Gandja Monteiro is a director, writer and producer based in Los Angeles and São Paulo. Raised between New York’s Lower East Side and Brazil, she has been making films since she was 17 and traveling the world since she was just three months old. This early exposure to such vast cultures instilled a curiosity that has always inspired and informed her work.
Since graduating in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has directed work in more than a dozen countries, four continents and eight languages. Her narrative short, Almost Every Day (2009) won international visibility in festivals such as Tribeca and Palm Springs, and went on to be shortlisted for the Academy Awards®.
Monteiro has directed commercials and branded content for industry heavy-hitters such as Nike, Adidas, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Chevrolet and Smirnoff, among others. She recently wrapped production on her first TV project, an hour-long episode for HBO’s documentary series, Youth, produced by Prodigo Films.
In 2017, Gandja became a fellow of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. She’s currently in post for her new sci-fi short film, Control/ Option/ Escape, which she directed through the program.