Lydia Sue-Ellen Chitunya, is an emerging multilingual filmmaker who hails from Zimbabwe. A graduate of Georgia State University(BA) and the UCLA producing certification program. Chitunya has produced several award winning shorts. She is an alumni of; Berlinale Talents, Durban Talents, Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, and CaribbeanTales Incubator. Her varied work experience include: consulting for Zimbabwe International Film Festival, producing the Big PictureCon, interning for ICM at Cannes Film Festival, programming for Slamdance, Atlanta, and Shnit International Short Film Festivals, marketing for Disney College Program, and Editorial assistant at Marvel Studios. She aspires to create groundbreaking projects that transcend cultures and genres.
The 2016 Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation Fellowship, which includes a cash grant of $10,000, was awarded to Sue-Ellen . This annual award is given to a filmmaker currently participating in a Film Independent Artist Development program with the mission of diversity in mind. Chitunya, a participant in Project Involve, is currently in active development as a producer on her first narrative feature film, A Hard Place.