Call For Talented Filmmakers For ‘Opening Shot’

By December 18, 2014 Entries
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Following the success of the first three series of Opening Shot, Screen Australia and ABC2 are pleased to announce that the fourth series of this groundbreaking documentary initiative for emerging filmmakers is open for submissions.

“In its first three series, Opening Shot told remarkable stories and launched promising careers. These films are regularly amongst the most watched, most talked about and most shared stories on ABC2, so I’m thrilled that we’re about to start the process all over again with Opening Shot 4,” said ABC TV Head of Factual, Phil Craig.

Screen Australia’s Senior Manager of Documentary Liz Stevens said: “It’s such a pleasure to be working with the ABC on another series of Opening Shot. The first three seasons introduced Australian audiences to a collection of bold documentaries by passionate filmmakers. It’s great to give emerging filmmakers the opportunity to establish a working relationship with the ABC and Screen Australia as they take their opening shot.”

Opening Shot 4 is a $400,000 initiative that aims to support talented documentary filmmakers, aged 35 and under, by providing them with the opportunity to reach a wide audience with their stories on ABC2.

Past Opening Shot titles include: Growing Up Gayby, The Vagina Diaries, Queen of the Desert, Suicide and Me, Meatwork, Gaycrashers, Skimpy and Defendant 5.

ABC2 will commission up to six films that will form an insightful and entertaining series. Applicants can apply for up to $80,000 for each half-hour documentary.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 16 February 2015.

For guidelines and an application form visit: or