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Ridley Scott Wants You... To Vote on the 50 Semi-Finalists of YouTube's First Annual Your Film Festival

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire June 11, 2012 at 7:03PM

YouTube and airline sponsor Emirates, in partnership with the Venice Film Festival and Scott Free Productions, have announced the 50 semifinalists of the first annual Your Film Festival.
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YouTube and airline sponsor Emirates, in partnership with the Venice Film Festival and Scott Free Productions, have announced the 50 semifinalists of the first annual Your Film Festival.

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The “global competition to find the world's best storytellers” fielded more than 15,000 submissions from 160 countries and organizers are now looking for YouTube viewers to decide which 10 finalists get to show their work in Venice in August and take a shot at the $500,000 grand prize.

Give a listen to Ridley Scott, a festival judge along with his “Prometheus” star Michael Fassbender, as he talks about the semi-finalists and the voting procedure. Then vote for your favorite entries through July 13 to help determine who will win the production grant to work with Scott Free. The voting window has just opened.

Participants were asked to send a 15-minute, story-driven video on any subject. The complete list of semi-finalists is below, with links to the filmmakers’ work. Happy viewing -- and voting.

United States Semi-finalists:

88:88, Joey Ciccoline
Bench Seat, Anna Mastro
The Debt Collector, Alan David Morgan
The Drought, Kevin Slack
Fish, Shaun Escayg
Kiss, Alex Murawski
Learning Spanish the Hard Way, Eric Stolze
The Return Address, Abi Varghese
Secular Quater #3, David Gidali
Sold, John Irwin
Stop. Watch. Love, Brad Herbert

International Semi-finalists:
Aisha's Song, Orlando von Einsiedel (United Kingdom)
An Exclusive, Krzysztof Szot (Poland)
Bat Eyes, Damien Power (Australia)
Biondina, Laura Bispuri (Italy)
Boot, Damien Power (Australia)
Camino Al Cementerio, Mijael Milies and Carla Pastén (Chile)
The Child, Sebastian Mantilla (Spain)
Cine Rincao, Fernando Grostein Andrade& Fernanda Fernandes (Brazil)
Cortometraje Teta y Sopa, Alberto Gómez (Spain)
Das Tub, James Cunningham (New Zealand)
Doorhandle Thoughts, Carlos Crespo Arnold (Spain)
Dr Grordbort presents: the Deadliest Game, James Cunningham (New Zealand)
Ebony Society, Tammy Davis (New Zealand)
El General, Diego Pino Zamora (Bolivia)
El Porvenir- Episodio 1 Hermanos, Manuel Alejandro Anell (Mexico)
Good Pretender, Maziar Lahooti (Australia)
The Guilt, David Victori Blaya (Spain)
I'll Keep an Eye on You, Torben Bech (Denmark)
La Carta, Angel Manuel Soto Vazquez (Puerto Rico)
Letting Go, Daniel McCauley (South Africa)
No Exit, Jesper Isaksen (Denmark)
North Atlantic, Bernardo Nascimento (United Kingdom)
The Obstacle, Maxim Neafit Bujnicki (Ukraine)
On My Doorstep, Anat Costi (Israel)
Our Mission: Pascal, Johanna Pyykkö (Sweden)
Photo For Baba, Harel Yana & Moti Malka (Israel)
Picnic, Gerardo Herrero (Spain)
Scruples, Adrian Powers (Australia)
Skatesistan: To live and skate in Kabul, Orlando von Einsiedel (United Kingdom)
Skin of Glass, Lukas Dhont (Belgium)
Start the Engine and reverse, Andrey Zagidullin (Russia)
Storm, Cesar Cabral (Brazil)
Super.full., Niam Itani (Lebanon)
The Telegram Man, James Francis Khehtie (Australia)
Ter Ter, David Lucchini & Fabien Carrabin (France)
Then and Now, Paul Johannessen (Japan)
This Time, Ramy EL-Gabry (Egypt)
Turkish Coffee, Thiago Luciano (Brazil)
Wickate, Niralji Ravishanker (Malaysia)

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