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Deadline extended for Opening shot

Due to overwhelming interest, ABC TV and Screen Australia have revised the entry criteria and deadline for Opening Shot. Opening Shot gives emerging filmmakers a chance to produce and screen a documentary film.

Earlier this year, Screen Australia and ABC TV Documentaries launched a $400,000 initiative that aims to give emerging filmmakers a chance to create their own film and screen it during prime time.

Opening Shot, a series set to appear on ABC2, is seeking proposals from documentary makers nationwide to produce half-hour films. The series will offer an insightful and entertaining look at contemporary Australian life.

Due to a high number of enquiries, the organisers have decided to widen the criteria for entry and extend the application deadline.

Applicants are now eligible if they ‘have a least one screen credit in a significant creative role’ in a film that has been shown as part of a recognised film festival. Films made at film school qualify.

Teams of director and producer are required. A writer is an optional part of the team. The director must be 35 years or under as at the closing date for applications.

In selecting applicants, there will be emphasis on the team’s ability ‘to deliver the project commercially and creatively’.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday 22 July 2011, at 5pm

Eligibility requirements and application forms can be found on Screen Australia’s website, here. Further information can be found on the ABC Independent Production website.

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