Jennifer Kirabo is a writer, director, producer and philanthropist based in New York City.  Her career in the arts began at a very early age as a dancer. She was a member of a variety of elite dance companies, and danced competitively for a number of years, winning a multitude of awards as both a soloist and company member. 

At the age of nineteen, Kirabo left her small town of North Branford, Connecticut and made her way to the Big City to pursue her dream.  She enrolled in film school, and spent several of her first years in New York City as an actress.  During that time, she felt she grew tremendously as both a person and an artist, and though she had a great deal of invaluable experiences and some performances she was truly proud of, artistically she did not feel fulfilled.   She decided to take her career into her own hands, and create projects that she was passionate about, which was where she discovered her true calling - writing and directing for the screen. 

In 2009, she wrote her first screenplay, 'Out of Love' in just a weekend.  It took many more years to perfect, and now she is currently working on getting it into production.   Her second screenplay, and directorial debut, was award-winning '8:46', a 9/11 tribute film that follows an ensemble of characters into the moment that changed the world forever - 8:46 a.m. September 11, 2001. 

'8:46' premiered at the 65th annual Cannes International Film Festival, and was picked up for distribution by Virgil Films (view Variety article here).   The film was made an 'Official Selection' at a number of festivals, including the GI Film Festival in Washington D.C., where it took home the prize for "Best Narrative Short", Atlantic City Cinefest, where it took home "Best Ensemble Cast" and "Best Docudrama", as well as the Manhattan Film Festival, New York City International Film Festival, The Hoboken International Film Festival, New Filmmakers New York, and LA Shorts Fest.   The film was released September 4, 2012 with a portion of all sales being donated to Tuesday's Children. 

In 2013, Kirabo completed script revisions for the indie-drama, "The God of My Eyes" written by Ugandan filmmaker Ian Mark Kimanje.   That January she traveled out to Uganda to assist with the filming, and to do research for her recently completed screenplay "Diamonds in the Pearl".

In the winter of 2014, Kirabo wrote, produced and directed, 'Randy Doe'  the story of a homeless man in New York City wrestling with the demons of his past and his will to explore the possibility of a better life.   The film premiered at the New York City International Film Festival where it was nominated for "Best Narrative Short", and was also made an "Official Selection" of the Manhattan Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards, where it received Honorable Mention for "Best Principal Actor".   Azano also recently produced and directed the web series 'Front of House'  which is currently in post-production.

After her first trip to Uganda in 2013, Kirabo felt compelled to return and contribute in some way on a grand scale.  In 2015 she developed "Filmanthropy" an initiative to help aspiring filmmakers in developing countries have their voices heard.  As a part of that initiative, Kirabo developed an Acting/Film program at the AVRS Secondary School in Mpigi, Uganda.  She spent a month in January 2016, running an intensive Acting/Film course at the school, teaching children about acting/improvisation, screenwriting and filmmaking.  To conclude the class, she had her students write and act in their own short film. which was titled "Son Rise".   She then returned in June/July to premiere the film for the class, renting out a theater in the capital of Kampala, busing the children in, and orchestrating a whole red carpet event.   It was an amazing experience, and after seeing the joy it brought the children to express themselves creatively, and what a positive impact the program had made on the children - gaining confidence, opening up, and sharing their feelings and ideas, Kirabo decided that this was something she must continue and dedicate her life to. 

In January 2017 Kirabo moved to Uganda to run the FIlmanthropy program full-time as a volunteer.