Doc Society's
Art & Impact Fellowship Australia


Are you working on an amazing social impact documentary project and need some creative inspiration to develop your story? Would you like to learn more about how COVID-19 is changing the international distribution and impact landscape? Are you looking for help to develop your impact strategy, broker new partnerships and access audiences across the world?

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Deadline: 10 July 2022, 5pm AEST

In partnership with Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) and supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise Funding Program, Doc Society's Art & Impact Fellowship is inviting 5 Australian projects working at the intersection of storytelling and impact to join a year-long creative mentorship and impact strategy fellowship starting this September.

The documentary teams will be lead through the year to build effective strategies for using an independent documentary as a tool for change, focusing on storytelling skills, developing impact campaigns and distribution strategies, creating audience engagement and finding new pathways to finance.

Led by Global Director of Good Pitch at Doc Society, Malinda Wink, and Doc Society’s Director of Australian Programs, Hollie Fifer, the program begins with a five-day Story & Impact Lab from 12-15 September 2022. Ongoing support includes workshops and mentoring, access to the AIDC marketplace in March 2023, and a capstone market pitch to key international and Australian decision-makers and impact partners, with all opportunities tailored to each project.

Applications are now open and we are looking for ambitious documentary stories that tackle a national or global issue, with something important to show about the world or ourselves.

Projects within the broad canvas of documentary are welcome - films, podcasts, VR or mixed media. Projects can be at any stage, from early production to rough cut.

There is no fee to apply nor to participate in the Fellowship.

Successful applicants will be informed by 1st August 2022.

More About The Programme

For further information visit Doc Society, check out the global Good Pitch programme here or contact Hollie Fifer, Director of Australian Programs, at

More About Doc Society

Doc Society is a non-profit founded in the UK in 2005, committed to enabling great documentaries and connecting them to audiences globally.

We have 24 team members, the majority headquartered in the UK with further cells in the USA, Australia and the Netherlands.

Our mission is to bring people together to unleash the transformational power of independent documentary film. We support artist-driven film with social purpose and help to create a more connected and sustainable media ecosystem globally.

A commitment to anti-racism, economic equity and climate justice is embedded in and informs all we do.

We work with independent storytellers, impact producers and journalists in 37 countries, whilst helping to build the capacity of a network of peer cultural organisations, connecting Europe to India to East Africa, South East Asia and Latin America.

Our programme activity is centered around initiatives which improve the documentary and media ecosystem globally, such as Good Pitch, Climate Story Lab, Impact Field Guide, Safe+Secure, Doc Impact Hi5.

More About AIDC

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is a non-profit committed to the sustainability of documentary, factual and unscripted storytelling in all screen and digital forms. Serving both the commercial and creative needs of the industry, AIDC organises a marketplace for documentary and factual product, showcases the work of Australian and international producers, and creates a forum to discuss content, craft, technology and future directions. Its goal is to connect creators, purveyors and viewers of nonfiction screen content in ways that promote business, inspire creativity and ignite social change.