Carlotta Cerquetti studied photography at the IED in Rome and learned the ropes from fashion photographer Hiro in New York. She has contributed stories and photos to Epoca and other Italian and foreign magazines, from L'Espresso to Elle. Her first short film, Interno 12, won the prize for best debut film at the Valdarno Festival, the Akman Award at the Antalya Festival in Turkey, and a special mention at Capalbio Cinema. From 2011 to 2014, Cerquetti was second unit director on Cristina Comencini's films When the Night and Latin Lover. In 2007 her documentary Il nostro Rwanda premiered at the Rome Film Festival, while another documentary, Ageroland, won a special mention at the Ischia Film Festival, the Avanti! Award at the Naples Film Festival and the Roberto Rossellini Prize. In 2014 she made a video with artist Giosetta Fioroni, The Golden Bough, for Valentino.