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As promised – Generation Next 2016 was our biggest and best conference yet.

With over 60 speakers, 270 attendees, the addition of roundtables with representatives from Victoria’s leading production companies and screen agencies (enormously popular), an industry expo including industry stalls, live demos (including stunts, gunshots, drones, cameras, lighting and much more excitement!), walk through tours of the NEP Broadcast Truck throughout the day and guild representatives available for one-on-one chats – it was a jam packed, engaging, informative and inspiring two day program.

Here’s a gallery of photos from the event:

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Thank you to all who participated, attended, contributed and responded to this years conference – we hope to see you again at Generation Next 2017!

 

 

GENERATION NEXT UPDATE

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Our fantastic lineup of confirmed speakers for Generation Next 2016 includes:
Jocelyn Moorhouse, Britt Arthur, Chris Kamen, Emily Harridge, Geoff Paine, Giselle Rosman, Grant Scicluna, Jacob Hickey, Jarrod Theodore, Kylie Eddy, Laurie Fish, Lee Matthews, Lester Francois, Michael Beets, Michael Shanks, Mike Cowap, Nicole Ma, Oscar Raby, Peter Stockley, Robyn Butler, Ross Hutchens, Sabi Paisa, Simon Rosenthal, Sue Maslin, Susie Jones, Vincent Lamberti, Wayne Hope and more to come!

SESSIONS

Full conference program available online here: http://www.openchannel.org.au/events/generation-next-conferences/program/

Some of the great sessions at this year’s conference include:

SESSION 1: STORIES TO TELL
Hear from three different screen creators about how they approached the process of bringing their stories to screen and how and who they worked with to make that happen.

SESSION 5: GRIPS ARE CREATIVE TOO!
A look at jobs like grips, sound, continuity and the creative contribution they make to a production.

SESSION 9: THE REAL DEAL
Working in the world of factual, documentary and corporate screen creating.

SESSION 13: GETTING IT OUT THERE
The new opportunities for distribution. Online platforms as creators.

ROUNDTABLES

The 2016 conference program features a number of roundtables with representative from a range of Production Companies, Broadcasters, Screen Agencies and Industry Organisations. Full details on roundtable participants and how you can register to come this Friday!

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

There will be plenty of opportunities to network at this year’s conference, but you can start networking before the conference even starts – submit your conference attendee profile here to allow you to let other delegates know who you are and what ideas and interests you have before the conference begins!

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NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: DISCOUNT EQUIPMENT HIRES FROM VA DIGITAL HIRE

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Open Channel members can now receive a 40% discount on equipment hires from VA Digital Hire!

VA has a large range of camera, grip, lighting and sound equipment available.

Contact VA directly to book – you’ll need your membership card as proof of membership.

Please note that hires are subject to availability and some items may be exempt from this offer.

About VA Digital Hire: VA Digital Hire is a professionally focused, customer-minded company providing specialist broadcast services for a wide range of clients and budgets. VA provides a huge range of resources, from equipment hire, equipment servicing and professional crewing to complete television production assistance.

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GENERATION NEXT PROGRAM UPDATE

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Dates: Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th August 2016

The 2016 Generation Next: Screen Creators’ Conference is fast approaching!

PROGRAM

The two-day program is now available online, check out the exciting lineup of sessions here

SPEAKERS

Here’s a list of some of the exceptional speakers we have lined up so far:

Jocelyn Moorhouse (Director, The Dressmaker)
Lee Matthews (Producer, Emo (The Musical))
Grant Scicluna (Writer / Director, Downriver)
Nicole Ma (Director, Putuparri & The Rainmakers)
Ross Hutchens (Film Victoria)
Laurie Fish (Gaffer)
Sabi Paisa (Script Supervisor)
Britt Arthur (CEO, AIDC)
Jarrod Theodore (Producer)
Simon Rosenthal (Illoura, Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” Scene VFX)
Michael Shanks (TimTimFed, The Wizards of Aus)
Clara Reeves (Hipster Whale)
Lester Francois (Producer, Gameloading: Rise of the Indies)
Kylie Eddy (Lean Filmmaking)
Emily Harridge (Visual Playground)
Chris Kamen (Producer, Small Is Beautiful)
Paul Tonta (Madman)
Sue Maslin (Producer, The Dressmaker)
Robyn Butler & Wayne Hope (Gristmill, Now Add Honey, Upper Middle Bogan)

ROUNDTABLES

Conference participants will be invited to register for a series of Roundtables, targeted to those with feature film, web based or television projects in development. Roundtable registration will open closer to the conference dates, and will feature representatives from Madman, Matchbox, Umbrella Entertainment, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, FilmArtMedia and more.

