Charlotte Mars (they/them) is an filmmaker working across fiction and documentary, with a focus on stories exploring power, marginalisation, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Most recently, Charlotte wrote and directed the award-winning short film GIRL AND BODY which had its international premiere In Competition at Berlinale 2020, its US premiere In Competition at Palm Springs, and its Australian Premiere In Competition at Melbourne International Film Festival.
In 2021, Charlotte was awarded the Australian International Screen Forum directing scholarship and was a 2019 Documentary Australia Foundation and Create NSW SheDoc Fellow. Charlotte was also a 2016 Women’s International Film and Television Society honouree for their work as producer and co-writer of award-winning feature documentary GAYBY BABY (2015), directed by Maya Newell, which played at more than 50 festivals worldwide, sparking conversations about LGBTQIA+ families and helping promote same-sex marriage rights.
Previously, Charlotte was a Development Executive at NBCU’s Matchbox Pictures from 2011-2014 working on productions including GLITCH, SECRET CITY, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, DEADLINE GALLIPOLI, and THE FAMILY LAW amongst others. In 2012, they were a mentee to director Cate Shortland when Charlotte was directing their first scripted short as director, the award-winning AWAKE (2013). This was followed by Charlotte’s ABC documentary GROWING UP GAYBY (2013), again directed by Maya Newell), which was their first film as producer and co-writer.
Charlotte studied at the University of Technology Sydney and has co-authored a children’s book, WRESTLE!, published by Allen & Unwin in 2019.
They have a TV series in development with Matchbox and several feature films for which they seeking the right producing partners.