Academy Award– and BAFTA-nominated director Sean Ellis started taking pictures when he was 11 years old. At the age of 26, he became a sought-after fashion photographer before crossing over into film. After writing and directing three successful short films, Ellis expanded his Academy Award–winning short, CASHBACK, into the feature film of the same name. His psychological thriller THE BROKEN premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. Ellis’s third feature METRO MANILA won the Audience Award in the Word Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.