Program Update:

Plesae note: we have added two more sessions to this event:

Following on from Malinda’s presentation,  we have invited Screenworks member Brendan Shoebridge, director of The Bentley Effect to share his experience of funding a successful social impact documentary and how he is still working to spread the film’s message across Australia and the World.  This session will close with a Q&A.

And to round off the afternoon, Screenworks Programs and Operations Manager Lisa O’Meara will present ‘Get Ready To Pitch’. A workshop on how to prepare yourself and the key elements that you need to pitch your documentary film, television or online project in order to attract interest from broadcasters, producers, investors and funding bodies.  Lisa will also talk about the opportunities that Screenworks provides for documentary filmmakers.  This session will close with a Q&A.

Malinda Wink is the Executive Director of Shark Island Institute and Good Pitch Australia. She cares about the planet, social justice is at the heart of what she does and documentaries are her thing.

Malinda will draw on the Good Pitch experience to explore avenues both traditional and non-traditional, for getting documentaries off the ground, and case studies and insights into working with diverse stakeholders to build, fund and execute social impact campaigns with documentary film.

Malinda will also preview the soon-to-be-announced Shark Island Development Labs.

For three years from 2014 – 2016 together with Documentary Australia Foundation, Shark Island Institute brought Good Pitch Australia to the Sydney Opera House in partnership with BRITDOC and the Sundance Documentary Film Program. Over $14 million was raised in philanthropic grants to fund the selected 19 social impact documentaries and their impact campaigns.


Event Program:

  • 12:45:        Doors open & registrations
  • 1:00pm:    Welcome and introductions
  • 1:10pm:    ‘All About Good Pitch’ with Malinda Wink , followed by Q&A
  • 2:30pm:   ‘The Bentley Experience’ with Brendan Shoebridge, facilitated by Lisa O’Meara
  • 3:00pm:   Break (15mins)
  • 3:15pm:    ‘Get Ready to Pitch’ with Lisa O’Meara
  • 4:30pm:   Event close
  • 5:00pm:   Networking Drinks at Butcher Baker, 13 Byron Street, Bangalow

Event Details:

  • Fri 16th February 2018 (from 1pm)
  • St. Kevins Church Hall, Deacon Street, Bangalow
  • Tickets: $20 Screenworks Members (+ booking fees) //
    $30 General Admission (+ booking fees)

This event will be followed by networking drinks for event attendees at Butcher Baker, 13 Byron St, Bangalow from 5.00pm – 7.00pm. Screenworks will provide finger food, attendees to buy their own drinks at the bar.


Malinda Wink’s biography:

Malinda Wink is Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia and Shark Island Institute.

Since 2014, Good Pitch Australia has raised more than $14 million in philanthropic grants for the funding of 19 social impact documentaries and their impact campaigns, forging over 300 new collaborative cross-sectoral partnerships connecting the NGO and business sectors, education and policy leaders and the media in support of the impact campaigns aligned with each of their documentaries.

Good Pitch Australia supports a slate of 19 social justice documentaries at different stages of production. Good Pitch Australia films include some of the most high-profile documentaries in recent history in Australia such as THAT SUGAR FILM, GAYBY BABY, CALL ME DAD, THE OPPOSITION, PRISON SONGS, THE HUNTING GROUND and FRACKMAN.

Shark Island Institute creates and supports social justice documentaries. Our key philanthropic initiatives include Good Pitch Australia, SII Labs and The Homeless in Australia Project.

Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. Malinda has been the recipient of a number of scholarships including the Jeanne Sauvé Fellowship at McGill University (2006-2007), and most recently, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Commission (2010-2012) where she completed a double Masters in Public Policy & International Development (Democracy and Governance) with distinction.

Malinda has advised on business and strategic planning for a number of production and distribution companies including Madman, Hopscotch, Transmission, and Revlover. She has served as a mentor for pitch and impact workshops including Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, GP South East Asia, GP Miami, GP Colombia, Dokumenter Yogyakarta, an impact consultant at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA), on the jury of Antenna and Environment Film Festivals, and a number of advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum and AIDC. In 2016 Malinda was recognised as one of the Australian Financial Review / Westpac 100 Women of Influence.

Malinda is Deputy Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, a Board Member for Centre for Australian Progress and The Reichstein Foundation.

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