About Natasha


Natasha Ngaiza is a Tanzanian-American screenwriter, filmmaker and film professor. 

Her short films have screened at a number of acclaimed film festivals and venues including the Palms Spring International Short Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the BlackStar film festival, the African Diaspora International Film Festival, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the Huffington Post and Smithsonian Museum’s Art-Lab Film Forum. Natasha’s films focus on women and mothers of the African Diaspora through a decolonial framework. 

Her screenplay “A Mother” was the recipient of ScreenCraft’s competitive Fall Film Fund in 2018 and won Best Short Film at Washington D.C.’s 2020 International Film Festival. It currently resides on Omeleto, the largest online platform for Oscar-qualifying short films. 

Natasha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she is currently raising three young daughters with her husband, fellow filmmaker-colleague David Miranda Hardy.