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YouTube + Emirates “Your Film Festival”

YouTube and Emirates, in partnership with La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Film Festival) and Scott Free, present Your Film Festival – a global competition to find the world’s best storytellers, connect them with a global audience, and provide one deserving entrant with a career-changing opportunity.

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 be named by a special jury and awarded a $500,000 YouTube original production grant to work with Scott Free, ultimately creating a brand new work for the world to see.

The Global Search for the world’s Best Storytellers

The competition brings together YouTube’s cutting-edge technology with the finest traditions of the world-renowned Venice Film Festival, to help discover and nurture new talent. Directors, producers and writers from around the world will be encouraged to submit their films and the voting will ultimately belong to the YouTube community at large.

Content creators around the world are invited to submit a 15-minute, story-driven video of any format, style and genre.

After submissions are whittled down to 50 semi-finalists, audiences from around the world will cast their votes, choosing ten finalists. 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 and awarded a $500,000 YouTube original production grant to work with Scott Free, ultimately creating a brand new work for the world to see.

For more information, please visit youtube.com/yourfilmfestival and submit your film between 2 February and 31 March 2012.