Stuart Parkyn announced as Raw Nerve producer

Open Channel is pleased to announce that the new Series Producer for Raw Nerve 2008 is Oscar-nominated producer Stuart Parkyn.

Raw Nerve is an initiative funded by the Australian Film Commission aimed at emerging filmmakers, enabling them to make a short film on digital video. Raw Nerve 2008 will give four new filmmakers, who have never previously produced or directed a film with full or part financing from a government film financing agency, the chance to move from no-budget filmmaking to a more professional approach with the help of a small budget, and equipment, technical support, advice and guidance from the Australian Film Commission and OPen Channel.

As part of that support, Stuart Parkyn (left) has been appointed Series Producer and will oversee the four film projects, offering assistance and guidance to the filmmakers throughout the making of their film.

Stuart was recently nominated at the 79th Academy Awards in the category of Live Action Short Film. In 2005 he completed a Masters degree in Producing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. The six films he produced at AFTRS have won more than 40 awards and screened at 70 film festivals in 16 countries.

Apart from the Oscar nomination, festival highlights include winning the Slamdance Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short in both 2005 (for Splintered) and 2006 (for The Saviour); winning Best Film and Best Documentary at the 2005 St Kilda Film Festival (for Splintered and Blandville); and screening at the 2005 Annecy Animation Festival (for The Instructional Guide to

Since AFTRS Stuart has produced television commercials, worked as a script assessor and has recently completed the Australian Film Commission funded short film Piranha. Prior to AFTRS Stuart worked in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Dublin and London in the areas of business management, marketing and internet development. Stuart currently developing two feature film projects and a television series. 

Open Channel gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian Film Commission and Film Victoria.

[release from Open Channel]

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