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.
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, BLUE, THE HUNTING GROUND and FRACKMAN.
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 Festival International du Film documentaire Oceanien (FIFO), Antenna and Environment Film Festivals, and a number of advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum and AIDC. In 2018 Malinda delivered a TEDx talk on how social impact documentary can be a tool to strengthen democracy.
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.