Young documentary makers have a chance to get their work on television in a $400,000 initiative by ABC2 and Screen Australia.

Five filmmakers under the age of 35 will be offered primetime slots on ABC2 as winners of the annual Opening Shot scheme.

ABC2 controller Stuart Menzies said the success of last year's Opening Shot season showed the importance of supporting young talent.

"The Opening Shot initiative is simply a great and all-too-rare opportunity for today's young filmmakers," Menzies said.

"For our second season we were impressed by the tough subjects the filmmakers want to tackle."

Set to be broadcast later this year, winners of Opening Shot 2 include Kate Breen's The Vagina Diaries, a look at the increasing rate of labiaplasty in Australia, and Charlotte McLellan's Growing Up Gaysby, talking to people who've grown up with same-sex parents.

Young filmmakers interested in participating in Opening Shot 3 should head to, with April 12 the deadline for applications.

The West Australian

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