'Heart of Our Story': Our 2008-2016 Review
This review traces our story from 2008 to 2016 and highlights the progress we have made to date in the fields of documentary and social change. Here are some highlights from our first eight years:
We have grown from supporting 23 films in 2008 to over 600 films as of 2016.
Through the ongoing assistance of our supporters, we were able to upgrade our website infrastructure so that filmmakers can crowd-fund for their projects on our site, and simultaneously build platforms that can help them highlight the importance of documentary to their supporters.
Our partnership with Shark Island Institute brought Good Pitch² to Australian shores. The Australian Good Pitch² documentary pitching forums generated incredible and ongoing philanthropic support for thirteen outstanding films, each of which has a powerful social impact component.
We have also partnered with Sydney Film Festival to sponsor an award for outstanding Australian documentary.
Our strategic plan for the next three to five years includes a focus on six new program areas, and we began working towards this with the launch of our Indigenous Program in 2015. The Indigenous Program celebrates positive Indigenous stories, and supports Indigenous filmmakers by linking them to the organisations working at the coalface of Aboriginal disempowerment.
We have also recently launched our Youth and Education Program - DAF.ed(ucation) - which will work with teachers and students through educational initiatives that use documentary as a central tool in the classroom with a special focus on young people in need. And there’s so much more to do.
With the support of people like you, we can continue to connect people to the issues that matter most, and ensure lasting social change propelled by powerful documentary films.
It’s an important time for documentaries internationally, and we're proud to be leading the way here in Australia with a new model that embraces philanthropy and the social sector by spotlighting stories that connect audiences to the social issues that matter most.
We hope you enjoy reading more about our progress and achievements over the last eight years by clicking 'enter' on the graphic above.