October 20, 2014

YouTube and Emirates Name Ten Finalists for Your Film Festival

Niam Itani and Ramy EL-Gabry
  • Two filmmakers from the MENA region among finalists chosen by the worldwide YouTube community
  • Ten Finalists will attend the Venice Film Festival to showcase their work and vie for the $500,000 grand prize development deal with Scott Free

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (August 1, 2012): YouTube and Emirates, in partnership with La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Film Festival) and Scott Free Productions, announced today the ten films receiving the highest number of votes from the YouTube community, and becoming the Your Film Festival finalists. The finalists include two filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa Region; Niam Itani (Lebanon) and Ramy EL-Gabry (Egypt). These films were watched, shared and voted on by more than three million YouTube users after Scott Free narrowed down the initial 15,000 submissions to 50 semi-finalists.

The filmmakers behind these films will travel to the prestigious Venice Film Festival at the end of August. All ten films will be screened in a special selection as part of the Venice Film Festival on Sunday, September 2, 2012, and the grand prize winner will be chosen from a distinguished jury that includes directors Sir Ridley Scott and acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender. The winner will receive $500,000 to create original online content with the help of Scott Free Productions and Fassbender, acting as executive producers.

“These ten finalists have achieved something quite remarkable and are all clearly talents to watch,” says Ridley Scott. “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.”

Your Film Festival is an online search to find the world’s best storytellers. 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 finalists reflect the global reach of the festival. The ten finalists are:

  • 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)

Niam Itani and Ramy EL-Gabry

As part of their journey to Venice, Emirates has invited the filmmakers to visit Dubai for a series of events celebrating their achievements, before flying to Italy where the films will be screened and the grand prize winner will be announced on Sunday, September 2, 2012. More press materials are available at https://sites.google.com/site/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.

About YouTube
YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share original videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

About Scott Free
Scott Free was formed in 1995 and is the film and television production vehicle of acclaimed film directors: brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. Scott Free Films most recently released Ridley Scott’s visionary epic Prometheus to worldwide acclaim, starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron as well as the international hits The Grey, Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, and the YouTube backed sensation Life in a Day. Next for Scott Free is Stoker, the English language debut of Park Chan Wook (Old Boy) at Fox Searchlight, starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, The East by director Zal Batmanglij starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, and Ellen Page also for Searchlight, Out of the Furnace at Relativity, written and directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) starring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, and Forest Whitaker, and The Counselor at Fox, which Ridley Scott will direct from Cormac McCarthy’s script, starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Javier Bardem.

Scott Free Television produces the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated, Peabody-acclaimed drama, The Good Wife for CBS which is about to enter its fourth season this fall. Up next this year is an eight hour adaptation of World Without End, Ken Follett’s international best-seller featuring Cynthia Nixon, Ben Chaplin and Miranda Richardson set to air on Reelz, Coma, a four-hour adaptation of the Robin Cook novel, starring Lauren Ambrose, Geena Davis, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Burstyn, set to air September 4 on A&E, and Christopher Smith’s Labyrinth starring John Hurt, Tom Felton and Sebastian Stan. Scott Free also produced the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated mini-series The Pillars of the Earth for Starz, and the hit CBS show Numb3rs, which ran for six seasons. In addition to scripted fare, Scott Free has firmly established its nonfiction presence by producing the epic Emmy®-winning documentary Gettysburg for History Channel, and the upcoming documentary Killing Lincoln for National Geographic.

Scott Free has offices in Los Angeles and London in conjunction with RSA Films, one of the world’s largest and most successful commercial production houses.

About Venice Film Festival
The 69th Venice International Film Festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organised by la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta. It will be held on the Venice Lido from 29th August to 8th September 2012. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The International Competition awards the Golden Lion and other official prizes. The Festival is officially recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations).

About Emirates
Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has received more than 500 international awards and accolades for excellence. Emirates flies to 124 destinations in 74 countries across six continents and is the world’s largest airline in available seat kilometres. Operating 174 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft, including an industry leading 21 A380s, Emirates has orders for an additional 229 aircraft, worth more than USD$84 billion. For more information please visit www.emirates.com.

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