Mitzi is a founder and CEO of the Documentary Australia Foundation, having been instrumental in its realisation since its inception in 2006. With 30 years’ experience as a documentary director, producer and editor, through her production company, Looking Glass Pictures, she has created many award winning international documentaries. Her most recent films include Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation (2015) and Night Parrot Stories (2016), which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. Previous credits include A Common Purpose (2011), winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival and was nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary at 2012 AACTA Awards; End of the Rainbow(2007), which screened at over 20 international festivals and was the winner of eight international awards including IDFA 2008. Other previous credits include Hatred, Ports of Destiny, Chinese Take Away, Bloodlines, National Geographic’s Memoirs of a Plague, which screened in competition at IDFA in 2010, and Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography.
From 2002 to 2008, Mitzi was Co-Head of Documentary at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has also been Co-Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference and co-founded Ozdox, a monthly forum on documentary culture. Mitzi holds a BA from University of Sydney and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Political Philosophy.
The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.