YouTube and Emirates Name 50 Semi-finalists for Your Film Festival
Published Jun 13, 2012
YouTube and Emirates, in partnership with La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Film Festival) and Scott Free, announced today the 50 semi-finalists for Your Film Festival - a global competition to find the world's best storytellers. Scott Free had the difficult task of narrowing down more than 15,000 submissions and the 50 semi-finalists from more than 160 countries across the globe are listed below. It is now up to the YouTube community to view and vote on the semi-finalists at youtube.com/yourfilmfestival thus helping decide which 10 filmmakers will attend the Venice Film Festival and complete for the $500,000 grand-prize.
Egyptian Ramy El-Gabry submitted this short film called “This Time” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9bbUJRv2JI
Lebanon’s Niam Itani submitted a drama called “Super Full” which is the story of the Richest city in the world. A poor disabled couple. A dream. And a heartbreak. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-oUhQc4AVU
Film, Filmmaker (Country of Residence)
Aisha's Song, Orlando von Einsiedel (United Kingdom)
An Exclusive, Krzysztof Szot (Poland)
Biondina, Laura Bispuri (Italy)
Bat Eyes, Damien Power (Australia)
Boot, Damien Power (Australia)
Das Tub, James Cunningham (New Zealand)
Dr Grordbort presents: the Deadliest Game, James Cunningham (New Zealand)
Ebony Society, Tammy Davis (New Zealand)
Kiss, Alex Murawski (USA)
Stop. Watch. Love, Brad Herbert (USA)
Good Pretender, Maziar Lahooti (Australia)
Scruples, Adrian Powers (Australia)
The Telegram Man, James Francis Khehtie (Australia)
Then and Now, Paul Johannessen (Japan)
Wickate, Niralji Ravishanker (Malaysia)
Fish, Shaun Escayg (USA)
The Return Address, Abi Varghese (USA)
Bench Seat, Anna Mastro (USA)
Learning Spanish the Hard Way, Eric Stolze (USA)
Sold, John Irwin (USA)
The Drought, Kevin Slack (USA)
The Debt Collector, Alan David Morgan (USA)
88:88, Joey Ciccoline (USA)
Doorhandle Thoughts, Carlos Crespo Arnold (Spain)
Cortometraje Teta y Sopa, Alberto Gómez (Spain)
North Atlantic, Bernardo Nascimento (United Kingdom)
Our Mission: Pascal, Johanna Pyykkö (Sweden)
The Obstacle, Maxim Neafit Bujnicki (Ukraine)
No Exit, Jesper Isaksen (Denmark)
Aisha's Song, Orlando von Einsiedel (United Kingdom)
The Guilt, David Victori Blaya (Spain)
Picnic, Gerardo Herrero (Spain)
Start the Engine and reverse, Andrey Zagidullin (Russia)
Super.full., Niam Itani (Lebanon)
This Time, Ramy EL-Gabry (Egypt)
Photo For Baba, Harel Yana & Moti Malka (Israel)
On My Doorstep, Anat Costi (Israel)
Skin of Glass, Lukas Dhont (Belgium)
Ter Ter, David Lucchini & Fabien Carrabin (France)
Letting Go, Daniel McCauley (South Africa)
Secular Quater #3, David Gidali (USA)
Skatesistan: To live and skate in Kabul, Orlando von Einsiedel (United Kingdom)
I'll Keep an Eye on You, Torben Bech (Denmark)
La Carta, Angel Manuel Soto Vazquez (Puerto Rico)
El Porvenir- Episodio 1 Hermanos, Manuel Alejandro Anell (Mexico)
Storm, Cesar Cabral (Brazil)
Camino Al Cementerio, Mijael Milies and Carla Pastén (Chile)
El General, Diego Pino Zamora (Bolivia)
Cine Rincao, Fernando Grostein Andrade & Fernanda Fernandes (Brazil)
Turkish Coffee, Thiago Luciano (Brazil)
The Child, Sebastian Mantilla (Spain)
Content creators around the world were asked to submit a 15-minute, story-driven video of any format, style and genre. Submissions came from all over the world and the semi-finalists reflect the global reach of the festival. The ten finalists will travel to Italy, where their work will screen at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in August. A grand-prize winner will then be named by a special jury, which includes Sir Ridley Scott and acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender, and awarded a $500,000 YouTube original production grant to work with Scott Free.
Starting today and through July 16 the entire YouTube community will be able to view and vote on the selection of films at youtube.com/yourfilmfestival.
Your Film Festival is one of several efforts by YouTube to push the boundaries of music, art, and film. It follows the incredibly successful partnership that YouTube experienced with Scott Free to help create the critically acclaimed documentary Life In A Day. Other projects like the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, YouTube Play, and YouTube Space Lab are examples of the convergence of online video with traditional arts . Emirates, the global airline, has also come on board as a proud sponsor of the program and the festival.
YouTube is the world's most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share original videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.
About Scott Free
Scott Free Productions was formed in 1995 and is the film and television production vehicle of acclaimed film directors, brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. Scott Free Films recently released the international hits Robin Hood and Unstoppable, as well as the critically acclaimed films Cracks, Welcome to the Rileys, Cyrus for Fox Searchlight, and most recently the YouTube backed Life in a Day. Next for Scott Free is Ridley Scott’s visionary epic Prometheus starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron which Fox will release in June 2012, and Joe Carnahan’s The Grey starring Liam Neeson set for January 2012. The company just wrapped production on Stoker, the English language debut of Park Chan Wook (Old Boy) at Searchlight, starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode and is currently in production on The East with director Zal Batmanglij and starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, and Ellen Page also for Fox Searchlight.
Scott Free Television produces the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated, Peabody-acclaimed drama, The Good Wife for CBS which is now in its third year. Up next this year, is an eight hour adaptation of World Without End, Ken Follett’s international best-seller featuring Cynthia Nixon, Ben Chaplin and Miranda Richardson, as well as Coma, a four-hour adaptation of the Robin Cook novel, starring Geena Davis, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Burstyn, set to air Memorial Day 2012 on A&E. Scott Free also produced the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated mini-series The Pillars of the Earth for Starz, and the hit CBS show Numb3rs, which ran for six seasons. With offices in Los Angeles and London, Scott Free works closely with RSA Films, one of the world's largest and most successful commercial production houses.
About Venice Film Festival
The 69th Venice International Film Festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organised by la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta. It will be held on the Venice Lido from 29th August to 8th September 2012. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The International Competition awards the Golden Lion and other official prizes. The Festival is officially recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations).
Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has received more than 500 international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 118 destinations in 70 countries across six continents and is the world’s largest airline in available seat kilometres. Operating 168 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including an industry leading 20 A380s, Emirates has orders for an additional 237 aircraft, worth more than USD$84 billion. For more information please visit www.emirates.com.
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