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Charlotte Mars - Australia
The Documentary Award - Gayby Baby
  
Charlotte Mars
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Charlotte Mars, producer of Gayby Baby, is the recipient of the TheWIFTS Documentary Award 2016. The film portrays a wide and diverse selection of families, and is an enlightening and poignant look at growing up from the viewpoint of children in an LGBT household, which illustrates that environment is more crucial than convention.

Charlotte Mars spent her childhood playing in the mountain bushland of the Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney, Australia, dreaming up characters and worlds that she would turn into performances for her family's entertainment.

This love of storytelling made her an avid reader and writer, and after devouring the entire 'art house' collection at her local video store, she was inspired to write plays and films of her own.

Born in 1988, Charlotte undertook a Bachelor of Arts (Media Arts & Production) at the University of Technology, Sydney, shifting during her first year to poetry, philosophy and screenwriting. Charlotte's projects at this time flexed her socio-political interests, exploring stories of illegal jazz clubs, urban environmental issues and the politics of the female body.

In 2009, she received the UTS Kodak Award. During this period of her career Charlotte also shadowed award-winning director René Hernandez (The Ground Beneath) and producer Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook).

After graduation, Charlotte took a position at Matchbox Pictures – a collective of five highly awarded Australian showrunners, producers and directors. After one year as assistant on the company's productions including BAFTA and Emmy-nominated dramas The Slap, My Place, and Leaky Boat, Charlotte began to expand her storytelling skills as their Development Coordinator.

At 23, she held the position of Development Manager across the company's entire scripted slate. In this role, under the tutelage of some of Australia's finest female content-makers (Penny Chapman [Brides of Christ], Helen Bowden [Girl in a Mirror], Helen Panckhurst [Mrs Carey's Concert] and Debbie Lee [Please Like Me]), she helped develop many projects including Underground: The Julian Assange Story, Deadline Gallipoli, Devil's Playground, Nowhere Boys, and The Family Law.

The Matchbox women inspired Charlotte to be fearless about storytelling and to reach for narratives that were both subversive and surprising – harnessing film as a medium to both entertain and shift hearts and minds.

In 2013, Charlotte and Maya Newell founded Marla House with the hope of fostering an environment for female-driven screen stories. Together they have made Growing Up Gayby for the ABC (2013) and the feature film Gayby Baby (2015).

Gayby Baby is the pair's first feature and explores same-sex parented families from the perspective of the kids. As well as being a breakout hit at international festivals and selling to distributors all around the world, Gayby Baby has sought to inspire a greater awareness about LGBTIQ families. Selected for Good Pitch2 Australia, the film has been supported by a host of partners to engage politicians and educators about issues of family equality – from addressing discriminatory legislation to broadening school curriculums – inspiring a global conversation and raising the visibility of this community.

Charlotte has developed long form projects, which she continues to progress as a writer for Matchbox today. She also received a Metro Screen grant and was an ArtStart mentee to Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore) and playwright Lachlan Philpot (Truck Stop). Her short film Awake premiered at Flickerfest 2013, received the Audience Award at the World of Women Film Festival and was nominated for a QANTAS Spirit of Youth Award.

Today, Charlotte splits her time between Sydney and Berlin, where she is writing across documentary and fiction with a focus on stories about women. She believes more than ever in the power of cinema as a lens through which our shared humanity can be rendered a uniting force.

  
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