Built on more than a decade of experience, the Impact Producer Program aims to train the next generation of impact producers. This program is the first of its kind in Australia, developed in response to the increasingly unmet demand for experienced professionals to undertake this role.
In 2023, Documentary Australia launched the Impact Producer Program – a new ten-month professional development program that commenced in February.
Through this new program, our goal is to share the knowledge we have gained to support people in applying their professional experience to strategise, fundraise and use documentaries as a tool to create change on pressing social issues.
This unique program provides opportunities for professionals to move into this new and rewarding profession and develop their skills within a creative and supportive environment.
2023 Impact Producer Program Participants
2023 pilot program currently taking place until December 2023
4 x Participants Supported
6 x Impact Campaigns Supported
6 x Documentary Australia Team Mentors
3 x Industry Masterclasses
Participants will then put their learning into practice for several months, embedded in the Impact and Evaluation Department. They will develop their skills and experience in a hands-on setting and work on impact campaigns, fundraising, partnerships, and events for social impact documentary films.
Participants will embedded within the Documentary Australia Impact and Evaluation Department and receive mentorship from team members.
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.