Announcing the participants selected for our Costa Rica Development Program!

Congratulations to Lauren Augarten and Ellie Foumbi! We will be developing several projects with these talented women in Paradise.  SUBMISSIONS FOR OUR NEXT ROUND ARE OPEN HERE.


Ellie Foumbi


Lauren Augarten

Ellie Foumbi is an actor/writer/director born in Cameroon. Her award-winning short film, Zenith, was a semifinalist of the 44th Student Academy Awards. It won several prizes, including the IFP Audience Award, Best Student Director and Best Short Script at the Rhode Island International Screenplay Competition. Her films have screened at several international film festivals, including BOGO Shorts, Champs-Élysées Film Festival and others. One of her feature film projects was selected for the IFP No Borders International Co-Production Market. Her producing credits include the Student BAFTA Award Winner and Gold Student Academy Award-Winning short film, Nocturne in Black. Also a recent IFP Marcie Bloom Fellow, Ellie holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in directing.

Lauren Augarten is a writer, director and producer. Her recent writing credits include RSVP, a short film that screened at the Atlantic Film Festival in Canada, and won Best Comedy Short at the Queens World Film. Lauren recently produced The Disgustings, a short film that was an official selection of Outfest, Newfest and Frameline. Lauren created the web series Same Same based on her experiences as a newly out lesbian in Brooklyn, NY, the pilot of which won the LGBT Category award at the LA New Media Film Festival, and was official selection at Newfest. It has been featured in the Huffington Post, Washington Post and GLAAD. She wrote her first play Define You at fifteen. It was published by Australia’s largest performing arts publisher, Currency Press.