ATTENDEE PROFILES

Want to start networking before the conference even starts?

Submit your conference attendee profile online here to allow you to let other delegates know who you are and what ideas and interests you have before the conference begins.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.openchannel.org.au/events/generation-next-conferences/

OPEN CHANNEL 2015 RAW NERVE FILMS TO SCREEN AT MIFF 2016!

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We are delighted to announce that two of the Open Channel films produced through the 2015 Raw Nerve Production Initiative will be screened at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival!

OLYMPIC NICK: A DONUTUMENTARY

Directors: Ian Tran & Rachel Morssink | Producers: Tessa Mansfield-Hung & Ian Tran

MIFF Screening:
Olympic Nick will screen as a pre-feature before BARISTA.
Main Screening: Thursday 11 August 2016 at 6:30pm
Repeat Screening: Sunday 14 August 2016 at 11:15am

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BIG CITY

Directors: Lachlan Ryan & Jordan Bond | Producer: Jarrod Theodore | Writer: Jordan Bond

MIFF Screening:
Big City will screen as part of the short film package ACCELERATOR 1.
Main Screening: Saturday 6 August 2016 at 4:00pm
Repeat Screening: Monday 8 August 2016 at 9:15pm

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Open Channel is proud to have supported the 2015 Raw Nerve filmmaking teams from script writing through to post-production. Congratulations to all involved in both of these fantastic short films.

Raw Nerve was a national short film production initiative supported by Screen Australia.

Full 2016 MIFF program now available at The MIFF website

VILLAGE CINEMAS AUSTRALIA TO LAUNCH SHORT FILM COMPETITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OPEN CHANNEL

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Village Cinemas Australia are proud to announce the launch of its inaugural film competition this coming July 2016, Unscene; a short film competition that gives burgeoning Australian filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their talent.

Partnering with Event Cinemas and Open Channel, Victoria’s not-for-profit screen resource and networking organisation for early career filmmakers, Village Cinemas will be calling out from July 1st for all emerging filmmakers and students to produce a short film inspired by this year’s theme; young people in the screen industry and the impact on their future by piracy.

Unscene will showcase a selection of shortlisted finalists, chosen by their peers and put before industry experts based upon online voting at unscenefilms.com.au, with the winner being announced at a Gala event in late November.

For the winner, there is a cash prize of $10,000 and filming equipment up for the taking as well as the opportunity for their film to screen in front of the eyes of a wide audience across Village Cinemas pre-show and foyer video walls.

Village Cinemas are seeking short films up to 5 minutes in length that are original, creative and compelling. Any aspiring filmmaker, amateur or student can apply as long as they are over the age of 18.

Village Cinemas General Manger Marketing & Sales, Mohit Bhargava said on behalf of Joint Venture partner Event Cinemas “Unscene will enable aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their talent, create a pathway and kick start their careers. The competition is a catalyst for discovering new Australian talent, while at the same time giving awareness to the consequences of film piracy on the industry”.

“Village Cinemas have a proud history of supporting our community, and we look forward to working with Open Channel to assist in the development of the Australian film industry”, Bhargava said.

Open Channel’s CEO Caroline Waters said “Open Channel is proud to be partnering with Village Cinemas on Unscene, which provides a unique and exciting opportunity for the next generation of screen creators to demonstrate their creativity and talent. Unscene is particularly significant given the demise of government funded short film initiatives.”

“Open Channel enables pathways to professional practice and Unscene will provide the winner with a significant stepping stone to achieve this.”

“The issue of piracy in the screen industry is one that requires everyone’s attention and Open Channel congratulates Village Cinemas on this excellent initiative”.

