Specialty: Character, Performance, Storytelling, TVC, Short Films, Music Videos, Creative Content.
A Japanese-British writer and director. Born in Kyoto, her family immigrated to New Zealand when she was three years old, where she spent her childhood mostly barefoot, climbing trees and riding horses in West Auckland.
She studied Screenwriting and Directing at South Seas Film & Television School, graduating with Best Film and Best Screenplay her graduating year. She spent two years in Vancouver, Canada, where she wrote and co-directed Tomorrow’s Harvest, a television documentary for CBC. This work gives her a unique ability to tell delicate, profoundly personal and poignant human stories through a poetic, cinematic lens.
Ayla’s short film, 4x4, was filmed in Ireland, receiving the Special Mention for Best Direction. 4x4 was also shortlisted for Best Direction and Best Irish Short Film at the 2020 Kinsale Sharks.