Gilbert Ndahayo is an African Movie Academy Award® nominated independent filmmaker based in NYC, who mixes documentary and narrative genres. He is two-times winner of Best Documentary Feature at SVAFF (Rwanda: Beyond The Deadly Pit / 2011, The Rwandan Night / 2013). His debut short narrative Scars of My Days premiered aired on French television TV 5 Monde and premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2007 in the presence of an audience that included former US President Bill Clinton, Hollywood celebrities namely Robert DeNiro, Whoopi Goldberg and Everybody Loves Raymond's producer Jane Rosenthal.
Ndahayo freelanced for BBC, CNN and DW producers for five years. He was the producer of FLORES DE RUANDA (2008) which won the 2010 Goya Award winning documentary and his footage earned him a co-directing credit on the feature documentary LIFE IN A DAY(2011) directed by Kevin Macdonald and executive produced by YouTube and Ridley Scott.
Born in a traditional village of Astrida, so named after Queen Astrid of Belgium, southern Rwanda in 1975, Gilbert Ndahayo migrated to New York City in 2008. THE HEIGHT OF LIFE is Gilbert Ndahayo’s MFA thesis film in Columbia University.
I have been in the industry since 2006.