On October 8, Ian Darling’s Shark Island Institute and the Documentary Australia Foundation will host Good Pitch² Australia, an event that will mark Australia’s entry into a landmark funding experience that philanthropists have enjoyed in the UK and US since 2009.

A concept of The BRITDOC Foundation and The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, with support from the Ford Foundation, Australian Good Pitch² is an all-day event that will see seven filmmaker teams pitch their feature documentary ideas and planned outreach campaigns to a table and audience of philanthropists, nonprofit executives, government leaders, and potential social investors.

Philanthropists – Register your interest!

Philanthropists who are interested in creating social impact through film are invited to express their interest in Good Pitch2 Australia audience participation at the Sydney Opera House October 8 event HERE.

Audience participation, questioning, and discussion is encouraged.

“Good Pitch is all about impact,” says Malinda Wink, executive director of Good Pitch² Australia. “It aims to support filmmakers by creating new allegiances, finding new avenues of support funding, growing audience and distribution; and magnifying the social impact of outstanding feature-length documentary films.”

Generosity_Good-Pitch_WideOver the past five years, Good Pitch has presented 128 feature documentary concepts to potential funders, forged 764 new partnerships, and leveraged over $US11.5 million in support for films with a strong social and environmental message.

“We have been impressed by the ability of Good Pitch to build powerful coalitions to work together for cause areas, using film as a central campaign device to influence policy, shift consciousness and drive sustainable social change,” Malinda says.

“Award-winning films supported through Good Pitch – including Invisible War, Bully and The Interrupters – have each had a profound impact across local, national and international contexts.”

Generosity_Good-Pitch_AudienceJointly hosted by Shark Island Institute and Documentary Australia Foundation, with the support of Community Partners Philanthropy Australia and Pro Bono Australia, and drawing on international expertise, the Good Pitch2 Australia team brings together experienced and innovative leaders in the fields of philanthropy, social impact and documentary film.

Each film project selected for event participation benefits from the intensive support of the local Good Pitch2 Australia team and its international counterparts – including Sundance, Britdoc and the Ford Foundation – prior to, and after the event itself. This support is key to building coalitions that deliver sustainable and measureable social impact, say organisers.