Frequently asked questions
Watch the below video for a quick introductory tour of the new website, how to navigate it, new functions and the perks of creating an account.
Established in 2008, Documentary Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting documentary filmmakers to share important stories to inspire collective and individual change across a broad range of issues. We do this by offering fiscal sponsorship (Deductible Gift Recipient Status), access to online resources and in-person training to help films achieve their goals and maximise their social impact.
We do not actively search for grants for individual films, unless you are invited into our Films in Focus Program. Filmmakers must do their own research, and identify potential donors and foundations. We can provide guidance to filmmakers when they are applying for a grant, and as we hold the DGR status, we will apply for grants on your behalf (i.e. Documentary Australia Foundation becomes the applicant). Please contact us at least three weeks before the deadline to discuss your grant application. We also strongly encourage you to attend a workshop (Sydney, Melbourne + soon to be online) which can set you on the path to finding appropriate grants, and guides you in how to approach individuals. Check out the Resources section which will help get you started.
When you receive your first donation through Documentary Australia, we will send you a notification asking for your Australian bank account details. If you would like to provide your bank details earlier, please contact us.
It takes us about a month to process all the applications and then allow for Documentary Australia’s board of directors to assess them. You will receive an email confirming your application’s status once decisions have been made.
We host day-long workshops several times a year in Sydney, Melbourne and other States on request.They are run by experienced filmmakers and impact producers. Attending a workshop is an invaluable way to learn how to seek funding, how to run impact campaigns, how to communicate with donors, and much more. The workshops are also an excellent chance to meet other filmmakers who are working to make the world a better place – with their stories – it’s an inspirational day! Learn more here.
According to the University of Michigan’s Centre for Social Impact, social impact is “A significant, positive change that addresses a pressing social challenge.” Achieving a social impact is the result of a deliberate set of activities with a goal around this definition.
In response to trends in philanthropic giving, we focus our work around 7 key issues areas:
• Health + Wellbeing
• Human Rights + Social Justice
• The Arts
• Youth + Education
• Women + Girls
We have found that most films that are submitted to Documentary Australia for fiscal sponsorship fit into these areas. Although we focus most of our resources and support in these areas, we are not limited to films around these topics.
You can continue to update your project while it is still in draft, and also after it has been approved. You cannot update your project after you have submitted it for approval, until your project has been approved.
To continue to update/edit your project:
• Login and navigate to your dashboard
• Under the ‘campaigns’ menu, click on my campaigns
• Here you will see a list of your campaigns and an edit button which will allow you to edit this existing project. If you make changes to a tab make sure you click update on that tab before moving to the next or you may lose your work.
Your video’s privacy settings may be restricting our website from embedding your video. You will need to set the video for ‘anyone’ to be able to view it and that you either allow it to be embedded ‘anywhere’ or you can add our URL: https://documentaryaustralia.com.au/
More info here:
If you would like your video to remain private and just share it with Documentary Australia staff, you can add the link and password into the ‘screener’ field in the media tab of your application.
The funding goal or target is populated in the ‘fundraising strategy’ tab in the field “How much (total) are you aiming to raise through grants and donations?*”