Ella Cooper is an award-winning independent filmmaker, multimedia artist, educator, impact producer and programmer based in Toronto. She is the founder of Black Women Film! Canada, a new leadership program and collective that supports the development of emerging Black women filmmakers and media artists. Cooper's work has recently been presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario and in galleries, public spaces, and festivals across Canada, the US, and Germany. Her latest documentary dance film gained honourable mention for Best Documentary at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and her documentary Black Men Loving (14) won Best Canadian Film at the International Caribbean Tales Film Festival, where she also received a Best Canadian Presentation Award for her collaboration with Alison Duke and the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project. Cooper is a lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough and one of the Toronto Arts Council's 2017 Cultural Leaders.