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

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2012 at 3:41PM

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...
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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.

This article is related to: Festivals, Video, News, Ridley Scott, YouTube, Venice Film Festival, Michael Fassbender


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.