By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2012 at 12:57PM
Ridley Scott just got a mighty fine partner in crime for his new Your Film Festival, naming its first winner at this year's Venice Film Festival; Michael Fassbender will help the director-producer choose the Grand Prize Winner of the Your Film Festival competition, which looks to find the world's best new storytellers. They will then serve as co-executive producers for the festival winner's new film, which will also win $500,000.
Fassbender's a great choice, having just won our TOH! Oscar poll as a wild card. As with his "Life in a Day," the fest is using YouTube to connect with and discover new filmmakers. Clearly the pair enjoyed working together on "Prometheus," for which we have great expectations. Fassbender says, “I was delighted to join this partnership alongside Ridley, YouTube, Venice, and Emirates; I’ve worked with incredible storytellers before and am excited to help find the next great one through Your Film Festival.”
Fassbender introduces himself and the competition in a video below. Details on Your Film Festival are here and below:
In YOUR FILM FESTIVAL content creators around the world are invited to submit a 15-minute, story-driven video of any format, style and genre, to Youtube.com/yourfilmfestival. After submissions are whittled down to fifty semi-finalists, YouTube users from around the world will cast their votes, choosing ten finalists. The ten finalists will travel to Italy, where their work will screen at the 69th Venice International Film Festival and a Grand Prize winner will be named. Submission period is currently open and will remain open until March 31, 2012.
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.
For more information, please visit here and submit your film before March 31, 2012.