AYA -Spirit of our Ancestors

At dawn, an old country man finishes up his harvest day and goes to an old tree for some rest while he plays his old flute. His fatigue conquers him and he falls asleep, suddenly the wind blows off the old man's hat with such intensity that it takes it into the cornfield. He runs after it without knowing what's yet to come, an unexpected encounter.

  • Edison Fuentes
    Director
  • Edison Fuentes
    Animation
  • Edison Fuentes
    Post production
  • Edison Fuentes
    Music Composition
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Aya
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    sci-fi, drama, experimental
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    Ecuador
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Edison Fuentes

Edison Fuentes is a native kichwa Otavalo. He is a creative director, digital animator, and as well as a musician from Ecuador. Currently he works independently building his own animation studio.
One of his personal projects is “Aya”, which is an animated short film based on traditional tales told by the old and wise native people from Ecuador. The project involved a deep investigation of the kichwa culture, and a broad understanding of their life and music conception.
His work was recognised awarded in his University as an outstanding graduation short film.
Edison also produced the music composition for the project, and recruited real traditional flute players from the communities to capture the magic for the story.

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Director Statement

Edison looks to constantly learn from the challenges that come up in all the projects that he is involved in. His connection with his family roots, art, music, design, photography, animals, nature and every creative media is his inspiration which helps him develop interesting visual proposals; simple and beautifully accomplished tales from the native communities of Ecuador.