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Story Works: a new social impact storytelling program for early career filmmakers


Documentary Australia Foundation today announces the launch of Story Works, a new skills development program on social impact storytelling for early career documentary filmmakers in Victoria.

Story Works will support documentary filmmakers to have a better understanding of the impact that their stories have on the world. It will teach them how to surround documentary storytelling with philanthropic, social and corporate sector partnerships and how to build social impact strategies around their films. 

With the support of program partner Film Victoria, DAF will deliver the program across two days in February and March 2018 in Melbourne.

The program is open for entrants with a strong documentary project with a clear impact goal, or a background in the social sector, campaigning or storytelling with the desire to use these skills for documentary filmmaking.

The program includes two face-to-face masterclasses alongside self-paced online learning that students will have access to throughout the year.

The masterclasses will be presented by Documentary Australia Foundation CEO, Dr Mitzi Goldman, and Impact & Education Director, Katie Barry, who will share their sector knowledge, hints and tips, clips and case studies with participants to enhance knowledge and skills.

Industry guest speakers will also be invited to share their experiences in funding and partnering with social impact documentaries and their impact campaigns.

“These masterclasses teach skills that are not usually taught within filmmaking courses but are essential when working in social impact documentary” says Impact & Education Director Katie Barry.

“Many young early career professionals are driven by social aims and objectives and some may already understand campaign and advocacy work. Applying this to the world of documentary and strategically using the documentary as the core of the campaign is what this program is about.”

The program will also encourage early career filmmakers to be entrepreneurial and innovative in shaping their ideas creatively and thinking laterally about attracting partners.

Participants will be given access to the online learning modules in early February. Participants will be expected to complete the relevant online learning modules prior to attending the respective masterclasses.


Masterclass 1: Funding and Partnerships

How to develop partnerships to attract philanthropic funding

Date Wednesday 28 February 2018, 10am-4pm

Masterclass 2: How to build an Impact Campaign

How to create a strategy to achieve social change objectives using
documentary film

Date Thursday 22 March 2018, 10am-4pm

Bookings are now open.

20 places available
Melbourne venue still to be announced.

Attendance at both dates is preferred. Consideration may be given to those wanting to attend one class pending availability.

Program Fee

$250.00 (includes both masterclasses and online)

$150.00 (one masterclass and online)

For bookings visit www.documentaryaustralia.com.au/events

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