Kantarama Gahigiri is a Rwandan and Swiss award-winning film director, screenwriter and producer with more than 10 years experience in the film industry. She hold a Master Degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a Master Degree in Cinema from New York.
Her first feature film “Tapis Rouge” has been screened and awarded worldwide including TV5Monde Best Feature Film at Geneva International Film Festival (2014) and Best Directing at Chelsea Film Festival, New York (2015), followed by a national theatrical release in France (May 2017).
In 2018 she became one of the 5 residents for the 3rd Edition at Realness – An African Screenwriter’s Residency selected after evaluation of more than 130 projects from the whole continent. Following the residency, with her project “Tanzanite”, Kantarama was invited as a delegate to the Atlas Workshops (Marrakech International Film Festival) in December 2018.
Since 2014, she also teaches directing, writing & producing workshops to help younger artists implement their work (in Malaysia, Rwanda, Brazil, Switzerland, Tunisia, Kenya, Tanzania).
In 2004 she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Swiss Benevolent Scholarship that helped her jumpstart her film career.
As a freelance producer, she has been working on various films, TV and commercials in East Africa, Switzerland and the United States (Men in Black 3, Suits, Person of Interest, etc.).