The Google Inc. owned video site, You Tube, have begun taking submissions for their newly launched ‘Your Film Festival’ today. Submissions of short ‘story-driven’ films up to 15mins in length will be accepted between 2nd February 2012 and 31st March 2012. There is NO entry fee, and videos can be in any format or genre.
Fifty semi-finalists will be selected by Scott Free Productions, Ridley and Tony Scott's production company. Those 50 films will form a channel on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/yourfilmfestival. From June, users will be able to view the films and vote for their favorites.
The 10 finalists will be flown to the 69th annual Venice Film Festival, where their films will be screened in August. Ridley Scott will lead a jury in selecting a winner, who will receive a $500,000 grant from YouTube to produce a work with Scott Free.
"Through this program, YouTube will give filmmakers the opportunity to reach a vast audience, screen their work during the Venice Film Festival and potentially be rewarded in a career-changing way," Robert Kyncl, global head of content at YouTube, said in a statement.
Article by Lucy G / 2nd February 2012