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YouTube looking for budding directors

Staff Writer, with CNA

Budding moviemakers who would like to work with award-winning directors Ridley and Tony Scott will have a chance to realize their dream, Google Taiwan said yesterday.

Organized by YouTube, which is owned by Google, the “Your Film Festival” project is scheduled to commence today. The festivals is aiming to “find the world’s best storyteller.”

All entries should be submitted to the video-sharing Web site.

“Everyone has a story, and stories need telling, but the way to tell them is changing,” an online promotion clip says.

Participants can submit their 15-minute films online until March 31.

YouTube users will then vote for their favorites between June 1 and July 13.

“It could be live action, documentary, animation. It’s up to you,” the promotion clip says.

There’s no entry fee and submissions can be in any format — short film, Web-series episode, TV pilot — and any genre, as long as they are story-driven.

In September, 10 of the online storytellers will then open this year’s Venice Film Festival, where the grand prize winner will be awarded with a US$500,000 grant to create a new work that will be produced by Ridley Scott and his world class team, the project’s official Web site says.

Ridley Scott, an English movie director and producer, is famous for his award-winning films, including Alien, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and American Gangster.

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