est. 1994 

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email: rooneyelmi[at]

Rooney Elmi is a activist and emerging creative who specializes in visual media and pop cultural criticism. Her essays and interviews have been published in i-D, DAZED, Real Life Magazine, Okay Africa, Reverse Shot, Hyperallergic, among many others. She’s also the recipient of the 2017 New York Film Festival Critics Academy co-hosted by Film Society of Lincoln Center and Film Comment. 

Interests in internationalism, cyber culture, and anti-capitalism lead to her brainchild, SVLLY(wood), a biannual print and digital movie magazine, geared toward curating a radical cinephilia. The self-published editorial has been read and housed in over five continents and remains one of the extremely rare feminist print film publications in the world.

Additionally, she has held the title of director of development of Ohio Film Group, a state-of-the-art post production studio, handling film acquisitions and marketing. As well as interning with prolific film studio, IM Global during the 2016 Berlin Film Festival/ European Film Market circuit.

Rooney is now a free agent and actively look for work in the creative field as she switches gears to direct her first short film as well as develop a feature length documentary!




speaking engagements + panels


The New York Film Festival Critics Academy [New York City] Sept-October 2017

One of ten selected emerging writers to attend and cover NYFF screenings and events at the festival. Actively particiating in roundtable discussions with working writers and other members of the industry co hosted by Film Society of Lincoln Center, indieWIRE, and Film Comment Magazine.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences [Ohio Valley] June 2017

Judge for the 53rd Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy® Awards focusing on Short Form Fiction. Up to 30 diverse short films from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana.

Radical Film Network USA: A Global Gathering [New York City] May 2017

Invited guest whose aim was to strengthen the relationships within the radical film community from across the Americas and around the globe.

Theorizing the Web Conference [New York City] April 2017

Panelist at the annual Theorizing the Web conference at the Musuem of Moving Image, presenting a talk on visual literacy and black personhood in the age of social media and Black Lives Matter.

#BlackLivesMatter in the Classroom Symposium [Columbus, OH] May 2016

One of four locally based anti-racist community and student organizers invited to speak on the Ohio State moderated by African American Studies department and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

#OscarsSoWhite @ The Ohio State University [Columbus, OH] February 2015

Speaker at #OscarsSoWhite and the Fight for Representation the politics of diversity in Hollywood.