We amplify powerful documentaries to inspire action on important social issues.
Our mission and impact
We connect filmmakers, activists, educators and change-makers and empower them to maximise their advocacy and impact goals.OUR PROGRAMS
It is our mission to advance awareness and inspire action on important social issues by supporting independent documentary filmmakers and organisations on the front-lines of social change, and amplifying the impact of their works to encourage empathy, activism and social transformation.
Our expertise, guidance and resources help creatives, not-for-profits, educators and change-makers work together to achieve their goals and maximise their social impact through the power of documentary.
We enable impact documentary projects to raise tax-deductible funding and make it possible for passionate philanthropists to collaborate with filmmakers to tell stories that change lives.
Dr Mitzi Goldman
Chief Executive Officer
Mitzi is a founder and CEO of Documentary Australia Foundation, having been instrumental in its realisation since its inception in 2006. With 30 years experience as a documentary director, producer and editor through her production company Looking Glass Pictures, she has created many award-winning international documentaries. Her most recent films include Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, which was broadcast on the ABC in October 2015 and Night Parrot Stories, which premiered at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival. Previous credits include A Common Purpose, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival and nominated for Best Feature Doc at the 2012 AACTA Awards. End of the Rainbow (SBS, ARTE, ITVS) screened at over 20 international festivals and was the winner of eight awards including the IDFA 2008 award.
Mitzi’s other credits include Hatred (ABC), Ports of Destiny (SBS), Chinese Take Away (SBS), Bloodlines (ABC), Memoirs of a Plague (NAT GEO) which screened in competition at IDFA 2010, and Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography (SBS 2013). From 2002 to 2008 Mitzi was Co-Head of Documentary at Australian Film Television and Radio School. She has also been Co-Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference, and co-founded OzDox, a monthly forum on documentary culture. Mitzi holds a BA from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Political Philosophy.
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Robin has had an extensive career in the hospitality and wholesale distribution industries in an administrative and financial capacity. Before migrating to Australia, Robin owned and operated an award-winning restaurant in Johannesburg, and after residing in Australia for several years, he returned to Botswana to manage Mashatu Game Lodge. In 1997 he bought into Australia on a Plate, a specialist cheese distribution company, and spent 15 years creating one of the premier wholesaling entities in Australia. An entrepreneur with a focus on strategic decision-making and enabling business growth, Robin has a keen interest in team leadership and staff development.
Education & Impact Director
Katie has been working with Doc Aus since 2015 to develop the youth and education program which supports educators with using documentaries and documentary filmmaking in the classroom. Her role has recently expanded to develop impact strategies for Doc Aus’ impact areas. Katie has been working in the community sector for over 15 years, working with non-profits and social enterprises around fundraising, partnerships, business development, strategy and campaigning. Katie is the Impact Producer for The BULLY Project in Australia – the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning U.S. documentary film BULLY and is founder of Loud Island, a social enterprise working with independent musicians and creators. Katie is on the board of Aid/Watch, Australia’s independent monitor of aid and trade policy.
Sarah is an expert communicator and enthusiastic collaborator. She has a BA in Communications from University of Technology Sydney and a Master of Arts Administration from University of New South Wales Art & Design. Her interest in aesthetics, modes of communication and passion for digital mediums lies in the potential to share experience and perspective. She has worked in marketing and communications in the arts industry and non-profit sector for the past 8 years, combining expertise in design, program development, campaign strategy and audience engagement. Sarah is passionate about gender equality/ women’s rights, and is also an advocate for the LGBTI community and environmental protection. Sarah joined Doc Aus at the start of 2017 and is excited to continue working toward advancing social justice and human rights through the power of visual activism and storytelling.
Events & Office Manager
Commencing with Documentary Australia in January 2017, Annie has 15 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector, including providing NSW/ACT Member Services for Philanthropy Australia, the national peak body for trusts and foundations, and as Grants and Office Manager for the Nelson Meers Foundation. Annie’s career has spanned all areas of philanthropy. She has had a continual interface with Australian philanthropists and non-profit members, and coordinated specialised events for Philanthropy Australia whilst also managing an array of databases and applications; supported the implementation of strategic plans; managed national conferences and coordinated the logistics for a philanthropists’ New York Study tour in 2014. Annie has a passionate interest in documentary film and is excited to have joined the Documentary Australia team.
Samantha Meers is Executive Deputy Chairman of property and investment group the Nelson Meers Group, and Co-Founder and Trustee of the Nelson Meers Foundation. Her current board appointments include Chairman of Belvoir St Theatre; Deputy Chairman of the Federal Government’s Creative Partnerships Australia; a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and Director of the State Library of NSW Foundation. Sam also sits on advisory boards for the University of Sydney and the Centre for Social Impact at the University of NSW. Sam began her career as a commercial lawyer with Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King and Wood Mallesons), and her executive career included senior management roles in the media sector. Sam is a member of Chief Executive Women and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kevin is currently Consultant, Corporate Engagement & Philanthropy. His career has spanned the travel, telecommunications and investment banking industries. During his time as Executive Director of Goldman Sachs Office of Corporate Engagement, Kevin managed a program of community involvement in Australia and NZ, was a member of their Environmental Forum, and sat on the Advisory Committee to their Foundation. A founding member of the Australian Business & Community Network, Kevin also chaired Philanthropy Australia’s NSW Education Affinity Group. Most recently Kevin has consulted for the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the Centennial Parklands Foundation, The George Institute for Global Health and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He is also a Director of Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
Gemma is currently Division Director of Brand and Marketing for global financial services firm Macquarie Group. She has over 20 years’ experience in brand, marketing and event management. Her current role with Macquarie includes responsibility for a multi-disciplinary global team including brand strategy, design and production, sponsorship, event management and content marketing. Gemma’s experience includes roles across variety of sectors from government projects to consumer brands and professional sport in Australia and Europe.
