Among the six Aussie films selected as semi-finalists in this year’s YouTube Your Film Festival, two have reached the top ten – earning their filmmakers a trip and screening at the 69th annual Venice Film Festival, which opens today.
The two Australian finalists, Damien Power (Bat Eyes) and Adrian Powers (Scruples) were chosen by the public from over 50 semi-finalists, as part of a final group of ten to be judged at the festival by a grand jury led by legendary director Ridley Scott and actor Michael Fassbender. All ten will have their work screened as part of the festival, followed by a chance to pitch their next film project to the Ridley Scott team. The ultimate winner will receive a $500,000 production grant to work with Ridley Scott’s award-winning team to create a new original work for YouTube.
Thankfully, for those of us who are unable to make it to the Venice Film Festival, all ten finalist videos are available on Youtube. In addition to the two Aussie finalists, four other Australian movies made the top 50: Boot, also by Damien Power (as part of The Voices Project from the Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp)), The Telegram Man by James Khetie, Kiss by Alex Murawski and Good Pretender by Maziar Lahouti.
We’ve put together a convenient playlist of all the Australian finalists. So feel free to sit back and relax with some popcorn, and support these emerging Australian filmmakers: