docimpact believes in film as a driver for social change. There are thousands of great social impact documentaries, but only a handful reach their full potential to inspire change.

We enable that potential to flourish by bringing documentaries further: to the audiences whose lives are affected by the story’s narrative, and to the change-makers who can make a difference on the issue.

In partnership with the relevant experts – community leaders, decision-makers and NGOs, we organise community screenings and workshops. In the participatory workshops, the audience adapts the film’s content to their needs; this process forms the basis for individual social impact projects. The projects are organised and run by our local partners. docimpact supports, funds, monitors and evaluates the entire process.

It is our mission to connect the most important stories with the right audience to inspire measurable change. Our primary focus is on issues affecting girls and women.


Zecki Gerloff


Starting out at the BBC Current Affairs Department, Zecki has worked in documentary production, film acquisitions and distribution in London and Berlin. Convinced of the value of a great story as a universal tool for engagement, she set up docimpact in 2016.

Lauren Temminghoff

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

As a monitoring and evaluation expert, Lauren has worked on projects with state government, the education sector, local and international NGOs. The focus of her work has been promoting the rights of women with disability and women who have experienced family and sexual violence.

Maria Linsel

Project Management

Maria has worked as a researcher in documentary film and in the cultural program of the Goethe-Institute New Zealand. She knows about the power of film to catalyze social change. Her focus is on social impact research and the realization of national projects.


Mascha Blankschyn

Mascha is a qualified teacher with over six years experience in the education sector. As well as being fluent in German, English and Spanish, Mascha manages all of docimpact’s social media and communications.

Nele Obermüller

Nele has written on refugee issues, criminality, mental health, development and homelessness in English and German. In 2012, she received the Guardian International Development Journalism Award and currently she is writing for UNHCR on the Syrian refugee crisis. She supports docimpact in communications.

Dr. Stefan Pannen

Stefan is the founding CEO of Berlin Producers, Fernsehbüro and Heidefilm. An award-winning director of over 90 films and executive producer of over 400, he is a member of the German and European Film Academy.

Theresa Traubel

Educated in graphic design, photography and media science Theresa has been working as a project manager in the field of 3D-visuals. Theresa accompanies docimpact by taking photos and documenting their project work.

Adam Wakeling

Adam worked in film distribution for five years before swapping sides and becoming a film-maker. His film Up In Smoke and its campaign has been an inspiration for other directors in the social impact space.

Nadia Convery

For ten years, Nadia has produced factual content for independent television production companies in both Germany and the UK. In 2017 she switched sectors and works in communications for a Berlin-based NGO focused on sports for development.

Gregor Kupper

Gregor has worked in publishing and account management at Axel Springer and Gruner + Jahr. He currently manages teams and business units in digital communication in Berlin. At docimpact, he supervises all financial transactions and accounting related tasks, ensuring that we stay compliant towards all of our partners.

Ina Kramnik

An analyst and a number cruncher, Ina has been working within the areas of Finance and Business Management for over 7 years, supporting decision making processes, raising flags and providing insights to both large teams and individual players. Ina handles docimpact’s project finances.