Layla Zhuqing Ji, born and raised in Shenyang, China. She first came to the U.S. alone when she was 18-year-old to pursue a double major in Business Management and Radio/TV/Film Production at Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ). She finished double major within four years and graduated with honors.
Layla graduated from Columbia University MFA Film program in 2014. She received "Entertainment Partners Best Producer Award" at the annual Columbia University Film Festival for her thesis film "Rattlefly."
Additionally, as a trilingual international filmmaker, Layla’s films have been awarded and official selected by numerous film festivals around the world, including Busan International Short Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Manhattan Film Festival, Central Florida Film Festival, New York City International Film Festival, etc. She shares her voice with the world through filmmaking and delivers positive messages to the society.
In 2015, Layla‘s feature film project received Best Young Director's Project Award from China Film Foundation's Wutianming Film Fund, and was invited to Venice Days at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. In 2016, her feature film script won the "Best Commercial Value Project" Award and "Motion Picture Association of America" Award at Beijing International Film Festival Film Market.
Layla lives in Los Angeles and China. She is the founder of Coastline Pictures, LLC. She is currently represented by CAA.