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Kelsey Rauber



Kelsey Rauber is a New York-based screenwriter/producer. Kelsey was raised in Aargau, Switzerland in a bilingual household and always had an affinity towards the arts. She moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue music which ignited her love for storytelling and lead to the creation of many screenplays.

In 2012, Kelsey won first place in the New York City Screenwriting Festival, Comedy division for her feature screenplay "About a Donkey." That same screenplay also made the semifinals in the 2013 LA Shorts Comedy Screenplay Competition.

Kelsey and her creative partner Christina Raia created the hit web series "Kelsey". It became a critical and viral success leading to a successful crowdfunding campaign, where they raised 120% of their original goal. 



As of 2015, Kelsey is co-owner of CongestedCat Productions. 

Under the CongestedCat umbrella, she went on to write and produce the award-winning shorts "We Had Plans" and "Not Our Livingroom" as well as the pilot "Two Gays and a Girl."

Kelsey is currently in festival rounds for her feature film "About a Donkey."

She is also currently writing a comedy series as well as her first Swiss-German feature.





About a Donkey
About a Donkey
 is about growing up & growing old, and finding love & laughter along the way. The film follows the Owens family: Ann & Tim, their 3 adult children, Cecilia, Burgh, and Annie (and her husband Paul), and matriarch Farrah. When Tim brings home a donkey in a mixture of wanting to rescue both it and himself, things are shaken up in each of the characters' lives.

Two Gays & a Girl (pilot) (post-production)
When life gives you roommates, make friends. From the creators that brought you 'Kelsey, the webseries,' comes a comedy about Timothy, Amy & Denise.

Not Our Living Room (Short) (2015)
Jake, more responsible & cautious older brother to Chris, carefree go-getter, are getting ready for their moms' anniversary dinner. But things take an ominous turn when they try to leave the livingroom.

We Had Plans (Short) (2015) 
Diana, casually dating women and kind of lonely, and Liz, currently in a longterm relationship with boyfriend Dylan, are two adult sisters who love and respect each other more than anyone else in the world. But their future plans are tested upon receiving news. 

Kelsey (Web Series) (writer - 9 episodes, 2013) (written by - 1 episode, 2014) 
A freshly dumped lesbian tries to navigate through life, love and awkardness with the help of her best friends.

**Making Things Work (2014) ... (creator) / (written by)
**Drive Through (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Bluffing (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Hanging Out Without You (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Uhaul-er (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**A Best Friend's Birthday (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Shopping in Groups (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**WWWdating? (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Don't Hit Send (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)
**Palette Cleanser (2013) ... (creator) / (writer)


“Hollywood’s Leading Ladies: To Be a Mom or Not to Be; What Role Will You Choose?” BitchFlicks, Summer 2014

“Cloud Cryptography,” International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Fall/ Winter 2013



Panelist, "In With the New Out," OutFest, 2015

Panelist, “Web Series are the New Black,” CinemaQ, 2014 

Panelist, “The Modern Screenwriter’s Approach to Marketability and Source Material,” New Haven International Film Festival, 2014



Queens World Film Festival (We Had Plans)

Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Kelsey) (Invitational)


FirstGlance Film Festival (Not Our Living Room)

HollyShorts Screening Series (We Had Plans)

Outfest (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition) 

NYC PictureStart Film Festival (We Had Plans)

Portland Queer Film Festival (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition) 

Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival (Kelsey) (Invitational)

Directed by Women (We Had Plans) (Invitational)

NewFilmmakers NY (We Had Plans) (Invitational)

GAZE Film Festival Dublin (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition)


Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition)

Cinema Q Film Festival (Kelsey) (Web Series Panel Tour, out-of-competition) 


LA Shorts Comedy Screenplay Competition (About a Donkey) (Semi Finalist)


New York City Screenwriting Festival (About a Donkey) (1st place in Comedy)