Dayna Li




29 minutes


United States

Aurora poster


Charlotte, 22, a recently-graduated composer who feels insecure about singing in public finds herself unexpectedly smitten by Aurora, 22, her star performer classmate. Charlotte is soon devastated by the discovery that her feelings are unrequited. This erodes her confidence and heightens her confusion about her sexuality, which she must overcome in order to find her own voice.

Student: Chapman University

Dayna Li

Dayna Li

Dayna is a recent graduate of Chapman University, where she received an MFA in film production, with an emphasis in directing. She has written and directed 9+ short narrative and documentary films. For documentary work, she has traveled to Kenya and across the United States. She hopes to speak to social issue themes in her narrative films, inspired by her undergraduate background studying comparative politics at Princeton University. Her short film “Qafas” about a family in Syria was recently nominated for a Student Short Jury Award at Austin Film Festival. Her short film “Aurora” was supported by the Women in Focus, Zonta Club of Newport Harbour Award of 2019 and her films have screened at many prestigious festivals including Austin Film Festival, Woodshole Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Cyprus International Film Festival and Lakeview International Film Festival