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.
Impact + Education Director
Katie has been working with Documentary Australia since 2015. Katie has developed the youth and education program, impact program and alongside Mitzi has Executive Produced Backtrack Boys and Undermined: Tales From The Kimberley. 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.
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.
Clara Williams Roldan
Impact and Education Director
Clara began working as an Impact Producer in 2016, developing strategies and campaigns around documentary films to create social impact. Clara is passionate about creating change through storytelling and documentary film and has worked on films across a range of issues areas, including Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, Cast from the Storm and Backtrack Boys. Clara has also worked as a policy and legislation advisor in NSW Parliament, focusing on the policy areas of Aboriginal Affairs, Health, Disability, Ageing and Forestry. In this role, she has worked within the Parliamentary system to help stakeholders and community groups achieve policy and legislative change. Most recently, Clara has co-authored a non-fiction book, Quitting Plastic.
Strategic Relationships Manager
Having lived in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Edwina is fascinated by culture and deeply interested finding solutions to big global problems. She believes that in a time of exponential change, the immediacy and impact of documentary can accelerate our understanding of the big issues and help us create positive common goals and systems change. She comes to her development role with business experience and is interested in helping donors identify what they want to achieve and how to support the type of change that is meaningful to them.
Diego Garcia Luna
Digital and Communications Manager
Diego is passionate about social change and the power information can give individuals. He believes, in today’s fast-moving world, digital communications play a vital role ensuring society remains well informed. Living or working in Mexico City, Singapore, Chiang Mai, Qatar and Sydney – has shown him first-hand the meaningful connections that are made through storytelling and the spark they create.
Diego has previously worked in the social sector, co-founding community organisations for the LGBTQI+ community, advocating for health programs and working with Indigenous entrepreneurs to develop business strategies. With experience in social media management, business development and content strategy; he hopes to facilitate social change by spreading information far and wide.
Impact Evaluation officer
Lucy has extensive experience as a social impact evaluator in the not-for-profit, government and university sectors. She has designed and implemented numerous evaluations and outcome frameworks, including at The Salvation Army, The Benevolent Society and Macquarie University, and conducted research to support child protection services at FACS. She has also worked in social policy roles and co-designed an innovative early learning program for disadvantaged families. Lucy is passionate about using data and information to tell powerful stories, facilitate strategic impact and create social change.
Samantha Meers AO
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.
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.
Ben Ferris is one of Australia’s most respected experts in education for the screen and media sector, and is a passionate champion of the arts. He founded the UBS Film School at the University of Sydney in 2001, and the world-renowned Sydney Film School in 2004, built around the core values of Courage, Curiosity and Compassion. As its Director for fourteen years he has produced 1000+ alumni who work in the film industry in more than 40 countries worldwide, and 1000+ student short films that have been screened in hundreds of film festivals worldwide, including 20 Academy-Accredited festival screenings. He has built study exchange programs into leading film institutes around the world including into Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow. Mr Ferris is also an internationally critically acclaimed film writer/director in his own right, winning the Akira Kurosawa Grand Prix in Tokyo in 2005, and in 2018 was nominated for the prestigious Eurimages Project Lab Award at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Anita Jacoby AM
Anita Jacoby is one of Australia’s most experienced media executives. An award-winning TV and film producer she has created and produced hundreds of hours of content across most genres including documentary, factual and current affairs. Anita is currently an Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. More recently she was Managing Director of ITV Studios, responsible for the Australian operations of this UK publicly listed company. Prior to ITV, Anita managed one of the most successful independent production companies, Zapruder’s other films alongside Andrew Denton. Zapruder’s produced many original programs and documentaries including Enough Rope, The Gruen Transfer, Elders, Angels & Demons and God on My Side. Her work has seen her awarded five Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, an AACTA, an Order of Australia Media Award, Logie, Asia-Pacific Broadcast Union Award and numerous other professional awards.
Anita is a strong advocate for women in media and leadership. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Director’s. She’s also a Director of Women in Media, the Australian Film Institute/AACTA, The Funding Network, an Ambassador and Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh 60th Anniversary Committee, a member of Screen Producer’s Australia and an Ambassador/Advisory Board member for 1 Million Women. Anita has also been a Director of headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation), Arts Law Centre Australia and the NSW Alzheimer’s Advisory Board. She also supports a number of NFP’s, including the Belvoir Theatre and since 2013 has overseen an annual scholarship for young broadcast journalists through the prestigious Walkley Foundation.
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
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.
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.
Andrew Myer AM
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.
Michael is the founding Director of 9Springs, a privately held Australian property investment and advisory group working with ASX listed organisations, private companies, family offices and not-for-profit clients. Michael has held multiple roles with high growth organisations focused on driving strategy and has had experience in international capital markets, including managing the delivery of projects up to A$2b. Michael is the co-founder of the property tech start-up, Blockbrief and is a mentor and early-stage investor to a number of Australian start-up companies. Michael comes from a family of professional musicians and is a strong advocate for the arts in Australia. Michael is a founding member of DAF’s DocYou program.
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.
Find out what makes us tick and read 'Heart of Our Story’: Our 2008-2016 Review that traces our first eight years and highlights the progress we made during that time in the fields of documentary and social change.