Melbourne, Wednesday 15 April, 2015

Our first Melbourne event for 2015 featured three outstanding documentary filmmakers whose films were finalists at Good Pitch² Australia in 2014.

Congratulations to Dayne Pratzky (Frackman), Sophie Wiesner (Call Me Dad) and Maya Newell (Gayby Baby) who collectively raised $61,400 to support their outreach campaigns to empower people to act on these important social issues. This event was hosted by Telstra and presented in collaboration with Good Pitch² Australia. Good Pitch² Australia is an initiative hosted by Shark island Institute and Documentary Australia Foundation. Match funding was provided up to $10,000 per project by Creative Partnerships Australia.

See photos from the event and watch the pitches.

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Creative Partnerships Australia works to increase investment in Australia’s arts sector; bringing donors, businesses, artists and arts organisations together to foster a more sustainable and vibrant arts sector for the benefit of all Australians. Creative Partnerships Australia is supported by the Australian Government through the Cultural Development Program of the Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department.

  1. Project #1: Frackman

    This is a film about a bunch of ordinary people caught up in a modern day multinational “gold rush” to secure and exploit coal seam gas. Fracking is an issue that is presenting difficult questions for all of Australia’s political parties, but at its heart is a very human drama. What we find is that smouldering resentment has turned conservative country people to civil disobedience.

    Watch Dayne's 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $20,800

    Frackman Documentary

    800x400 Read Frackman's Nomination Form

  2. Project #2: Call Me Dad

    A story about men who have perpetrated or are at risk of perpetrating family violence. At stake is the safety of children and partners, the stability of families, and the power we as a society have to intervene. These men have problems expressing anger, and other strong emotions, without resorting to abuse, verbal or physical. We follow these men as they attempt to change and heal their most precious relationships.

    Watch Sophie's 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $20,450

    Call Me Dad Documentary

    800x400 Read Call Me Dad's Nomination Form

  3. Project #3: Gayby Baby

    As the marriage equality debate rages around the world, it’s become clear that there is a voice missing from the discussion: the voice of the kids. Australia is in the midst of a Gayby-boom. Twenty-four percent of gay and lesbian couples are now raising a child and their queer spawn are invisibly roaming Australian streets and schools.

    Watch Maya's 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $20,150

    Gayby Baby Documentary

    800x400 Read Gayby Baby's Nomination Form