Ingrid Jean-Baptiste was born in Paris and raised between Paris and London. After graduating from La Sorbonne University, she started a career in journalism and worked for different French magazines at publication group EMAP France. Jean-Baptiste also contributed in the production of cultural TV shows broadcasted on National French TV at France Televisions.
After living in Los Angeles for several years, Jean-Baptiste moved to New York in 2010 to study a different career: acting. She is now a graduate from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. From an early age, she traveled the world, which aroused her passion to discover new cultures; having visited more than a 100 countries, always trying to understand the world we live in and communicate her views.
As a former journalist, Jean-Baptiste wanted to relate accurate information and share a universal message. In 2013, Jean-Baptiste and her mother Sonia Jean-Baptiste found themselves in a car accident along with 6 other people, which changed the course of their lives. Ingrid suggested the idea to her mother to create an international hub for up and coming artists in Chelsea, New York, where she currently lives. From there, the Chelsea Film Festival was born.
Since its creation, the Festival has presented 220 Official Selections (World, US and NY Premieres) from more then 30 countries and has become an international platform for emerging filmmakers. Ingrid Jean-Baptiste is also an active advocate for many causes such as Human Rights, Women in Film and Gender Equality. Today, she sits on the Board of prestigious organizations: Easter Seals, Young Minds for Gender Equality and Chelsea Film Institute.
Jean-Baptiste has recently received the WOW Award for International Women’s Empowerment and the Audience Award at the Trophies of "French Citizens Abroad" at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris on March 7th, 2017.
Film (Short, Fantasy and Romance) Actress Two lonely people, with personal baggage, on separate evenings out - on the same street in Greenwich Village, she with a friend, he alone, end up on the subway platform where an old Eastern European woman plays rueful accordion music (she becomes a muse/cupid). They get into the same subway car and from there surreptitiously observe each other and submerge themselves in romantic fantasies (black and white). They never speak and she, just before exiting the train, has one last 'fantasy kiss' on the train, ending their 'romance.' Haunting accordion music and subway imagery add a fine subtlety to the romance and mystery. Written by Anonymous
Film (Drama) Actress Abby lives with her lesbian domestic partner and their young son. However, Abby and her girl's long stable relationship has become passionless, and Abby is slowly becoming sexually frustrated. Abby's son hits her on the head by accident one day with his baseball and she suffers a mild concussion. This gets her thinking and she decides that she shouldn't repress her urges anymore. She hooks up with a young cute gentle and experienced lesbian prostitute, who sleeps with lonely women, and has a fantastic sexual and emotional experience. She becomes fascinated with the idea of helping other lonely women feel such joy and fulfillment, so she decides to get into the business herself under the pseudonym Eleanor. Her clients are both introverted women, who wish to explore their urges, and sexually aggressive women who know exactly what they and even Abby want. She learns more about herself and others after each sexual encounter. But how long can she live a double life before she's caught.
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Film (Short, Drama and Mystery) Actress Restless Leila, young set designer, comes home after an important meeting. It's one of those days where she feels out of place. Why does she always want to be somewhere else? She calls her boyfriend Steve hoping he will come over and fill her sense of loss. Her call for help is not immediately answered so her wildest instincts take over to convert taht night into a journey of passion and seduction that will draw her into an inner fragmentation and complete sense of outflow. Written by Anonymous
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Audience Award at "French Citizens Abroad" Ceremony at French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris
WOW Award for International Women's Empowerment