Documentary Australia Foundation is
turning 10 next year!
approach our tenth anniversary, we find ourselves reflecting on what we’ve achieved
over the decade and why we remain as passionate and dedicated to the work as we were ten years ago - probably even more so.
continues to be one of the most effective ways to contribute to building a more
compassionate society. The deeply personal stories of many of those within our
communities are often unknown. Stories that tell us how people fled from their
countries, live with disability, cope with tragedy, contribute in heroic ways
to environmental change, or stories that share the inspiration when people
write, paint, act and sing our collective experience as humans – these are the
stories that connect and change us.
At DAF, we are committed to helping
documentaries be made and seen. Not just because they are a treasured art form,
but because of what they can make happen in society.
isn’t the documentary alone that changes the world. It is how the documentary
aligns with the aims and objectives of the many not for profits who are working
at the coal face of the most pressing issues in our community. Collective impact happens when we surround films with
partners who carry them into their worlds and use them to raise awareness and
activate social action. Films bring to life the stories that those in the
social sector are working with daily – violence against women, struggles with
mental health, youth unemployment and disadvantage, refugee experiences of
trauma and isolation, environmental issues and the transformation that art
How are the films
Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe is being used with partners who are front line workers
with refugees and women survivors of violence, such as the police, social
workers, councillors, human rights advocates, legal services, medical services
and schools. The impact goals aim to change attitudes, deepen understanding and
build empathy to contribute towards a culture of respect for women. The film
was generously supported by One Hundred Women - a group dedicated to
breaking the silence, deepening understanding and building empathy towards
women who have experienced violence and abuse.
Gayby Baby played an
essential role in humanising the marriage equality debate taking us into the
lives of same-sex parented families and hearing the children’s perspectives.
Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation revealed the
addictive design of the poker machine and
re-ignited the campaign to reduce harm caused by pokie addiction. The film has
catalysed the support of over 200 partner organisations working with the social
cost of gambling and has spawned the Proudly Pokie Free campaign, the next
generation working towards pokie free venues.
Blue has shown us how industrial scale
fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution are irretrievably
altering the nature of our oceans. The impact campaign engages “ocean
guardians” to work with key partner organisations to reduce plastics, advocate
for sustainable seafood, and advocate for marine sanctuaries.
What we’ve achieved
over ten years?
Over the last 10 years, we have sown the seeds of a
new idea, seen them take root and are now witnessing rapid growth and
excitement to engage in our model. With hundreds of partnerships bringing
hundreds of documentaries to diverse audiences, we are at a critical point of
Looking ahead, with the wisdom of hindsight, what have we
We’ve learnt that both funders and filmmakers need
support along the way – these documentaries don’t
just happen without the governance, passion, commitment and guidance of our
small team here at Documentary Australia Foundation. We search for the best
projects, we align the films with the aims of discerning funders, we curate
outreach partnerships with the right mix of people, we offer strong financial
governance for donors and we inform education resources and impact strategies.
We make it possible for these films to the have the kind of impact that changes
lives. The greatest success has come from those projects where we have
held the hands of our donors and our filmmakers.
to do this, we need core support.
the success of our model has grown, so too has the demand on our expertise and
For our tenth
anniversary, we are launching our 10 x 10 x 10 campaign. We are inviting 100
supporters to pledge $10k per annum. To begin, our aim is to raise $1million
per annum for the next three years.
Over the next
three years we will be able to:
- Embed more
documentaries at the heart of social impact campaigns – across our six priority
areas – environment, human rights/social justice, indigenous issues and
culture, youth and education, health and wellbeing and the arts.
powerful coalitions of partners in the social sector placing documentary at the
core of the issue areas, giving our not for profit partners tools to use for
their aims and supporting the films with the collective impact that these
pathways to audience provide.
- Scale and work
more effectively digitally with online resources, screening programs and events
that reach broad audiences with targeted impact aims.
and reliable core support is enormously valuable. It allows organisations to
stick with it over time, to be persistent, to learn and gain experience and
build momentum and capacity. It provides the security needed so we can focus
completely and strategically on the work itself.
We urge you — please join our powerful storytelling
movement and support the work we do here at Documentary Australia Foundation.