Producer, director, animator, and actress Layla Hawker founded Spider Queen Studios in 2009 at the age of 10. She attended Denver School of the Arts for three years in the Video Cinema Arts program, where she directed and starred in the documentary The Autistic Snowflake, which won a national Scholastic Gold Key award, as well as the Grand Prize at the 2015 Steamboat Springs Film Festival. In addition to filmmaking, she also writes scripts, novels, short stories, and poetry. Layla has been singing and stage acting since she was in second grade, with four lead roles to her credit and four supporting roles.


Denver School of the Arts – 2013-2017

Video Cinema Arts Program

Exceptional Minds – July 2017

Summer Animation Program

Colorado’s Finest High School of Choice

Diploma 2018

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 

9 credit hours


Scholastic Gold Key Award – 2015

For her documentary The Autistic Snowflake

Grand Prize, Steamboat Springs Film Festival – 2015

For her documentary The Autistic Snowflake