Violeta Ayala is a filmmaker, writer, artist and technologist. She is the first Quechua member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
She is best known for directing the award-winning documentaries Cocaine Prison (2017), The Fight (2017), The Bolivian Case (2015) and Stolen (2009). Her films have premiered at A-List festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, screened in hundreds of festivals worldwide, and been distributed by The Guardian, PBS, Amazon Prime and others. Violeta has won over 50 awards, including a Walkley Award, and has been nominated for the prestigious IDA Documentary Awards (Los Angeles), Rory Peck (London), Platino (Panama) and Fenix (Mexico).
In 2018, Violeta won the Jaime Escalante medal-of-honor for her outstanding talent in filmmaking. In 2019 Violeta was invited to Sundance Film Festival as a New Frontier Talent Fellow with Prison X and La Diablita, an animatronic puppet with AI funded by Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Sundance, Tribeca, Ford and MacArthur Foundations. She was also one of nine New Media creators selected for CPH Lab in Copenhagen, and was invited to MIT for a personal workshop on XR. In 2020 Violeta returned to Sundance as one of the guest luminaries for a panel on “Editing History.”
She has a degree in Journalism and Media from Charles Sturt University and is an alumnus of Film Independent, Berlinale, Hot Docs, IFP New York, Good Pitch NY, IDFA and a Sundance Film Institute Fellow.
She is a founding member of United Notions Film.