Screen Australia and ABC TV Documentaries today announced the launch of OPENING SHOT, a $400,000 initiative that aims to encourage emerging documentary makers and create a prime time series for ABC2.
ABC TV is looking to commission up to six one-off films to form an insightful and entertaining series that will look at contemporary Australian life and appeal to a broad audience.
ABC TV Head of Documentaries Alan Erson says, “ABC TV has a strong track record in spotting and nurturing talent and I look forward to working with the next group of emerging documentary makers on this series. ABC2 offers a great opportunity to curate a cohesive body of work while also allowing documentary makers set the creative agenda.”
Screen Australia’s Documentary Manager Liz Stevens says, “Screen Australia has a strong focus on bringing through the next generation of creative storytellers. We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with the ABC in giving opportunities to young Australian talent to tell contemporary stories in their own voices.”
Applicants can apply for up to $80,000 for each half-hour documentary. ‘Emerging’ is defined as the director being 35 or under at 1st July 2011.
Guidelines and application forms can be found online from today at www.abc.net.au/independent and www.screenaustralia.gov.au/funding/documentary/openingshot.aspx.
Applications close at 5pm on Friday 1st July 2011.