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Stella Velon is an American actress, writer, and director based in Los Angeles.

Stella most recently made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed and multi-award winning drama 'The Critic', which she also wrote and stars in as the female lead.

Focused on personal and visceral storytelling, Velon garnered stellar reviews for her work on the film as a performer, writer and director. Since its launch at the 2018 Boston Film Festival, 'The Critic' has won over 24 festival awards, including one of the four First Prizes at Amazon Studios' inaugural 2019 All Voices Film Festival (judged by the co-Head of Movies at Amazon Studios Julie Rapaport, Head of Diversity at Amazon Studios Latasha Gillespie, and Founder and CEO of IMDb Col Needham), 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 FestBest Actress & Annual Grand Jury Prize at the Queen Palm International Film Festival (alongside 2019 Emmy-winning documentary 'Crime + Punishment') 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 dramedy 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), holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Paris X, and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Women Directors.

LINKS

The Critic | Official Website: thecriticfilm.com

The Punk Floyd Company (Co-founder): punkfloydco.com

Watch The Critic on Amazon Prime Video: USA amazon.com/dp/B07SH3HDXV | UK amazon.co.uk/dp/B07SJ2QVGD

Watch The Critic on the UK Film Channel: ukfilmchannel.co.uk/the-critic (UK Film Review Awards Winner)


 
 

RECENT PRESS



“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, that it’s a pity that we can’t rate her any higher.”

– Indie Shorts Mag [Nimisha Menon]

“Stella Velon’s ‘The Critic’, a poignant, insightful look into the soul of an actress, with the measured performance of Velon… is an absolutely stunning visual and a treat to the cerebral folk and cinephiles alike!

The editor’s pick this year singularly, unabashedly falls for Stella Velon’s ‘The Critic’, worth every minute of the short! Indie Shorts Mag wishes Stella Velon the best for her future projects…”

– Indie Shorts Mag | Editor’s Pick – The Best Of All, From 2018!



“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]


 
 

ACCOLADES

— 15 + Awards —

2019 ANGAELICA @ CATALYST CONTENT – WINNER

Best Breakout Performance (‘The Critic’)

2019 AMAZON ALL VOICES FILM FESTIVAL – WINNER

First Prize/Runner-Up Award (‘The Critic’) | amazon.com/allvoices

2019 ANNUAL QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL AWARDS – Winner

Grand Jury Prize (‘The Critic’)

Best First-Time Filmmaker (‘The Critic’)

Best Actress (Nominee)

2019 THE METHOD FEST – Winner

Best Short Film (‘The Critic’)

Best Actress (Nominee)

2019 INDIE SHORTS MAG – Editor’s Pick

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

2018 UK FILM REVIEW AWARDS – Winner

Best Director (‘The Critic’)

2018 QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Winner

Royal Gem Diamond Award (Festival Standout)

Best Actress (‘The Critic’)

Best Director - Short Film (‘The Critic’)

Best Writer - Short Film (Nominee)

2018 KINOFILM MANCHESTER – Runner-Up

Women in Film Award (‘The Critic’)

 

2018 BOSTON FILM FESTIVAL – Nominee

Best Short Film (‘The Critic’)


 

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