Jacqui is currently ANZ Managing Director of Fox Networks Groups (FNG) and National Geographic Partners. She is a senior media executive with experience in delivering major strategic projects. In her current role, Jacqui oversees all aspects of the company’s TV operations for both FX and Nat Geo covering programming, marketing, advertising sales, finance and regulation, as well as management of affiliate partner relationships. Jacqui is also responsible for National Geographic Partner’s multiplatform and non-channel assets to drive growth across publishing, licensing and merchandising, events and travel. She previously worked at Foxtel launching the Presto SVOD service, and leading various third party content partnerships and initiatives. Jacqui has also worked for organisations including PAN TV, the NSW Film & Television Office, ABC TV, ABC Enterprises and the BBC.
Joanna (JoJo) Ferris
JoJo is currently Pacific Sports Partnerships Program Manager. She advises non-profit and sporting bodies on how sport can be used as a tool for social development. She was the Founding Manager of the joint UNAIDS and Oceania National Olympic Committees STOP HIV Pacific program, the Oceania Manager for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, FIBA Head of Basketball for Development and has wide-ranging experience in the arts and not-for-profit sectors. JoJo holds a Masters in International Health, Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies and Art Theory, and a Diploma in documentary-making from the Sydney Film School. JoJo is a Director of the Ferris Family Foundation.
During 20 years as a business journalist and editor, Narelle has worked for Australia’s leading media groups including the ABC, Fairfax Media and SBS TV and has interviewed everyone from the Prime Minister to the heads of the Reserve Bank and Treasury. Narelle is a former editor of the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine and was founding co-chair of the Financial Review’s Women of Influence Awards 2012-2014. A sought-after adviser and facilitator, Narelle has consulted for organisations including the Business Council of Australia, the Property Council of Australia and the South Australian Government. Narelle has long been committed to sustainable business and leadership models, and in 2015 co-authored the agenda-setting book New Women, New Men, New Economy, which shows how inclusive workplace cultures help businesses drive innovation and perform better over time. In addition to her role at DAF, Narelle is a non-executive director of The Ethics Centre and SBE Australia which runs the Springboard Enterprises Accelerator program for women’s global entrepreneurship.
James is an experienced finance professional with significant experience in finance, strategy and corporate development in the consumer products and media industries. Currently with Wesfarmers, James has previously held CFO positions for Sara Lee Corporation’s Australia and New Zealand business, Valspar Australia and New Zealand, and Pinnacle Bakeries. James has contributed to several non-profit arts organisations in an advisory capacity in both Sydney and Chicago. James holds an MBA from Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University, has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Ian is a partner of the law firm Allens and works in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications team. He is a media and telecommunications regulatory law expert, and also advises a range of companies on corporate governance issues – and he presents regular seminars to clients and staff of Allens on the duties of company directors. Ian has been a partner at Allens since 1990 and is a former managing partner of the firm Allen Allen and Hemsley (as Allens was then known). He has a strong interest in Australian television and film content, financing and production and has acted for many content producers and film industry participants over the years.
Sue Maslin is one of Australia’s most successful film, television and digital content producers with a track record of creating award winning feature and documentary films. Sue established Film Art Media in 2008 which distributes screen content across many platforms. Sue’s outstanding 35-year contribution to the Australian screen industry has been recognised in numerous ways. She was appointed Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University and in 2012 received the inaugural Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry. Reflecting her commitment to advocacy for women, Sue is currently a Patron of Women In Film and Television and the President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship, an organisation dedicated to inspiring leadership and increasing the participation of women in the screen industry.
Andrew has had a long involvement with investment, property development, film and philanthropy. He is currently a director of Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd has been an investor since the 1990’s. His major property developments since 2002 include The Well at Camberwell, a mixed-use shopping center and Roi, a residential complex of 175 apartments in North Fitzroy. Andrew has produced and executive produced Australian feature films and television including Radiance, Three Dollars, Look Both Ways, Romulus My Father, My Year without Sex, Dangerous Remedy, Balibo, Make Hummus Not War, Monsieur Mayonnaise, and Paper Planes. Andrew has been a director and deputy chair of Filmfest Ltd (Melbourne International Film Festival) since 2005, and was Vice President of Bush Heritage Australia for seven years until 2016. He is currently a Trustee of The Sidney Myer Fund and a director of The Andyinc Foundation.
Mark is currently Managing Director, Menza Holdings Pty Limited. He is a specialist adviser and consultant to corporates and government in the complex world of asset finance. Mark has been in the asset and structured finance industry for over 40 years with almost half of that time as a senior executive with Allco Finance Group Ltd. Mark was a founding director of Allco Foundation Limited, and over the three years the Foundation was in place, it raised over $2.5m through staff engagement, fundraising and volunteering. Over the past 20 years, Mark has, and continues to, participate in many community events for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Oxfam and the Clown Doctors.
'Heart of Our Story’: Our 2008-2016 Review
This review traces our first eight years and highlights the progress we made during that time in the fields of documentary and social change.