For more information, please visit: unscenefilms.com.au

All media enquiries:
Angela Nikoloska
Twenty3 Sport + Entertainment
Angela.nikoloska@twenty3group.com.au
0410 488 921

THE GREAT OPEN CHANNEL EQUIPMENT SALE!

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Open Channel made the difficult decision to cease hiring out equipment at the end of 2015. Since making that decision we’ve been sorting through our equipment deciding what we want to keep for our training and production purposes and what we want to let go.

We’re now ready to offer some of our equipment for sale to the public.

We have a selection of cameras and headphones for sale through eBay – this is all equipment purchased in the last few years and is in good working condition.

We also have a selection of older equipment – mostly lighting, some sound – that we are going to sell through a ‘garage sale’ at Open Channel. This equipment is all showing signs of wear-and-tear so we’re giving buyers the opportunity to inspect it in person before buying. This sale will be on Thursday June 30 from 10am to 2pm. You’ll need to email rsvp@openchannel.org.au to RSVP if you’d like to attend.

Here’s the link to the catalogue of equipment for sale: http://www.openchannel.org.au/hire/

GENERATION NEXT Program Update

YOUR FUTURE, WHAT NEXT?

Dates: Monday 29th – Tuesday 30th August 2016
Early Bird Tickets (Members Only): $140
Regular Tickets (Non-Members): $280

We are only two months out from the 2016 Generation Next: Screen Creators’ Conference, and the program is shaping up to be our most robust and diverse lineup yet!

We will release more program details over the coming weeks, but for now – here’s a selection of some of the sessions and opportunities you can look forward to at this years 2 day event:

Panel Sessions
– Scouting the Landscape A mind map of the industry
– Where Do I stand? An exploration of on-set hierarchy and set protocols
– Grips are Creative Too! A look at other crew roles like grips, sound, continuity etc
– Strategies for Developing Projects How do you get a project up in the 21st century?
– Who Else Could I Be? What if you don’t end up where you think you’re going to?
– Who Hears Our Stories? Who is your audience? How do you find them?
– The Real Deal Working in the world of factual and corporate content creating
– Game On Where movies and games collide
– It’s All in Your Head The brave new world of virtual reality
– What I Learned From My Mistakes Case Studies looking at what it’s like to be the new kid on the block

…and more to be announced.

You will also have the opportunity to meet with the screen Industry Guilds for one-on-one discussions, check out the Industry Stalls and practical demos including stunts, SFX, Grips & Gear and more.

Conference participants will be invited to register for a series of Roundtables, targeted to those with feature film, web based or television projects in development.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.openchannel.org.au/events/generation-next-conferences/

Open Channel STAFF UPDATE

We are delighted to welcome Caroline Waters as our newly appointed CEO. Caroline has served as Chair of the Open Channel Board of Directors for the past 2 years, and will now work with the Open Channel team on a strategic and operational level.

With Caroline’s recent appointment, existing board member Kris Matthews will now fill the role of Acting Chair of the Open Channel Board of Directors.

Additionally, since the departure of Executive Director Marc Gracie in 2015, Cristina Pozzan has held the role of Acting Executive Director. We are thrilled to confirm that Cristina will stay on in the newly created position of Executive Producer / Program Manager.

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FROM VICTORIA’S INDIGENOUS CREATIVE ARTS COMMUNITY

Film Victoria is sponsoring up to 5 attachments on a forthcoming indigenous series being produced by one of Australia’s pre-eminent screen production companies. Open Channel is proud to facilitate these opportunities which will offer a range of paid technical attachments on the production.

With the aim of developing a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen practitioners, Open Channel is calling for Expressions of Interest to be part of this exciting drama series.

We are keen to hear from you if you:

▪ are a Victorian based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioner currently working in any area of the creative arts; and
▪ have a demonstrated interest in working in the screen sector, be that television, film or online.

A range of positions will be advertised in the near future, for durations between 6 and 13 weeks between July and October 2016. The positions will be paid the national minimum wage level and may be flexible in their structure.

These attachments will only be open to Victorian based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners.

If you would like to be considered for this program please complete the Expression Of Interest form through the Open Channel website: http://www.openchannel.org.au/industry-attachments/indigenous-attachments-expressions-of-interest/

Expressions of Interest close on 4 July 2016.