Aussies in Top 10 on global short­list

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

many as­pir­ing film­mak­ers work­ing with di­rec­tor Ri­d­ley Scott would re­main just a dream, but for two Aus­tralians it may be­come a re­al­ity. Adrian Pow­ers and Damien Power have been named among the 10 fi­nal­ists in YouTube’s Your Film Fes­ti­val. Their 15-minute short films were voted from among the 15,000 that en­tered the global com­pe­ti­tion. More than three mil­lion peo­ple watched the films. The two Aussies are now in the run­ning to re­ceive $US500,000 ($A478,354) to de­velop their films with the help of Scott and ac­tor Michael Fass­ben­der ( In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds, Prometheus). ‘‘These 10 fi­nal­ists have achieved some­thing quite re­mark­able and are all clearly tal­ents to watch,’’ Scott says. ‘‘Peo­ple may be sur­prised to know that mak­ing a short film is very dif­fi­cult, but these film­mak­ers have all suc­ceeded in re­al­is­ing their vi­sions and I con­grat­u­late them on this achieve­ment.’’ All 10 fi­nal­ists will travel to the pres­ti­gious Venice Film Fes­ti­val at the end of Au­gust. Their films will be screened in Venice in a spe­cial se­lec­tion on Septem­ber 2. The grand prize win­ner will be cho­sen from a jury that in­cludes Scott and Fass­ben­der.

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