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  • Crystal globe for best actress | Karlovy Vary International film festival | 2017

  • Silver Hugo for best actress | Chicago International film Festival | 2017

  • Best actress | Polish film festival | 2017

  • Best actress | New York Polish Film Festival | 2018

  • Best performance |Let's CEE International film festival | 2018

  • MasterCard rising star | Netia OFF Camera International film festival | 2018

  • Best ensemble (Trees of peace) | Sunrise International film festival | 2021

  • Best performance | Namur International french speaking film | 2022

  • Best performance France TV & Unifrance | Clermont Ferrand International short film festival  | 2023


Eliane Umuhire is an award-winning Rwandan born actress based in France.


Her journey began through theater in Rwanda, where Eliane performed with the two main companies in Kigali: The Ishyo Arts Center and the Mashirika Performing Arts.

She took her first steps in the cinema in the character of Claudine in the Polish film The birds sing in Kigali (Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali) by Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze, a role which earned her several awards for best actress at international film festivals. cinema such as the Category A Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; the Chicago International Film Festival; the Gdynia Polish Film Festival; the Let's CEE International Film Festival and the New York Polish Film Festival. As well as the Mastercard Rising star award from the Netia Off Camera International Independent Film Festival.


In 2020, she is a jury of the Chicago International Film Festival in the main competition.


In 2021 she joined the Berlinale Talents, selected from more than 3,000 applicants from 123 countries.


In 2022, Eliane won the prize for best interpretation at the International Film Festival of Namur, thanks to her role in the short BAZIGAGA by Jo Moys Ingabire.

And the Best performance award at the 2023 Clermont Ferrand International short film festival.


She trained with Ezzedine Ganoun at the Arab-African center for training and theatrical research at the El-hamra theater in Tunis, as well as with Robert Castle of the International Theater New York.


Recent projects include the lead role in the independent Hollywood film TRESS OF PEACE, distributed by Netflix and in the sci-fi musical "Neptune Frost" directed by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, which premiered at the Directors' Fortnight. at Cannes.


On the theater side, Eliane is in the only stage SOLAS, under the direction and conception of the director and Brazilian researcher Fernanda AREAS.


She is to star in the Arte DE GRACE series, alongside Olivier Gourmet, directed by Vincent CARDONA (CESAR for best film 2022) and will appear in Andre TECHINE's DANS LE VISEUR.


Eliane will also be featured in AUGURE directed by BALOJI.


"Les enfants d'amazi" |Theatre du papyrus & Ishyo arts centre | Written from an original idea of Rivaldo Nizigiye | Bernard Chemin, Denis Mpunga and Carole Karemera

"Solas" |Cie Corps indociles | Directed by Fernanda Areais



Dans le viseur | Andre Techine| 2023

De Grace | Vincent Mael Cardona| 2022

Augure | Baloji | 2022

La Fille au coeur de Cochon | David André | 2022

Bazigaga | Jo Moys INGABIRE | 2022

Trees of peace | Alanna Brown | 2021

Neptune Frost | Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman| 2021

Birds are singing in Kigali | Krzystof Krauze & Joanna Kos Krauze | 2017

Things of the aimless wanderer | Kivu Ruhorahoza | 2015


Alexander technique - Jean louis Rodrigue and Kristof Konrad - Berlinale talents 2021

Organic theatre acting training - Afro-arabic centre of theatre research - El Hamra Theatre Tunis

Method acting - Robert Castle Method - International Theatre New York

"Ejo n'ejo bundi" | Uz et coutumes | Dalila Boitaud

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