Back in January, Ridley Scott and Youtube announced they were launching Your Film Festival, a free and worldwide opened entry film festival looking for shorts under 15 minutes in any genre that were celebrating the power of storytelling.
- Phase 1 (sending your film) closed March 31st.
- Phase 2 opened yesterday: the 50 semi-finalists competing were announced and you can watch the shorts here and vote for your favorite until July 13.
- Phase 3: will close the competition, with 10 finalists seeing their film screened at the Venice Film Festival in front of a jury composed (to name few) of Scott and Michael Fassbinder.
Photo from Super.Full. Lebanese short movie in competition.
We don’t know how many shorts were send to the competition but I believe it counted in thousands.
Each film was competing within its Geographic Region (GR): North America, South/Central America, Africa/Middle East, Asia/Australia, and Europe. We don’t know how many shorts per GR were selected (nor if there was a set number per GR) but 50 semi-finalists are offering a varied selection and should prove interesting.
Here are the numbers per Geographic Region:
North America: 11 movies out of 50
- USA : 11 movies selected.
South/Central America: 7 movies out of 50
- Brazil: 3 movies selected
- Puerto Rico: 1 movie selected
- Mexico : 1 movie selected
- Chile: 1 movie selected
- Bolivia: 1 movie selected
Africa/Middle East: 5 movies out of 50
- South Africa: 1 movie selected
- Egypt : 1 movie selected
- Lebanon: 1 movie selected
- Israel: 2 movies selected
Asia/Australia: 10 movies out of 50
- Australia: 5 movies selected
- New-Zealand: 3 movies selected
- Malaysia: 1 movie selected
- Japan: 1 movie selected
Europe: 17 movies out of 50
- Spain: 5 movies selected
- United Kingdom: 3 movies selected
- Denmark: 2 movies selected
- Belgium: 1 movie selected
- Russia: 1 movie selected
- Poland: 1 movie selected
- Ukraine: 1 movie selected
- Italy: 1 movie selected
- Sweden: 1 movie selected
- France: 1 movie selected
Photo from Wickate. Malaysian short movie in competition
- Less than 5 minutes: 2 movies
- Between 5 and 10 minutes: 10 movies
- Between 10 and 15 minutes: 38 movies
I have yet to watch any of them but I am planning to. If you do, let me know what you think about the selection and which short is your favorite (if any).
To Be Continued…