Ashton Avila was born and raised in southern California where she fell in love with filmmaking after receiving her first video camera for her ninth birthday. She followed her passion for storytelling to the University of Rhode Island where she received her B.A. in Film Media. After graduation, Ashton began working as a production assistant on feature films such as Walter (starring William H. Macy and Virginia Madsen) and eventually became a full time production assistant at NBC Universal's Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live. She then went on to receive her M.F.A. in Film Production with an emphasis in Directing at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. In 2016, Ashton was invited as an Emerging Creator at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
Ashton has written and directed a number of short films that have screened at festivals across the world including her film Have a Little Faith which was nominated for "Best Student Film" at the 2017 Pasadena International Film Festival and won the "Audience Award" at the Iron Mule Comedy Festival. She directed the 2017 Student Emmy nominated musical film Trying to Fuck: A Modern Day Romance and was nominated by Chapman University for the Kodak Scholarship for Student Filmmakers. Her most recent film, "I Got You Babe", premiered at the Academy Qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival and can now be found screening at festivals across the country. Ashton is currently a part of the Bad Robot Productions Internship Program and resides in Los Angeles.