Stella Velon is an American actress (SAG-AFTRA), writer and director based in Los Angeles

Stella most recently made her directorial debut with the award-winning short film ‘The Critic.

Focused on personal and visceral storytelling, Velon has garnered stellar reviews for her work on the film as a performer, writer, and director. The film launched at the 2018 Boston Film Festival, earning a number of awards on the festival circuit, including the coveted Best Director prize at the 2018 UK Film Review Awards (in the company of Oscar-winning heavyweights such as Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' and Bradley Cooper's 'A Star Is Born'), Best Short Film at the 2019 Method Fest, Best Actress & Best Short at the Queen Palm International Film Festival, and also became Indie Shorts Mag's Editor's Pick – "The Best Of All, From 2018!".

UK Film Review described Stella's portrayal of the main character of the Actress as "one of the best leading performances of the year", and Indie Shorts Mag wrote: "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." 'The Critic' became "the first short to receive 5 stars" on the latter and was dubbed "a sublime piece of indie film magic" by One Film Fan, among other accolades.

As a performer, Velon has appeared in film and TV shows such as 'Baskets' (FX), 'Men in Black 3', 'Gossip Girl' (CW), etc., and has trained at some of the most prestigious drama schools in Paris, New York, and Los Angeles.

As a creator/screenwriter, she is currently working on a single-camera girl-powered comedy series, inspired by her modeling years in New York City. The show is fully fleshed out and is in active development in collaboration with fashion super agent, and former president of JGK Inc., Jean Gabriel Kauss.

Velon grew up obsessively watching 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.

Stella is perfectly bilingual (English/French), and also holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Paris X.



The Critic | Official Website:

Watch The Critic on Amazon Prime:

Watch The Critic on the UK Film Channel:



“Stella Velon’s The Critic was named best short.”

– The Hollywood Reporter [Gregg Kilday]

“…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…”

– 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]

“Stella Velon proves to be a triple threat in her directorial debut, ‘The Critic’… Her performance as a talented
but uncertain actress is exquisite in creating psychological mystery… The script is a powerful foundation which is intensified tenfold by the performances of the protagonists. Stella Velon’s debut film, ‘The Critic’ is hopefully the start of many to come!”

– Indy Reviews [Editor]

“Velon ably carries the film. Her wealth of expressions do far more work than any dialogue could, admirable for anyone directing themselves.”

– Acting Hour [Sophie London]




— 15 + Awards —


Grand Jury Prize (‘The Critic’)

Best First-Time Filmmaker (‘The Critic’)

Best Actress (Nominee)


Best Short Film (‘The Critic’)

Best Actress (Nominee)

INDIE SHORTS MAG – Editor’s Pick

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


Best Director (‘The Critic’)


Royal Gem Diamond Award (Festival Standout)

Best Actress (‘The Critic’)

Best Director - Short Film (‘The Critic’)

Best Writer - Short Film (Nominee)


Women in Film Award (‘The Critic’)



Best Short Film (‘The Critic’)





Interview: Voyage LA Magazine

The Critic wins the Grand Jury Prize and the Best of Fest ‘Queen Supreme’ award for Best Short (First-Time Filmmaker) at the 2019 Annual Queen Palm International Film Festival and Awards Show in Palm Springs, CA.

Read more ➟

Palm Springs premiere of The Critic at the 2019 Annual Queen Palm International Film Festival awards show on July 14th. More info:

nominee: Best short (first-time filmmaker) & BEST ACTRESS

The Critic is now available on Amazon Prime UK.

The Critic premiers the UK Film Channel (VOD). Watch from anywhere in the world for just £1.99

The Critic launches on Amazon Prime as part of Amazon Studios’ inaugural All Voices Film Festival for underrepresented short filmmakers in the U.S.

“Stella Velon’s The Critic was named best short [at The Method Fest]” — The Hollywood Reporter

Stella Velon’s The Critic is Indie Shorts Mag Editor’s Pick – “The Best Of All, From 2018!”

Stella Velon named Best Director for The Critic at the 2018 UK Film Review Awards

Stella Velon’s The Critic is a Festival Standout and wins 7 other awards (including Best Short & Best Actress) at the Queen Palm International Film Festival December 2018 Edition

Film Local article: Stella talks about the making of The Critic

Stella Velon’s “The Critic is the first short to receive 5/5 stars on”

View All ➟