(Venice, Italy) Ten talented storytellers will win a trip to the 69th Venice International Film Festival (August 29 to September 8, 2012) thanks to a partnership between YouTube, the Venice Biennale, Scott Free Productions -- Ridley Scott's production company -- and Emirates, the global airline. The grand prize winner, selected by a special jury, will be awarded a YouTube $500,000 production grant to work with Scott Free Films, creating an entirely new work.
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Ridley Scott said, "Short film making is exactly where I started my career 50 years ago, so to be helping new filmmakers find an entry point like this into the industry is fantastic. It's great to be partnering with YouTube again for this global search for the next generation of exciting filmmakers."
Anyone who has tried to break into Hollywood knows what a great opportunity this is. You need to create a 15-minute, story-driven video of any style, format and genre, and submit it to: www.youtube.com/yourfilmfestival.
From La Biennale:
The competition brings together YouTube’s cutting-edge technology with the finest traditions of the world-renowned Venice Film Festival, to help discover and nurture new talent.
Directors, producers and writers from around the world will be encouraged to submit their films and the voting will ultimately belong to the YouTube community at large.
Submissions, which open February 2, 2012 and close on March 31, 2012, will be reviewed by Scott Free and narrowed down to 50 semi-finalists from around the world in the summer of 2012. The YouTube community will then vote for ten finalists who will be flown to unveil their films in a special program at the world renowned Venice Film Festival. In Venice, a jury will vote among the ten films to select one Grand Prize Winner. The winner will receive a development deal with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions.
Click to go to Venice Biennale.
For more information, visit www.youtube.com/yourfilmfestival and upload your submission from February 2, 2012 through March 31, 2012. Please keep in mind that they are looking for story-driven work, so a lot of beautiful shots that don't tell a story is not the object of the competition. You don't have a lot of time, so get to work!
Best of luck.
Ciao from Venice,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog