Ash Mayfair was born in Vietnam. She received an MFA in filmmaking at NYU Tisch. The screenplay for her first feature, THE THIRD WIFE, was a recipient of the Spike Lee Film Production Award in 2014. The film premiered at TIFF in 2018 and won the NETPAC Jury Award. THE THIRD WIFE has since garnered more than 20 awards worldwide, screened at over 70 film festivals and received distribution in 30+ territories. In 2020, THE THIRD WIFE earned three Spirits Awards Nomination including the Someone To Watch nomination for Ash Mayfair.
Ash Mayfair’s project in development, SKIN OF YOUTH, is about an all-consuming love story between a transgender singer and a dog-cage fighter set in 1998 Saigon, Vietnam. The project has participated in the South-East Asia Fiction Film Lab 2019, Asian Film Market at Busan 2019, Talents Tokyo 2019, Berlinale Co-Production Market 2020 and Cannes La Fabrique 2020. SKIN OF YOUTH is also one of the 4 winners of the NYU Purple List for the best unproduced screenplays written by graduates and is a semi-finalist of the Academy Nicholls Competition in 2020.
Ash Mayfair is also adapting her sister’s debut novel, IF I HAD TWO LIVES, for the screen. This project is developed through the Sundance FilmTwo Lab 2020 and is an official selection of the Berlinale Nipkow Fellowship 2020.