Dyana Gaye studied cinema at the University of Paris 8 before becoming known with her first short film, Une Femme pour Souleymane E (2000). Subsequently, she directed several short films, including Deweneti (2006, Prix du Jury à Clermont-Ferrand) and the musical Un transport en commun (2009, Sundance, Locarno), both of which were nominated for César Awards. Her first feature film, DES ETOILES (2014), shot between Dakar, Turin and New York, was critically acclaimed. She received the Prix du Jury and the Prix du Audience at the Festival Premiers plans d’Angers, as well as the Prix France Culture Révélation. She was a programmer at ACID (Independent Cinema Agency for its diffusion) and is co-curator of Tigritudes, a subjective and chronological anthology of pan-African cinema. She is currently developing her next feature, Studio Kebe, a musical in Dakar.