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Flying Solo has received no funding to date. We are currently seeking philanthropic support to help fund the film’s distribution and our education and outreach campaign. The film is currently registered with the Documentary Australia Foundation (which has TCC and DGR status), so all donations to the production are tax deductible.
HOW TO DONATE
Follow this link to view our film’s Documentary Australia Foundation page. On the right hand side of the page you will see a blue tab labeled ‘Donate to a Film’. Click this tab then sign up for access, creating a unique username and password. Then complete the details of how much you would like to give and choose the film title (‘Flying Solo‘) from the drop-down list, completing all other boxes/questions. Then click send.
Please await an email response from DAF, containing payment options and banking details. Follow the attached instructions to make your donation. Once the donation has been received DAF will post a receipt to you for tax purposes. Thank you for your support!
PHILANTHROPISTS – WHY SUPPORT US?
Documentary filmmakers and philanthropists share common goals
Philanthropists and documentary filmmakers are both interested in cultural and social issues, share the same areas of focus such as; education, the arts, health and welfare, environment, indigenous issues, social justice etc and through their work, aim to make a difference to our community
Foundations provide essential support to areas of the community that receive little or no support from government. Many documentary filmmakers work in these areas, giving public attention to the overlooked and neglected.
Foundations ask: ‘What kind of society do we want to live in?’ Their grantmaking strategies aim to find concrete and creative answers to this question. Documentary filmmakers ask the same questions as foundations. Their films tell stories from real life, promoting awareness, empathy and understanding, and inspire positive responses.
The difference with documentaries
Documentaries empower people within the community. Many groups within our community often do not have the opportunity to tell their own stories. As well as empowering the storytellers, documentaries allow other members of the community to recognise diversity and understand difference. The intimacy of a personal story is a powerful means to combat ignorance, create empathy and build understanding.
Documentaries help build local, national and global communities of interest amongst people managing social, cultural and political difficulties or just trying to make sense of a rapidly changing world.
Documentaries have unique power
Documentaries raise public awareness, educate, effect change, entertain and aim to emotionally connect with audiences
Foundations work to transform various problems in our communities. The biggest barriers for change are people’s attitudes. Documentary films tell the stories of real people and common situations, not stereotypes. They educate by stimulating responses. These responses can be deep and long-lasting and may even initiate social change.
Documentaries impact audiences in an emotional and personal way that the written word, reports and statistics cannot
Why do documentaries need philanthropic funding?
The documentary industry in Australia is heavily subsidised and under funded. Evidence suggests that less than 10 documentary films in Australia have made a profit. Given the rates broadcasters pay for documentaries, the business model is not sympathetic towards documentaries making a profit. As with existing arts based activities, extra assistance is required. A theatre or opera company sell tickets, an art gallery charges entry fees, yet both rely heavily on support from philanthropic grants in order to survive.
In the area of documentary, government funding is extremely low and relatively few films are funded, particularly documentaries that have an avowed social aim over a commercial one. Funding bodies and broadcasters are commercially and ratings driven rather than driven by a desire to inspire change or make a social impact. Even if a network buys a completed film for broadcast the price they offer is less than 5% of the total production budget of the film.
The benefits of helping to fund documentaries
Giving to documentaries increases the leverage of the philanthropic dollar by extending outreach and can significantly enhance the effectiveness of gift-giving programs.
Over 1,000 foundations in the US use the power of documentary to inspire social justice; donating every year to documentaries as part of a wider strategy for social change. Foundations in Australia will discover that using documentary as a tool to broaden and sustain awareness of an issue adds value and leverage to their philanthropic initiatives.
Documentaries generate powerful audience responses furthering the objectives of foundations. As well as educating people and changing attitudes, a powerful documentary can lead to increased funding for research, specific programs and charitable organisations. Documentaries encourage people to lobby the government or business to reform laws, industry practices and communicate alternative solutions.
Is it expensive to help fund a documentary?
Donating to an Australian documentary need not be overwhelming or prohibitively expensive.
Like existing grants in the philanthropic world, a project may be funded by a number of foundations over a period of time. Cost should not be a barrier as a foundation, individual or corporate donor does not have to fund the entire documentary project alone.
A grant to a documentary should be treated like any other grant in the gift giving portfolio of a foundation or an individual. There are many levels and ways a grant to a documentary can be made. Just like a traditional grant to a charity, the donation can be made for all or part of the project. The donor can be the solo donor, or equally be a part of a partnership of several donors (including a mix of private and government funders).
Some of the larger foundations experienced in funding films will often give significant amounts and potentially fund the entire documentary’s budget. Other foundations might give smaller grants, funding particular aspects of the production.
Staged support can be given, for example, across the life of a project, through research, production and post-production.
Grants can be made in stages targeted to a specific phase of production or made for the outreach and educational campaign of a finished film.
How does funding work?
At the moment it is not possible for grant-makers to give directly to the filmmaker if they wish to receive tax deductibility for their grant. An organisation with charitable status needs to be the initial recipient of the grant, which is then passed onto the filmmaker. Documentary Australia Foundation has been set up to assist grantmakers to easily give grants to documentaries.
The Documentary Australia Foundation is a philanthropic initiative supporting documentary filmmaking in Australia. It enables all grantmakers (foundations, individuals and corporations) to make tax-deductible donations to documentaries on the Foundation’s Approved List.
A donor can give to a charitable or other not-for-profit organisation endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient under the Tax Act. The DGR can then support a documentary about the donor’s interest area.
This is a straightforward relationship as many charities already work closely with foundations and individual donors, and have the necessary DGR status for the donor to receive a tax deduction.
The charity or non-profit has DGR status in order for the donor to receive a tax deduction.
Foundations are already working closely with the charity sector, so they speak the same language and understand each other’s goals.
The charitable organisation can add credibility to the documentary proposal by partnering in their relationship to the community.
The charity can have an ongoing involvement in the outreach of the documentary ensuring its broad reach and impact.
What’s the outcome of giving a grant?
Measuring the success and effectiveness of any grant can be difficult. In the philanthropic space the greatest rewards are often intangible (i.e. putting a smile on a child’s face). A foundation will typically have its own set of criteria, as will the professional filmmaker, who has had success with raising private funds. The key element is to see that the filmmakers clearly outline their objectives, strategy and desired outcomes in their application.
Grantmakers obviously cannot ask for their grant to be returned or interest earned from it. It is not an investment, it is a non-refundable grant. At the very least, a grantmaker should expect an annual written report on the project, a copy of the film (DVD or video), invitations to screenings and events, acknowledgement of the grant in the credits and in all promotional material, a thank you letter from the producer and director, a signed contract of understanding with the filmmaker and the grantmaking body which outlines all expectations (and these obligations on the filmmaker should always be met).