Early Bird Registrations Open for Generation Next Micro Movie Conference

August 31 and September 1, 2015

Micro Budget. Big Impact.

Early Bird tickets available until May 31st!

A new generation of micro budget filmmakers have emerged. They are breaking all the rules, exceeding expectations and redefining Australia’s cinema landscape. Open Channel brings many of them together at the Generation Next Micro Movie Conference to tell how it’s done.

Over two days of panel discussions with Australia’s most exciting new film makers, content creators, and expert advisors, hear the stories of how these bold and risk-taking movies have been made, how they have found audiences, and how they are launching careers.

With increasingly limited prospects for financing or selling a movie through traditional means, especially without a name cast or proven director attached, the micro movie combines ideas and ambition, technology and resourcefulness to open the door to long form screen storytelling for debut filmmakers or truly independent movie ideas.

The micro movie is innovative by nature, and turns a tiny budget into a creative advantage. Increasingly these movies are made-to-order for targeted audiences, and often designed for a ‘digital-first’ release where creators engage audiences from the ground up. In the right hands, the results are often fresh and highly original.

The Generation Next Micro Movie Conference is the place to network, develop your knowledge and skills, and discuss the trends shaping Australia’s screen landscape.

This year’s conference includes a number of new additions including the Short and Sharp Microbudget Pitching Competition and networking lounges. Open Channel are also proud to support the Mini Micro Film Festival, a week long filmmaker led screening series supported by Tugg and Backlot Studios.

Do you have the next Paranormal ActivityKennyPrimerDrinking BuddiesTiny Furniture,Wyrmwood or Monsters?

If you want to know all about making micro movies, this is a conference you can’t afford to miss.

Open Channel members are invited to secure tickets now to this conference at Early Bird price of only $40 (Save $50!) before 31st May. Click Here to take advantage of this fantastic offer now.


Learn to Write, Edit and Produce at Open Channel in March 2015!

Courses coming up at Open Channel in March 2015:

Screenwriting Introduction Starts on 25th March

Wednesday evenings for 7 weeks

Suitable for beginners

$400 members / $480 non members

Editing Introduction (Premiere Pro) 28th March

One day course (Saturday)

Learn all of the basics of this popular software

$330 members / $400 non – members

Screen Producing – The Dark Art Starts on 31 March

Opportunity to workshop your own project

Learn to produce film and tv from one of the best in the industry

Tuesday evenings 6.30pm – 8.30pm




October 4, 2014 – October 5, 2014

Open Channel

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Do you want to add a powerful skill to your editing tool kit?

DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite is a free, powerful colour grading and media management tool, which has been an industry standard for feature film and television grading for many years.

You can use DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite to add a professional polish to your editing work. In a competitive freelance world, knowing how to use DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite can add great value to your client’s work, and make you stand out as a freelance editor!

This comprehensive workshop led by Peter Cave is an exercise-based course covering the foundations of colour grading using DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite, and exploring it’s powerful features.

After this course you will:

  • have a strong knowledge of how to use DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite for colour grading
  • be able to handle and grade projects from a variety of NLE software, as part of their editing workflow
  • know the basics of colour grading theory and understand advanced grading concepts
  • apply these skills to real world post production
  • enhance post production capabilities

A small number of participants ensures you one-on-one tutoring while you learn DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite.

Who should do this course? 
Editors who want their work to stand out! Editors who are preparing the final versions of their projects for distribution.

Where can I go after this course? 

Upon completion of this course, editors will find their new colour grading skills in demand with post production houses, television networks and advertising agencies who are preparing work for distribution

How can I enrol?

Please enrol directly through this page. Please note that to receive Open Channel member price, you must be logged into this site as an Open Channel member. To purchase or renew your membership, please go to our membership page.

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Colour Grading in DaVinci Resolve Lite


Greek Film Festival: Teacher Filmmaker Bootcamp

Greek Film Festival: Teacher Filmmaker Bootcamp

greek film festival audienceThe Greek Film Festival has for the past three years ran a Student Film Festival, in which students from Primary, Secondary and University can submit short films. The films are generally produced by students in groups, under the guidance of their teachers.

This year, to support teachers with the production of these films, the Greek Community of Melbourne (which operates the Greek Film Festival) offered filmmaking workshops to these teachers, which also contributed towards their professional development.

The Open Channel Filmmaking Bootcamp took place onsite at the Greek Community of Melbourne’s community centre in Lonsdale Street. The introductory course provided teachers with the basic skills to produce a solid short film, with improved production values, which were then screened, as part of the competition, at the Greek Film Festival.

The teachers were enthusiastic – and some of them extremely competitive – the competition is a tight! For further information about the Festival visit: www.greekfilmfestival.com.au