Ayesha Adu

Director, Producer, Screenwriter

Minneapolis, MN, USA


Ayesha Adu is an award-winning director, writer, producer, actor, and editor who creates compelling projects on shoe-string budgets. She is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been living here for 27 years. Her previous work has been about the darkness of human nature, child abuse, and familial dysfunction. In the 90s and early 2000s, Ayesha had the opportunity to make one short narrative film and a couple of experimental films. She also had the opportunity to make a handful of professional work such as commercials, music videos, and a documentary for a higher educational institution. In 2017, Ayesha was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from VSA Minnesota to develop her feature length screenplay, “Stardust,” and to provide a staged reading of the finished script in 2018. Ayesha also received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2018, to produce and direct her short screenplay, “Little Men.” This is her second film in 18 years. This year , the script for “Little Men” won a PLATINUM Remi Award from the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival and placed Quarterfinalist in the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Ayesha’s award-winning projects include an experimental co-collaboration, “village blues,” (1999) and a music video, “This One,” (2003). Her work has been screened at multiple film festivals, Intermedia Arts, online, and MNTV. Ayesha intends to continue to create provocative, well-thought out complex films that challenges the audience to ask questions about how they see the world and what they see in themselves. She takes the audience on a journey to think and feel something on an intrinsic level. Her work will leave an indelible imprint on your mind.