We are committed to creating collective impact on the world’s environmental crisis through documentary storytelling.

 

The world’s environment is changing faster than ever before – our global temperatures are steadily rising, habitat destruction is driving species to extinction and our vast oceans are becoming uninhabitable. Yet, whilst we all face this complex environmental challenge with various intersecting communities and facets, not everyone sees the need for urgent action.

This is why at Documentary Australia, we believe stories with focused impact campaigns are desperately needed to create effective social change.

Documentary storytelling has a long history of giving voice to the voiceless, of listening to those who are not often heard. Observation of the lives of others, human or animal, can convey what facts alone cannot. Here are some facts. Whales are mammals and give birth to live young. They have complex languages and social structures.
But to watch a mother pilot whale carrying her dead calf on her back, grieving in Blue Planet II – these facts are transformed into something more powerful. Something closer to truth. Nature’s voice rings clear.

Documentary Australia’s Environmental Documentary Program focuses on curating a slate of great films by building capacity in the film teams, and working with filmmakers to support the development of successful impact campaigns that will work to create collective impact and keep the environment on the agenda for years to come.

 


The Environmental Documentary Incubator programs

Throughout 2020 and 2021 our Documentary Incubator Programs worked closely with documentary filmmakers to amplify their social impact and better engage the public on climate action.

Nineteen films have successfully undertaken this program – each telling a unique story that touches on the challenges faced by our planet, inspiring us to take action to protect our climate and biodiversity.

You can read about our 2020 Documentary Incubator Program here and find out what the films had achieved a year later here.

You can also read about our 2021 Documentary Incubator Program here to understand the impact these powerful stories aim to create.

 


Accelerating Documentary Impact 2022

Documentary storytelling has a long history of giving voice to the voiceless, of listening to those who are not often heard. Observation of the lives of others, human or animal, can convey what facts alone cannot. Here are some facts. Whales are mammals and give birth to live young. They have complex language and social structures.
But to watch a mother pilot whale carrying her dead calf on her back, grieving in Blue Planet II – these facts are transformed into something more powerful. Something closer to truth. Nature’s voice rings clear.

The Environmental Documentary Accelerator is the next iteration of this program – moving from capacity building to implementation, from stories to action and impact.

Read about the suite of films that are taking part in the accelerator in 2022  and support our environmental program here.