Violeta Ayala is a film futurist, artist and writer. She is the first Quechua member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars).
Violeta's credits include the VR animation Prison X (2021) and the award-winning documentaries Cocaine Prison (2017), The Fight (2017), The Bolivian Case (2015) and Stolen (2009). Her films have premiered at A-List film festivals including Sundance and Toronto, distributed in cinemas, broadcast on PBS, Channel 8, Señal Colombia, Ibermedia, World Channel and online platforms such as Amazon Prime and The Guardian. She’s won over 50 awards including a Walkley (Australia’s Pulitzer) and nominations for the IDA (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 the Sundance Film Festival as a New Frontier Talent Fellow with Prison X, a Neo Andean Metaverse and an animatronic puppet with AI, funded by Screen Australia, Screen NSW, Sundance, MIT and Tribeca. Violeta was one of nine leading New Media creators selected worldwide for the CPH Lab in Copenhagen. She gave the keynote at the largest global network of organisations defending freedom of expression at IFEX in Berlin. The MIT in Boston invited her for a personal workshop developing her XR practices and her film Cocaine Prison opened in cinemas in France.
In 2020 Violeta returned to Sundance as one of the guest luminaries for a panel on “Editing History”.
In 2021, the first episode of Prison X premiered at the New Frontier Sundance Film Festival.
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.
Dan is a Walkley Award-winning filmmaker born in Australia, who makes films to shift the balance of power. In 2009, he co-directed, produced, shot, edited, and sold to PBS the controversial and multi-award winning documentary Stolen.
In 2017, Dan co-directed The Fight, published by The Guardian. The film was nominated for the IDA Best Short Documentary Award 2017 and was a Finalist for the Rory Peck Awards. His producing credits also include The Bolivian Case (2015), which premiered at Hot Docs, screened at 40 international festivals, was broadcast in Colombia and Israel, was nominated for Premios Platino and Premios Fenix and was distributed across Latin America through public TV; Cocaine Prison (2017) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, won of the Audience Award at Cinelatino in Toulouse and was picked up by Amazon Prime and the animated VR series, Prison X premiering at the Sundance Film Festival 2021.
Dan has an honors degree in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney and Saint Martin’s College in London.
Redelia is a producer with over fifteen years of professional experience in commercial, independent television and film projects. She has worked in numerous capacities on projects on network and cable, including Fox, ShowTime, ABC and PBS.
In 2013 her film, Journey to Africa; an interactive online documentary was awarded an Artist-in-Residence Fellowship to the Wexner Center and selected to the Film Independent Documentary Lab, where she met Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw. Later that year Redelia joined United Notions Film.
Her credits as producer include The Bolivian Case (2015), Cocaine Prison (2017), La Lucha (in production) and Life Crime (in production). Redelia is head of the Media Production program at Santa Monica College, where she stimulates creativity, success and inspiration in students to fearlessly tell stories that matter. She is an alumnus of the Film Independent, the West Coast Regional Director of The National Council of Women in Entertainment and a member of the Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers (BADWest), Urban Mediamakers and Women in Film LA. She holds a BA in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters Degree in Cinema from Georgia State University.