• Spanish Filmmaker David Victori receives prize from Your Film Festival juror and award-winning actor Michael Fassbender at special screening in Venice
  • Winner chosen from 15,000 submissions to create new, original content with Fassbender, Ridley Scott, and Scott Free Productions

Dubai, UAE. (Monday, 3 September 2012): YouTube and Emirates, in partnership with the Venice Film Festival and Scott Free Productions, announced today the first ever winner of Your Film Festival – an online competition to find the world’s best storytellers.  Spanish filmmaker David Victori was chosen for his short film submission, “The Guilt,” as the grand prize winner and will receive $500,000 to create original online content for YouTube with Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender acting as executive producers.

Victori’s “The Guilt” follows protagonist “Leo” who, after the murder of his wife, has a single idea running circles within his head — revenge.  Victori was selected based on both the quality of his short film and his vision for his next project.  “The Guilt” can be viewed on YouTube at youtube.com/yourfilmfestival, along with the other finalists’ submissions.

“Your Film Festival has already become one of the most important festivals and the reason is obvious,” says Victori. “There’s no better way for a director to advance in his career than to be given the opportunity to produce one of his dream projects with Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender.”

“The Guilt” was selected as the winner (from the ten films that received the highest number of votes on YouTube) by a distinguished jury that includes both director Sir Ridley Scott and acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender.

Says Michael Fassbender of the jury’s selection, “Choosing a Your Film Festival winner from the ten finalists was a tough decision.  They all showed such creativity and a strong understanding of the filmmaking process.  David is clearly a talented director and I can’t wait to work with him and Ridley on his new YouTube project.”

Content creators around the world were asked to submit a 15-minute, story-driven film of any format, style and genre to YouTube’s Your Film Festival.  Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free narrowed the down the search to 50 semi-finalists and the YouTube community chose the final ten films.  The finalists were flown to Venice via Dubai courtesy of Emirates Airline, stopping off to enjoy various events, workshops and tours before jetting to the renowned Venice Film Festival.

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.

Your Film Festival

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 4on 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 Gettysburgfor 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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YouTube and Emirates Name “The Guilt” Director David Victori Your Film Festival $500K Grand Prize Winner

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