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.
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.
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.
Impact & Education Director
Stephanie (she/her) is a documentary filmmaker and impact producer working on unceded Gadigal, Gooniyandi and Bunuba lands. She is known for Undermined – Tales From the Kimberley, which premiered at MIFF and was awarded the Antenna Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary ahead of festivals and a national cinema release. As a director, Stephanie has created short docs for The Guardian, The Australian, The West and National Indigenous Times. Her series Voices of the River premiered at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and won Best Documentary awards at Sydney Web Fest, Apulia Web Fest, and New Zealand Web Fest, before releasing online with impact partners and achieving a record 43,000 submissions to a government inquiry. She made follow-up series Martuwarra: River of Life with the Martuwarra Council for broadcast on NITV in 2022. Stephanie has consulted on Telly Award-winning Young, Black and Behind Bars (Al Jazeera), Incarceration Nation (NITV/SBS) and Climate Change & Other Small Talk (Why Not Theatre), and was a 2021 fellow with UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn, NY.
Stephanie has also worked in the university sector, winning Green Gown Awards for her social welfare and environmental sustainability campaigns at University of Technology Sydney. She recently worked as a researcher on Indigenous housing, climate change, social equity and policy with the University of Sydney and Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
Partnerships & Development Director
Impact & Evaluation Director
Commencing with Documentary Australia in 2016, Lisa has led impact campaigns for award-winning Australian documentary films, including Backtrack Boys (Dir. Catherine Scott), Incarceration Nation (Dir. Dean Gibson), Visible Farmer web-series (Dir. Gisela Kauffman and Producer Carston Orlt), and Delikado (Dir. Karl Malakunas).
Lisa has mentored over 20 environmental films in impact as part of the Documentary Australia Environmental Incubator Program in 2020/21 and is managing the 2023 Environmental Accelerator Program. In 2023, Lisa also leads and mentors Impact Producers in the inaugural Documentary Australia Impact Producer Program.
Lisa has over 25 years of experience in PR, marketing, events, digital communications, and design management working for high-profile agencies and campaigns including Ogilvy, Naked, There Design, Play Events and London-based agencies including Freud Communications.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Emily has a background in marketing and content production with a focus on the not-for-profit, news, travel and entertainment sectors.
Emily believes in the importance of telling the stories that need to be heard, the stories that can help educate, empower and encourage positive change on both an individual level and as a wider community. This is why Emily loves documentaries and enjoys being part of Documentary Australia.
Diego Garcia Luna
Digital and Communications Manager
Andrew Myer AM
Andrew Myer AM is currently Chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund (since 2020 and a trustee since 2011) and for five years held the position of Director and Co-Vice President of The Myer Foundation. Andrew served as a Trustee of Arts Centre Melbourne (2018-2021) and Chair of the Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation (2017-2022). He has been the Chair of Documentary Australia since June 2022. A producer and executive producer of more than ten Australian feature films, Andrew’s credits include Radiance, Three Dollars, Look Both Ways, Paper Planes and The Dry. Andrew was on the council of the Australian Film Television and Radio School for six years.
Anita Jacoby AM
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.
Sue Maslin AO
In 1994, after 15 years working in recruitment in the UK and Australia, Winsome founded the Sydney-based recruitment company Quay Appointments. Over the following years, Winsome built it to a turnover of 60 million dollars per annum, and in mid-2019, she successfully sold Quay to a large international firm.
Since the sale of her business, Winsome has turned her attention to sharing what she has learned, helping companies through recruitment challenges, as well as assisting with business development and working as a leadership and executive coach, growth adviser, mentor.