Open­ing shot in bat­tle to bring young film­mak­ers to prime-time au­di­ence

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TV and Screen Aus­tralia have an­nounced the launch of Open­ing Shot 3, a $400,000 ini­tia­tive de­signed for doc­u­men­tary mak­ers aged 35 and un­der to cre­ate five pro­grams to air in prime time on ABC2 next year. It has also se­lected win­ning Open­ing Shot 2 films that will air on ABC2 later in the year. They are: Keep Me Safe Tonight about youth sui­cide; Grow­ing Up Gayby, a dis­cus­sion about whether same sex cou­ples should be able to wed and have chil­dren; The Vag­ina Di­aries about the grow­ing in­ci­dence of labi­aplasty in Aus­tralia; The Fi­nal Word which won­ders whether we’d change our lives if we knew our time was al­most up and Our Lit­tle Se­cret about child sex­ual abuse. ‘‘The Open­ing Shot ini­tia­tive is sim­ply a great and all-too-rare op­por­tu­nity for to­day’s young film­mak­ers. For our sec­ond sea­son we were im­pressed by the tough sub­jects. They demon­strate a crav­ing to un­der­stand our at­ti­tudes about a range of big-ticket is­sues: par­ent­ing, self-im­age, sex­ual abuse and death. I’m con­fi­dent th­ese new voices will de­liver a sea­son of films that are ad­ven­tur­ous and sur­pris­ing,’’ says ABC2 con­troller, Stu­art Men­zies. ABC head of fac­tual Phil Craig adds: ‘‘We’re thrilled we have the chance to ex­tend this op­por­tu­nity again to find more young film­mak­ers keen to bring their sto­ries to the na­tional au­di­ence.’’ The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is April 12.

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