Violeta Ayala (The Jaguaress)
Violeta Ayala is a multifaceted filmmaker, creative technologist, and artist. In 2020, she became the first Quechua member of the Oscars. Co-founding unitednotions.film and koa.xyz, she has driven innovative projects like Prison X (2021), an interactive VR animation premiered at Sundance and Cannes XR, showcased at renowned galleries globally. Her artistic work, "Las Awichas" (grandmothers in Aymara), debuted in 2022 at Bolivia's El Martadero gallery, later selected for the GLoW3 exhibition at King's College London in 2024, melding traditional art with AR. Her documentaries, including La Lucha (2023), Cocaine Prison (2017), The Fight (2017), The Bolivian Case (2015), and Stolen (2009), premiered at major festivals like Sundance and Toronto, and streamed on PBS and Amazon Prime. In 2023, she received the XR Innovation Award at the Games For Change for 'Weaving Worlds,' exhibiting her rapid ideation. Additionally, in 2023, Violeta co-designed Expylab, securing Meta’s Metaverse Community Grant. Currently, she's developing Feminist AI.