Leila Djansi began her filmmaking career in Ghana at the age of 19 with the Ghana Film Company. Working her way to the United States on an Artist Honors Scholarship to study film at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Leila began her film career whiles she was still studying at SCAD.
Her directorial debut in 2009, I Sing of a Well netted an unprecedented 11 nominations at the African Academy Awards, winning the Special Jury Award for Overall Best Film. In addition, the film was presented with the BAFTA/LA Choice Award at the Pan African film festival. Djansi followed with the advocacy film Sinking Sands which supports the say No to Violence Against Women campaign for UNiFEM Ghana.
In 2011, Djansi's Ties That Bind won Best Diaspora Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival, it also became an Official Selection to AFI's New African Films Festival in 2012. The film star Kimberly Elise was nominated for Best Actress at the American Black Film Festival. The film was also nominated for Outstanding Foreign Film at the 2012 Black Reel Awards.
Djansi's latest film Like Cotton Twines was an official selection to the 2016 Los Angeles film Festival under the World Fiction Section, the film went on to win the best narrative feature at the Savannah Film festival in 2016.
Leila Djansi has been recognized by various international organizations for her continuous work in the field of women's rights advocacy through the arts. Since 2009, Leila has consistently made movies for women, about women and employs diversity behind and in front of the camera.
Her other credits include the Macy Gray starer Where Children Play."