In 2023, Documentary Australia launched the Impact Producer Program – a new 10-month professional development program.
The program is built on over a decade of experience and aims to train the next generation of impact producers. The first of its kind in Australia; the program was developed in response to the increasingly unmet demand for experienced professionals to undertake this role.
Placements for 2023 were awarded to four participants Andrea Foxworthy, Mel Harwin, Natasha Akib and Rowena Potts. Read more about the 2023 participants below.
The second year will commence in March 2024 and train two participants for 8 months. Participants to be announced in March 2024.
Participants will then put their learning into practice, embedded in the Impact and Evaluation Department. They will develop their skills and experience in a hands-on setting and work on impact campaigns for social impact documentary films under the guidance of the Documentary Australia team.
Participants will be mentored by Documentary Australia’s impact, evaluation, and fundraising teams to develop knowledge, skills and practical experience of campaigns.
- Recruited and mentored 4 x program participants
- Developed 8 professional learning modules
- Participants supported six social-impact campaigns
- 17 formal learning and capacity building sessions
- 5 capacity building sessions and mini masterclasses with industry experts
- 3 public facing masterclasses with over 640 attendee
- 4 x Participants Supported
Meet the team
Dr Mitzi Goldman
In this masterclass series, we will meet panels of impact producers, industry experts and award-winning filmmakers to discover the key to successful impact campaigns. The masterclass series illustrates how to create impact, build movements, maximise distribution models, attract donors, build partnerships, and engage audiences.
Recent Masterclasses to watch below:
- FUNDING FOR IMPACT with panel of Andrew Myer AM – Chair of Documentary
Australia and Chair of Sidney Myer Fund, Belinda Morrissey – CEO of the English
Family Foundation, and Duy Huynh and Andrew Kelly – Director/Producers of
documentary How to Thrive.
- with panel of campaigners Tony Mohr and Emily Reeves.
What is an impact producer?
An impact producer is responsible for designing and implementing strategic impact and education strategies around social impact documentaries. An impact producer will place a documentary film as a central tool in a campaign by building collaboration with a broad range of partners across civil society.
There is an increasing demand for impact producers in the Australian documentary sector as films forge new pathways to audiences beyond broadcast, festival, and theatrical release.