 UK Film Review Awards, joining an impressive list of critically-acclaimed films such as Alfonso Cuarón's Roma and Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born.

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 five stars on IndieShortsMag.com", among other accolades.

Stella is also developing a girl-powered comedy series inspired by her modeling years in New York City under the helm of her production company The Punk Floyd Company, which she co-founded together with former 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 as a filmmaker has been influenced by the likes of Christopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky.

SAG-AFTRA | Los Angeles

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RECENT PRESS

“…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 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 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’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]

The heart and soul of the film is unquestionably Velon, who manages to convince as both a confident, award-winning actress and as a young woman with a fragile façade… It's powerful, disturbing actually, to watch Velon's entire being shift throughout the interview - her language, her facial expressions, and her body language all revealing every little transition in subject and tone.

[The Critic] is Velon's baby and what an amazing baby it is to behold.”

– THE INDEPENDENT CRITIC [RICHARD PROPES]

“Velon has written and produced a powerful indie…

The film deals with heavy material, and, from its start, Velon (who also stars in the film as the actress) positions herself as a serious filmmaker… It requires a terrific physical performance of tears and pain from Velon, and she delivers the pain – both psychological and physical – is palpable, and Velon (through her direction and acting) makes us feel it.

THE MOVIE BUFF [Mark Ziobro]


 
 

ACCOLADES

indie shorts mag – editor’s pick

The Best Of All, From 2018! (‘The Critic’)

UK Film Review AWARDS – Winner

Best Director ('The Critic')

QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Winner

Best Actress ('The Critic')

Best Short Film – First-Time Filmmaker (‘The Critic’)

 

KINOFILM MANCHESTER – Runner Up

Women in Film Award – ('The Critic')

 

BOSTON FILM FESTIVAL – Nominee

Best Short Film (‘The Critic’ – Stella Velon, Dir./Jean Gabriel Kauss, Prod.)