Maya Newell (AUS)

Maya is a director with a strong focus on social justice.

Maya has made award-winning shorts, Two (2010), which screened at AFI Docs, Slamdance and was the winner of AIDC emerging talent prize. She recently directed Growing Up Gayby (2013) for ABC Opening Shot and her first feature doc, Gayby Baby (2015), made with Charlotte Mars.

Gayby Baby screened at festivals internationally including Hotdocs, London BFI, Doc NYC and Dok Leipzig, was selected for GoodPitch² Australia 2014, broke cinema-on-demand records, was nominated for an ACCTA, an AWGIE and won an ATOM award.

The film sparked a national debate after it was banned from being screened in Australian schools by the NSW State Premier. The film was significant in the movement for marriage and adoption equality in Australia and the accompanying education resources are the first in Australia to represent LGBTI families. Her new doc feature, In My Blood It Runs, was selected for GoodPitch Australia, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund and Sundance Music and Sound Labs and will premiere in 2019.