Celebrating the documentary films that have made the
greatest impact on society



Congratulations to the five outstanding filmmaking teams!

They have each been awarded $15,000 to recognise their achievements and help continue their campaigns.


Congratulations! The winner of this year’s NetflixHi5 is Blackfish.

The team will receive an additional $5000 to put towards their work. With more than 3000 of you sending messages of support from around the world to our five outstanding Impact Award winners, we want to thank you for putting your hands up and showing the love!


The winner of this year’s Outstanding Partner Award is United Way. Congratulations!

The American Promise team nominated United Way for the vital work they have done around their outreach campaign.

United Way is a leadership and support organisation which is working in nearly 1,800 communities across 41 countries and territories to create community solutions that improve life for everyone.

“Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. That’s why United Way Worldwide was proud to team up with American Promise to mobilize families and educators to take part in conversations and take action to ensure that all young people are equipped with the same opportunities for excellence. We are honored to accept the Outstanding Partner Prize for the BRITDOC Impact Award for our efforts to leverage a film as compelling as American Promise to create real impact in communities. It is only by working together that we can accomplish things no individual, organization or government can accomplish on its own.”
Tracey Howard Holmes, Director, NFL & Strategic Partnerships, United Way

  • "Finally an award that acknowledges the unique role that documentary plays in society"

    Morgan Spurlock
  • "Be under no illusion: the tenacity, commitment and perseverance of the compassionate few can change the world"

    Susan Sarandon
  • "Nonfiction storytelling is a path to reinforcing freedom of expression and a more informed, aware and vigorous citizenship"

    Danny Glover
  • "I have always believed that truth is stranger and more powerful than fiction. Documentaries are a potent reflection of life. If we don't tell our own stories, no one else will"

    Mira Nair