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Ten Finalists for Scott Free’s ‘Your Film Festival’ Head to Dubai & Venice Fests

Ten Finalists for Scott Free's 'Your Film Festival' Head to Dubai & Venice Fests

Your Film Festival, launched by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Production and YouTube (with Emirates’ sponsorship), will present the competition’s winning film at this year’s Venice Film Festival.  Some three million YouTube users voted on fifty films (determined by Scott Free from 15,000 submissions) to narrow down the list to ten finalists.

Listed below, the finalists will travel to Venice where the films will screen, but not before Emirates brings them to Dubai for events celebrating their work. The winning filmmaker will be given $500,000 to create original online content with Scott Free and Michael Fassbender; both will serve as exec producers after serving on the jury that will select the winner on September 2.

Scott states:

“These ten finalists have achieved something quite remarkable and are all clearly talents to watch. People may be surprised to know that making a short film is very difficult, but these filmmakers have all succeeded in realizing their visions and I congratulate them on this achievement.”

You can watch all the short films, including “88:88,” which played in the Palm Springs Shortsfest, here. Full list is below.

88:88, Joey Ciccoline & Sean Wilson (USA)

Bat Eyes, Damien Power (Australia)

Cine Rincao, Fernando Grostein Andrade & Fernanda Fernandes (Brazil)

The Drought, Kevin Slack (USA)

El General, Diego Pino Zamora (Bolivia)

The Guilt, David Victori Blaya (Spain)

North Atlantic, Bernardo Nascimento (United Kingdom)

Super.Full., Niam Itani (Lebanon)

Scruples, Adrian Powers (Australia)

This Time, Ramy EL-Gabry (Egypt)

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Of all 50 semi-finalists, these ten were undoubtedly the most electronically accessible. "88:88" got mentioned in, which pretty much secured its place in the finals (Although it wasn't the only sci-fi short, and hardly stood out on its own right).
"This time" had several hundreds of thousands of viewers, about ten time the average, all from Egypt – god knows where these came from (Front page of Youtube Egypt?).
"Bat eyes" got countless mentions in local media due to its celebrity director.
In short, this wasn't a quality contest, selection for finalist was hardly an indication of quality.

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