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With the recent success of television series such as DON’T STOP THE MUSIC, the need for social impact producers is in high demand.

Screenwest will be hosting a social impact producing master class with Documentary Australia’s Storyworks program run by Mitzi Goldman.

The course will run from Saturday, 9 February 2019 to Sunday, 10 February 2019 at Screenwest.


How to Apply

Screenwest encourages a mix of practitioners to apply, particularly:

  • Key Creatives with projects which lend to a social impact strategy
  • And practitioners who do not necessarily have a project but are interested in social impact producing.

Places are limited with up to 30 spots available. If you are interested in attending, please email by Monday 14, January 2019 with a paragraph addressing:

  • What makes you a suitable candidate to attend the course, and
  • How this course would benefit your career.

Please also include a current CV (No more than one page).

Applicants will be assessed on:

  1. The potential career benefits to the filmmaker
  2. The quality and audience potential of the project/s submitted (if relevant), and
  3. The filmmaker’s experience to date.


About the course

Key to successful impact producing is understanding the role a social impact documentary has as a central tool in an impact campaign. The masterclass takes participants through the model that an impact producer works with in order to create impact, attract partners and engage audiences. By the end of the course participants will understand what key skills and materials are needed to successfully produce impact and how to develop effective social sector partnerships around a film project. Including:

  • A 1-2 page case for support
  • Mapping the issue area
  • Identifying relevant key players and organisations working on the issue
  • Creating an Impact Vision Statement
  • What is a Theory of Change
  • Strategic planning
  • Fundraising plan
  • Evaluation plan

The two-day masterclass and workshop will assist filmmakers to understand how the DAF impact model, in particular impact producing and philanthropic funding fits with the traditional screen industry model of finance and distribution, and how to build collaborative partnerships and impact strategies. Detailed case studies will be presented and analysed and templates for ongoing work will be provided.

The two-day masterclass includes teamwork activities that will help participants test and refine their project materials. Where possible, speakers will be invited to broaden creative thinking in how to contribute to social impact. Examples of discussions are:

  • What is an impact producer (role and responsibilities)
  • How impact campaigns work with examples of different models
  • Strategic mapping sharing and feedback
  • How to build an impact campaign
  • Building perfectly aligned partnerships

By the end of the course participants will understand what key skills and materials are needed to successfully produce impact and how to develop effective social sector partnerships around a screen project.


More information

For more information about this event, please contact:

Eva Di Blasio, Talent Development Manager

T: +61 8 6169 2107

Franziska Wagenfeld, Factual Executive
+61 8 6169 2110


About Dr Mitzi Goldman

Mitzi is a founder and CEO of the Documentary Australia Foundation, having been instrumental in its realisation since its inception in 2006.

With thirty years’ experience as a documentary director, producer and editor, through her production company, Looking Glass Pictures, she has created many award-winning international documentaries.

For the last decade Mitzi has been building and nurturing philanthropic engagement with documentary storytelling. She understands the philanthropic landscape including foundations and trusts, individual major gifts, collective giving and community foundations.

Much of her time has been spent over the last 10 years building relationships, learning about why people give and exploring the rapidly evolving intersections between social impact motivations and the role powerful storytelling can play in uniting and inspiring audiences.

From 2002 – 2008 Mitzi was Co-Head of Documentary at AFTRS (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 University of Sydney and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Political Philosophy.


About Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF)

Documentary Australia Foundation supports powerful documentaries by placing them at the heart of social impact campaigns and surrounding them with discerning funders, not-for-profits, educators, policy-makers and communities.

They offer guidance and expertise that helps each sector work together to use documentary to further advocacy and impact goals.

Contact DAF

T: +61 2 9397 1473


Contact Screenwest

T: +61 8 6169 2100

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Posted 19 December 2018

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