Open Channel announces Emerging Indigenous Producer Training Scholarship

Open Channel announces

Screen resource organisation Open Channel, based at Docklands Studios Melbourne, is offering one emerging Indigenous screen Producer a training scholarship place in its upcoming Screen Producing short course from March 2015, led by seasoned industry Producer Stephen Luby (The Secret River (2015), Full Frontal, Bed of Roses).

This unique hands-on short course introduces participants to the practicalities and the craft of producing film and television in Australia. Each week’s learning will be wrapped around a theme, and participants are encouraged to workshop their own projects. Upon completion, participants will have a clear, practical initiation into all aspects of this mysterious and challenging profession.

The selected filmmaker will also be invited to become a part of the Melbourne-based Melbourne Community Filmmaker Collective for new Aboriginal filmmakers, to join in the development and production of local Indigenous screen works. The collective, based at Footscray Community Arts includes established filmmakers such as Robbie Bundle and Peter Worland (NITV’s Our Stories Our Way Every Day), Rebecca McLean (Yarnin’) and John Harvey (The Turning). 

Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie comments, “Open Channel is proud to support the development of the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers here in Victoria, and the development of an industry begins with an investment in the Producers of tomorrow.”

To apply:

Interested emerging Producers should apply by email cover letter about why you would like the scholarship place, and your CV to by 12pm lunch time, Friday 27th March 2015.

Applicants must be available to attend the Screen Producing short course which runs Tuesday evenings 31st March 2015 – 19th April 2015 at 6.30pm – 8.30pm (8 sessions) at Docklands Studios, 476 Docklands Drive, Docklands.

For more information on the course, click here

Open Channel is supported by Film Victoria and Screen Australia

Open Channel Screens New Documentaries by Indigenous Filmmakers

Open Channel screens new documentaries

New Indigenous film-makers, trained with the support of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, gather to celebrate the completion of six new documentary films to screen nationally on National Indigenous Television (NITV).


The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust partnered with Open Channel and National Indigenous Television in a unique training production program that ran from July to October 2013, developing a new core group of Indigenous film-makers from language groups across Victoria. The grant supported the program to bring renowned film-makers to Melbourne, including Allan Collins ACS (Cinematographer on the award winning Beneath Clouds, by Ivan Sen) to share knowledge, skills and wisdom with the burgeoning film-makers. The program brought to life a diversity of stories and explored themes including Aboriginal justice, reconnecting with songlines, and language revival. The films provide an important cultural voice to Victorian Aboriginal communities and help to facilitate broad cultural understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Participating students achieved a nationally-recognised Certificate III in Media qualification, and a number are beginning to work on their next screen projects after completing the program. Open Channel’s Training Manager, Daniel Schultheis said “This is really a very significant initiative. Many Aboriginal stories we see in Australia have come from other states such as the Northern Territory and Queensland, where there is a bigger pool of filmmakers. A lot of Victorian stories have not been told yet.”

Open Channel Executive Director Marc Gracie commented, “Open Channel is proud to be a part of this important project which ensures that expanding opportunities in film and television to create Aboriginal screen stories are underpinned by strong production skills, talent development, and professional networks.”

Participant Kerri-Lee Harding, director of A Rare Gem: Coloured Stone said, “I am really so very proud of my fellow students support in production, plus the results of their amazing films.  Still pinching myself we managed to film Bunna with ben from Regurgitator, in full swing recording the 10th coloured stone album. None of this would have happened without Open Channel’s strong unwavering support and encouragement and positivity has kept me strong and incredibly focused. I think together we made a deadly variety of excellent Victorian short docos and be fab to soon see them all screen on NITV and gonna be deadly to see more of representation of our Melbourne / Victorian community members.”

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