In Discussion with Impact Producers

An Evening Panel Discussion with Impact Producers: Malinda Wink, Jackie Garrow, Katherine Dodds, Erin Sorenson & Sue Biely.

Documentaries can enrich the lives of individuals, transform communities and improve societies.  Impact Producing understands the power of documentary not only as a work of art but as a tool to spark change. An impact campaign can be a bridge for documentary filmmakers to connect with foundations, NGOs, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues.  This work has been vital to changemakers for decades, but is now emerging as a field with best practices, case studies and training.

Come and hear about the experiences of various Impact Producers and learn about new resources in this emerging field.  We’ll talk case studies, challenges, surprises, best practices and opportunities. This is a rare occasion to have these brains in the same room, so make sure to take this opportunity to mind meld with them!


Sunday, October 30 7pm– 8:30pm


Vancouver Film School Web Café | 390 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (map)


DOC Members/CMPA Members/Good Pitch Participants/STORYHIVE Alumni: FREE (proof of membership required)

Low income/Student: $10

Non-Members: $20




Panelist: Malinda Wink, AUS -Good Pitch Australia & Shark Island Institute – Impact Producer

Malinda is the current 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.

Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. She has been the recipient of a number of scholarships 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 is an Executive Producer of THE FINAL QUARTER (Dir. Ian Darling), 2040 (Dir. Damon Gameau) and LIFE AFTER THE OASIS (Dir. Sascha Ettinger Epstein). She has advised on business and strategic planning for a number of production and distribution companies including Madman, Hopscotch, Transmission, and Revolver. She is also the Executive Producer of the following projects in development — DEMOCRACY FOR SALE (Dir. Craig Reucassel) and BETWEEN US (Dir. Hollie Fifer and Ez Eldin Deng).

Malinda has served as a mentor for pitch and impact workshops including Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, served on the jury of FIFO, Antenna and Environment Film Festivals, and a number of advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum and AIDC. In 2016 Malinda was recognized 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. In 2018, Malinda delivered a TEDx talk on how impact documentary story-telling can deliver better policy and strengthen democracy.

Panelist: Jackie Garrow – TO, CAD – Ring Five – Impact Producer

Jackie Garrow brings over a decade of leadership experience working with arts non-profits with a specific interest in the intersection of documentary film and social change. She was Managing Director at the Documentary Organization of Canada in Toronto (DOC Insitute) from 2009 to 2014 and before that the fundraising lead for Skyworks Charitable Foundation. Since founding Ring Five in 2015 Jackie has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s finest documentary filmmakers on a range of important issues. She has developed and led impact initiatives for Lowdown Tracks, The Invisible Heart, The Shadow of Gold, 14 & Muslim, The Caregivers’ Club and is currently working on Hot Docs Audience Choice award winning film PREY.   Jackie has been invited to speak about impact producing at festivals and industry events and participated in Canada’s inaugural Good Pitch Lab.


Panelist: Katherine Dodds – BC, CAD – Hello Cool World – Impact Producer

Founder of Hello Cool World, and known for her ongoing work on The Corporation film, educated in advertising at Adbusters magazine, master-mind of all aspects of The Corporation’s outreach both grassroots and mainstream in four countries from branding to digital media, Kat has been an activist always, and an impact producer before the term was in vogue. An expert in social branding and engaging audiences as well as brokering partnerships with non-profits, is known for highly effective and heartfelt transmedia campaigns in film, video, print and digital. In 2007 she received a “Woman of Vision” award from Women in Film for her work in interactive media. In 2016 she was featured for her work as an impact producer in Tracey Friesen’s book “Story, Money, Impact.” She is directing “Halo Tales” the digital media component of The New Corporation. She also did ENGO and grassroots outreach for the launch of Sharkwater: Extinction.


Panelist: Erin Sorenson – US – Third Stage Consulting – Impact Producer

Erin Sorenson brings 23 years of experience in applying strategic planning and critical thinking to advance mission centered organizations and activism to create long lasting social change.

Prior to launching Third Stage Consulting in 2011, Erin was the Chief Programs Officer for the BeCause Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the power of documentary filmmaking and its fusion with creative outreach and engagement projects. While there, she worked with filmmakers to develop relationships with nonprofit organizations. Using storytelling to enhance their missions she worked with filmmakers and change-makers to develop outreach strategy and long-term legacy project development.

Erin is also a frequent trainer and consultant for Doc Society, conducting trainings on impact production and consultation on new film campaigns. Erin wrote the 2016 Doc Society Impact Awards Reports analyzing the top 5 impact campaigns in 2015-2016. Additionally, Erin provides single consultations with filmmakers in areas related to impact, distribution, consultant selection, etc.

Erin graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where she later taught and worked on research related to decision making for four years. Prior to working with documentary film projects, Erin founded three nonprofits dedicated to the abused children and families. She was a subject in the documentary “Alone No Love,” In 1995 she was awarded “Chicagoan of the Year” for her work with Chicago’s Mayor Daley in developing the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, one of the nations largest programs for abused children.

When not working on or watching documentaries, Erin is likely to be singing out of tune and playing guitar, baking or working on a new mosaic.


Moderator: Sue Biely – BC, CAD – Story Money Impact – Impact Producer


Sue Biely is a trailblazer in Canadian independent media, designing and facilitating innovative initiatives to enable the sector to adapt to and utilize ever changing forces. With a history in content, policy, business models, conference design, workshop delivery, partnerships and campaigns — Sue continually works to bring a diversity of voices and mediums to story telling for the common good.

Sue has had the fortune to collaborate with many partners and clients which include: Telefilm Canada, REEL Canada, Canadian Media Producers Association, Creative BC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Film Board of Canada, City of Vancouver, BC Alliance for Arts & Culture, Canada Council, and many provincial agencies in the media-sphere.




This event is

Co-presented by Story Money Impact and DOC BC
Sponsored by Telus Storyhive and CMPA BC
Community Partner VFS

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