Women’s International Film & TV Showcase 2016: Documentary Awards

LONDON–July 7, 2016– At a ceremony held in London, directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli were honored with The WIFTS 2016 Award for the Best Documentary – Politics for FRAME BY FRAME. Director Maya Newell and producer Charlotte Mars were honored for the Best Documentary–Environment for GAYBY BABY.

They were announced by The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase (TheWIFTS) and TheWIFTS Foundation.

Focusing on character-driven stories evoking empathy rather than sympathy for the human condition, Alexandria Bombach’s work challenges the perceptions of cultures, issues and ideas that usually have limited or sensationalized coverage in mainstream media.

Frame by Frame

FRAME BY FRAME is an uncompromising account by four journalists about life after the Taliban and the importance of preserving the art of photography by documenting, building and maintaining a free press, something that is taken for granted in the free world.

FRAME BY FRAME had its world premiere at SXSW in 2015 and has won more than 19 festival awards.

Gayby Baby

Maya Newell’s debut directorial feature, GAYBY BABY, made in collaboration with Charlotte Mars, is rendered with insight and understanding that emanates from the screen. GAYBY BABY 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.

GAYBY BABY tells the story of same-sex families from the perspective of the kids. The film broke crowdfunding records raising over $110,000 with the most individual donors and amount raised for any film in Australia at the time.

GAYBY BABY was premiered at Hot Docs 2015, was screened internationally at film festivals including London BFI, Doc Leipzig, Sydney and Melbourne. GAYBY BABY was nominated for a best documentary Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), an Australian Writers’ Guild – AWGIE Awards – writers award and won Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) best documentary award.

GAYBY BABY was selected for Good Pitch² Australia, where the film garnered a coalition of partners to for Marriage Equality and Adoption Equality in Australia. In 2015-16, GAYBY BABY was ‘banned’ in schools across NSW by top government ministers sparking a national debate about the treatment of LGBTIQ families. Despite the backlash, the film screened in Federal and State Parliament Houses all over Australia, and Maya and Charlotte went on to develop and release Australia’s first comprehensive educational resource to represent same-sex parented families and explore family diversity – GAYBY BABY’s School Action Toolkit.

Honorees for the 2016 Women’s International Film & TV Showcase Awards:

Celia Imrie (The Barbara Tipple Best Actress Award), Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Adrienne Fancey Best Film Award, The Dressmaker), Chelsea Grant (TheWIFTS “IT” Award), Rachel Talalay (The Producer Award,), Yang Mingming & Kong Jinlei, (The Jury Award, Crosscurrent, Editors), Deborah Mollison (The Music Award), Sarah Arthur (The Sylvie Nissen Costume Award), Maya Forbes (The Screenwriter Award, Infinitely Polar Bear), Cinders Forshaw (The Cinematographer Award), Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli (Best Documentary Award – Politics, Frame by Frame), Maya Newell & Charlotte Mars  (Best Documentary Award – Environment, GAYBY BABY), Ruby Yang & Ada Ho (Best Documentary Award – People, My Voice, My Life), Paola Verdenelli (The Animation Award), Lisa Duff (The Diversity Award, unINDIAN, Producer), Nadine Marsh-Edwards (The Television Award), Luciana Arrighi (The Lifetime Achievement Award, (Film)), Sophie Reine (The Career Achievement Award, Editor), Jeanette Haley (The Sound  Award).

For more information about the 2016 honorees and the event, go to www.thewifts.org/2016_Honorees.php


About TheWIFTS Foundation

TheWIFTS Foundation is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the accomplishments achieved by women whose unwavering dedication to their aspirations transcends economic and cultural divides to effectuate lasting impressions on society. TheWIFTS Foundation recognizes innovative, creative and inspiring women from around the world and furthers the ideals of equality in gender by fostering the promotion of women in all sectors of society through the Art Form of Film & Television, the Visual Communicator of the 21st Century. thewifts.org/


Red Rock Entertainment – Lead Sponsor 2016

Red Rock Entertainment are a film investment company, based at the world famous Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, home to some of the biggest TV shows on British television and the studio of choice for many successful British films. Red Rock Entertainment are Executive Producers, who work in conjunction with UK film companies to fund Independent film projects. We raise SEIS, EIS and Equity capital, and work alongside production companies to ensure projects are completed on time, and within budget. As well as film, we raise funds for TV and Distribution.


Our partnerships with charities and leaders in the British film industry mean that we’re involved in a huge range of projects which, most importantly, people can get involved to pursue their passions for film.  These events days include meeting with actors such as Timothy Spall and James Buckley and popstar Olly Murs.


Red Rock Entertainment also host seminars at Elstree Studios where they encouraged young British filmmakers to get started in the industry. They have also begun a competition to find the UK’s best short film to help the talented film makers of the future. www.redrockentertainment.com/

Founding Sponsors of TheWIFTS Foundation include Pillivuyt (Fabricators of TheWIFTS Awards); Patrick Moulin (Designer of TheWIFTS Award from a concept by Elspeth Tavares); Jean Claude Novaro: Elizabeth Grant of Elizabeth Grant, Inc. (The Elizabeth Grant Entrepreneur Award); Adrienne Fancey (The Adrienne Fancey Best Film Award); Parfums M. Micallef; Barbara Tipple International Award-Winning Jewelry Designer, (The Barbara Tipple Best Actress Award) and Sylvie Nissen Best Costume Design Award inaugurated in 2013.


Elspeth Tavares is the Founder and Creator of The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase (TheWIFTS). Passion & Integrity, Commerce & Creativity, Equality not Hierarchy, are the mottos on which the fiscal infrastructure of TheWIFTS Foundation is built.



TheWIFTS Foundation is a non-profit entity. A 501(c) organization based in California.


The Women’s International Film & Television Shorts Showcase (TheWIFTSS) was founded in 2008 by Elspeth Tavares.  With the same aims and objectives in mind, TheWIFTSS recognizes women producers, directors and cinematographers worldwide in film and television who create ‘Shorts’ as a ‘Showcase’ of their talents as they pursue their individual dreams as filmmakers.


TheWIFTS Foundation Documentary Showcase (TheWIFTDS) was created to recognize the exemplary work accomplished by women in the field of documentary filmmaking.



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