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YouTube & Emirates name semi-finalists for 'Your Film Festival'

Egypt & Lebanon are among the finalists from more than 15,000 submissions & YouTube users will be able end 10 finalists to the Venice Film Festival.
YouTube | 12.06.2012
YouTube and Emirates, in partnership with La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Film Festival) and Scott Free, announced today the 50 semi-finalists for Your Film Festival - a global competition to find the world's best storytellers. Scott Free had the difficult task of narrowing down more than 15,000 submissions and the 50 semi-finalists from more than 160 countries across the globe are listed below. It is now up to the YouTube community to view and vote on the semi-finalists at youtube.com/yourfilmfestival thus helping decide which 10 filmmakers will attend the Venice Film Festival and complete for the $500,000 grand-prize.

Egyptian Ramy El-Gabry submitted this short film called “This Time” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9bbUJRv2JI

Lebanon’s Niam Itani submitted a drama called “Super Full” which is the story of the Richest city in the world. A poor disabled couple. A dream. And a heartbreak. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-oUhQc4AVU

50 Semi-finalists:
Film, Filmmaker (Country of Residence)
Aisha's Song, Orlando von Einsiedel (United Kingdom)
An Exclusive, Krzysztof Szot (Poland)
Biondina, Laura Bispuri (Italy)
Bat Eyes, Damien Power (Australia)
Boot, Damien Power (Australia)
Das Tub, James Cunningham (New Zealand)
Dr Grordbort presents: the Deadliest Game, James Cunningham (New Zealand)
Ebony Society, Tammy Davis (New Zealand)
Kiss, Alex Murawski (USA)
Stop. Watch. Love, Brad Herbert (USA)
Good Pretender, Maziar Lahooti (Australia)
Scruples, Adrian Powers (Australia)
The Telegram Man, James Francis Khehtie (Australia)
Then and Now, Paul Johannessen (Japan)
Wickate, Niralji Ravishanker (Malaysia)
Fish, Shaun Escayg (USA)
The Return Address, Abi Varghese (USA)
Bench Seat, Anna Mastro (USA)
Learning Spanish the Hard Way, Eric Stolze (USA)
Sold, John Irwin (USA)
The Drought, Kevin Slack (USA)
The Debt Collector, Alan David Morgan (USA)
88:88, Joey Ciccoline (USA)
Doorhandle Thoughts, Carlos Crespo Arnold (Spain)
Cortometraje Teta y Sopa, Alberto Gómez (Spain)
North Atlantic, Bernardo Nascimento (United Kingdom)
Our Mission: Pascal, Johanna Pyykkö (Sweden)
The Obstacle, Maxim Neafit Bujnicki (Ukraine)
No Exit, Jesper Isaksen (Denmark)
Aisha's Song, Orlando von Einsiedel (United Kingdom)
The Guilt, David Victori Blaya (Spain)
Picnic, Gerardo Herrero (Spain)
Start the Engine and reverse, Andrey Zagidullin (Russia)
Super.full., Niam Itani (Lebanon)
This Time, Ramy EL-Gabry (Egypt)
Photo For Baba, Harel Yana & Moti Malka (Israel)
On My Doorstep, Anat Costi (Israel)
Skin of Glass, Lukas Dhont (Belgium)
Ter Ter, David Lucchini & Fabien Carrabin (France)
Letting Go, Daniel McCauley (South Africa)
Secular Quater #3, David Gidali (USA)
Skatesistan: To live and skate in Kabul, Orlando von Einsiedel (United Kingdom)
I'll Keep an Eye on You, Torben Bech (Denmark)
La Carta, Angel Manuel Soto Vazquez (Puerto Rico)
El Porvenir- Episodio 1 Hermanos, Manuel Alejandro Anell (Mexico)
Storm, Cesar Cabral (Brazil)
Camino Al Cementerio, Mijael Milies and Carla Pastén (Chile)
El General, Diego Pino Zamora (Bolivia)
Cine Rincao, Fernando Grostein Andrade & Fernanda Fernandes (Brazil)
Turkish Coffee, Thiago Luciano (Brazil)
The Child, Sebastian Mantilla (Spain)

Content creators around the world were asked to submit a 15-minute, story-driven video of any format, style and genre. Submissions came from all over the world and the semi-finalists reflect the global reach of the festival. The ten finalists will travel to Italy, where their work will screen at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in August. A grand-prize winner will then be named by a special jury, which includes Sir Ridley Scott and acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender, and awarded a $500,000 YouTube original production grant to work with Scott Free.

Starting today and through July 16 the entire YouTube community will be able to view and vote on the selection of films at youtube.com/yourfilmfestival.

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.