Ugla Hauksdóttir, a native of Iceland, was granted a full-tuition scholarship in 2007 to attend the prestigious fine arts program at The Cooper Union in New York City. Studying experimental film and photography, Ugla received the Robert Breer Film Award for her thesis film Vera (2011). Ugla graduated with honors from the MFA film program at Columbia University in 2016 as a directing concentrate. At the 2014 Columbia Film Festival, Ugla was awarded the David Jones Memorial Award as the "most promising director" of her class and received the Katharina Otto-Bernstein production grant for her thesis film How Far She Went (2016). How Far She Went was awarded Faculty Honors, the Students Selects Award and the IFP Audience Award at the 2016 Columbia University film festival at Lincoln Center. Ugla was also awarded the Thor Thors Memorial Fund by the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and is a recipient of Hladvarpinn, a cultural grant for Icelandic women. Ugla’s short films have screened at over 20 film festivals worldwide including Slamdance Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Chicago International Film Festival and more.
Ugla works professionally as a director, photographer and editor, and is currently writing her first feature film.