Open Channel Success Stories – Corrie Chen


From Open Channel to Screen Australia’s Hot Shots!

Corrie Chen graduated from the VCA School of Film and Television in 2010 before making her short comedy Bruce Lee Played Badminton Too with the help of Screen Australia funds through Open Channel’s Raw Nerve program in 2011. The film was nominated for Best Short Fiction ATOM award and premiered on SBS in 2013 in addition to being shown at numerous festivals.

Corrie was then commissioned by the ABC to direct her first documentary Suicide and Me which won “2014 Best direction in a documentary stand-alone” ADG Award. She also made a short comedy called Bloomers receiving Screen Australia’s Short Film Completion Fund. The film screened at Flickerfest and the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival and had its international premiere at the LA Shorts Fest.

In 2014 Corrie completed a funded attachment with Matchbox Pictures (ABC’s Nowhere Boys) organised through Open Channel and was invited to the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Talents where she was mentored by several internationally acclaimed filmmakers.

Corrie was selected for Screen Australa’s Talent Escalator Program in 2015 with a directors attachment on Channel 7’s Peter Allen: No the Boy Next Door. This was followed by Screen Australia’s Hot Shots Program in which she directed Reg Makes Contact (a short sci-fi drama) – recently completed and set to appear in film festivals this year!


Applications now open for Raw Nerve 2015


Applications have opened today for the much anticipated 2015 Raw Nerve production initiative!

This year’s theme is “One Night”

The application deadline is Friday 20th March 2015 at 5pm.

To find out what kind of projects we are looking for and who is eligible to apply and to download an application form, see our Raw Nerve page

You will need to be a current member of Open Channel to apply for Raw Nerve funding. Not a member? Click here to join!

Raw Nerve 2014 Finalists Announced!


Open Channel are pleased to announce the Finalists for this year’s Raw Nerve Production Initiative!




FRANCIS RULE (Writer/Director) and ANDREA DISTEFANO (Producer)


JAY ADSHEAD (Writer / Director) and LYNNETTE LAI SUET LYNN (Producer)



Congratulations to these three teams for making it through and thank you to everyone who applied.




Raw Nerve 2013 Cast and Crew Screening a Great Success!

Congratulations to the Raw Nerve Filmmakers of 2013! Kino_Cinema

The Cast & Crew Screening was held on Sunday 9th March at the Kino Cinema in Melbourne with lots of Industry VIP’s in attendance.

All of the films were well received and the occasion presented lots of laughs and a good time had by all, including at the networking drinks that followed.

Thanks again to the filmmakers, Screen Australia, Film Victoria and the Kino Cinema.

If you would like a chance to see your film at next year’s screening, there’s still time to enter Raw Nerve 2014!

Entries close on Monday 17th March.


Did you take pictures at the Screening on 9th March? If so, we’d love to post them here. Please email



The first round of Raw Nerve Films to receive a broadcast outcome through ABC2 will screen at 9.20pm on Friday, 4th April.

This screening date coincides with Open Channel’s announcement of the 2014 Victorian Raw Nerve Finalists, who we are pleased to announce will also have their completed films broadcast on ABC2 in early 2015.


The 2013 Victorian finalists were:

SMALL – Summer DeRoche (Director) & Christian White (Writer)
DINNER FOR THREE – Tegan Higginbotham (Writer), Dylan Watson (Writer), Joel Kohn (Writer / Director) & Tom Davies (Producer)
LUNCH DATE – Ian Hillman (Writer / Producer) & David Willing (Writer / Director)


Applications Close: 5.00pm, Monday 17 March 2014
Finalist Announcement Date: Friday 4th April 2014 (via OpenLine)
Production Commences: Mid June 2014
Guidelines and more information: click here