Opening shot in battle to bring young filmmakers to prime-time audience
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.
To participate in go to screenaustralia.gov.au/openingshot or openingshot.abc.net.au/about