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I write, I act, I sing...
Therefore I am.
Melissa Mars
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SCREENWRITER
& FILMMAKER

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Last update: Sept. 6 2023

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My Ancestors' Song
(writer)

Screenplay, Short, Drama, 2023

An Algerian-French actress tries to break into Hollywood as she struggles to embrace her Arab heritage in the face of American standards and diverse stereotypes.

Status: Development into a feature screenplay

*Awards & Accolades*

Best Screenplay at Bridgeport Film Festival 2022

Second Round at Screencraft Film Fund 2022

Semifinalist at Hollyshorts 2022

Semifinalist at Outstanding Screenplays 2023

IN DEVELOPMENT
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EXIT ZERO
(co-writer)

Screenplay, Feature, Horror Anthology, 2023

Written by D. Barlaam, K. Fried, M. Mars, M. Mitchell. W. F. Prystauk, N. Rosen, V. Speegle, M. Ward

A grandfather weaves together eerie tales of New Jersey for his young granddaughter as they drive down the Garden State Parkway towards what waits for them at Exit Zero.

Status: In pre-production

*Awards & Accolades*

Semifinalist at Screencraft Horror Screenplay 2023

IN DEVELOPMENT
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Better Late Then Never

(writer)

Short Movie, Drama, 2019 

Directed by Marco Bottiglieri

Wisdom Tree, L.A, California.

A young woman, after receiving a mysterious invitation to peace from her estranged father, hopes to reconnect.

A young man celebrates a birthday, alone.

The two strangers meet…

Status: In post-production

COMING SOON
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The Last Touch

(writer, director)
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Short Movie, Dystopian, 2020

Directed by Melissa Mars

A young couple struggles to keep their love alive in a world where technology has replaced intimacy, and human touch is deadly.

*Awards, Nominations & Selections*

WINNER BEST SCI FI SHORT

Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival 2021, Crypticon Minneapolis 2021, Crypticon Kansas City's 10th annual Shockfest & Cryptic Awards

BEST SOCIAL DISTANCED PRODUCTION RUNNER UP

Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival 2021

HONORABLE MENTION at Atlanta Scifi Film Festival 2021

NOMINATIONS

UK's Unrestricted View Film Festival 202,  Paris Art & Movie Awards 2021, Stranger Days Independent Film Festival + 18 official selections
 

 STREAM IT ON VIDIVERSE!

Perfect Chaos - Ep. 10

(writer, director)
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Short Movie, Dystopian, 2020

Directed by Melissa Mars

In a global panic, the artificial intelligence turns our devices into antagonists manipulating us toward our own destruction...

Totally #stayathome approved. Perfect Chaos episode 10 is part of a Set Apart Pictures chain movie, a concept where every filmmaker takes the story over from where it was left off and takes it further in 48hours.

Fun Fact: Made during the worldwide lockdown, the distance between the 2 actors was kept way beyond the 6 feet requirement: 10,353 miles apart! From NY to Melbourne… Filmmaking post-covid by Mars… :)

Army of Love

(writer, co-director)
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Musical Short Movie, Animation 

Directed by Melissa Mars & Thomas Gueriguen

Once upon a time… a long time ago, in the white silence... The Army of Love, an army of mini-cloned fairies, finds Ox & Xo, two lovers, frozen in their love story… 

*Official Selection*

French Festival 'Courts Devant' 2008 - Musical Section

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Chaperon Noir

(co-writer, co-director)
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Short Movie, Drama 

Directed by Melissa Mars & Mick Bulle

In a strange forest populated by fantasy beings, a mysterious woman dressed like a black riding hood, followed by two guards with pink deer heads, creates a game of treasure hunt with apples… Does she eat the apples or the men…?

*Official Selection*

French Festival du Film Merveilleux 2008

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Love Machine

(writer, director)
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Music Video 

Directed by Melissa Mars

Produced by Polydor - Universal Music

In the middle of nowhere, a young woman is on a quest to find her lost love...

Love Machine marks Melissa Mars' debut as a director. The song is part of her third studio album A la Recherche de l'Amour Perdu

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SCREENWRITER
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SONGWRITER

I started to write when I was a teenager. Stories first. Then one day three words knocked in my head that sounded like a song: Papa M'Aime Pas. They inspired my first single signed by my mom and lyricist, Lilas Klif. When we started working on my second album, she encouraged me and gave me the confidence to write my own songs. Then I have been blessed to have the trust of record labels such as Polydor-Universal, Wagram, Coca-Cola Music... to support my journey as a songwriter. 

  SONGS DISTRIBUTED BY  

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CLICK on the cover to PLAY the song sample if available.

Slightly twisted, rather well written nursery rhymes that her pop-rock melodies carry effectively.

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MUSIC AVAILABLE ON
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  • Songs on Youtube Music
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FOR COLLABORATIONS, SAMPLES

OR SONG LICENSING...

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