Documentary Australia Foundation
The Documentary Australia Foundation is a private philanthropic initiative that aims to inspire and nurture partnerships between philanthropic grantmakers, charities and documentary filmmakers.
The DAF provides all the information, guides and resources to help them work together to achieve their mutual goals.
Deanne Weir is a member of the DAF Leadership Council.
"The WeirAnderson Foundation believes in the power of documentary to transform people's understanding of the world. Our foundation is delighted to support the work of DAF, which is making a real difference to Australian documentary makers," Deanne Weir said.
ABOUT GOOD PITCH² AUSTRALIA
Good Pitch² Australia started in 2014, continuing in 2015.
Under the umbrella of tackling leading social issues, Good Pitch brings together filmmakers with NGOs, foundations, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, potential corporate and brand partners, broadcasters and media.
The aim is to forge powerful alliances around ground-breaking films that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.
In the first two years of Good Pitch² Australia, more than $5.6 million in philanthropic funding was committed and more than 60 powerful new strategic partnerships made - to fund production, build audiences and ensure the lasting impact of the 13 outstanding documentary films presented.
I AM A GIRL
One group of people in the world is more persecuted than any other. But they they are not political or religious activists. They are girls.
I Am A Girl is a feature length documentary revealing what it means to grow up female in the 21st century.
Directed by Rebecca Barry, it features six girls on the brink of womanhood. As they come of age in the way their culture dictates, there are remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour.
The film was funded almost entirely through philanthropic grants via the Documentary Australia Foundation, including support from the WeirAnderson Foundation. I Am A Girl has played in film festivals from Canada to Turkey and Papua New Guinea to Norway. It has rolled out in the United States through a “Theatrical On Demand” model, where individuals can organise and promote their own screenings.
On the awards front, I Am A Girl was named Best Documentary Feature in the 2014 Screen Producers Australia Awards, with nominations for Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and Best Direction in the 2014 AACTA Awards and a nomination for Best Feature Documentary in the 2014 Australian Directors Guild Awards. Information on the film’s impact can be found here.