Dyana Gaye was born in Paris in 1975. She majored in Cinema Studies at Paris 8-St Denis University. In 1999 she won the Louis Lumière-Villa Médicis scholarship for her script Une femme pour Souleymane (A wife for Souleymane), which she directed the following year. In 2004, she directed J’ai deux amours (Remembering Paris), for the group project, Paris, La Metisse. In 2006, her film Deweneti (Ousmane) received much acclaim, enjoying a wide national and international theatrical release. In 2007, it won the Jury Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and was one of five films nominated for the 2008 César for Best Short Film. In 2009, she directed the musical Saint-Louis Blues, which had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival and was selected for Sundance and Toronto among several other festivals. In 2011, the film received a second César nomination in the Best Short Film category. In 2013, she received the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Under a starry sky is her first feature film.


2013 Under the Starry Sky
2010 Saint Louis Blues (48’) (theatrical release in France June 16th 2010)
2006 Deweneti (Ousmane) (15’)
2004 J’ai deux amours (Remembering Paris) (5’)
2000 Une femme pour Souleymane (A wife for Souleymane) (24’)