With your help, a team of emerging Sydney filmmakers could be winging it to the Venice Film Festival, and the sort of international recognition that launches careers. Metro Screen Breaks filmmaker Damien Power has two short films in YouTube’s inaugural: Your Film Festival. The films, Bat Eyes and Boot, have been selected [from 15,000 submissions from 160 countries] as two of 50 semi-finalists. Director Damien Power, producer Bec Cubitt and an up-and-coming professional crew worked with the Australian Theatre for Young People and a cast of promising young actors to shoot the two shorts, which are based on dramatic monologues by Jessica Bellamy and Joanna Erskine. Until 13th July you can vote to determine 10 finalists to attend and show their work during the 2012 Venice Film Festival. A grand prize winner will then be named by a special jury and awarded a $500,000 grant to create a new work, produced by Ridley Scott.
You can vote for both films once a day every day until voting closes on 13th July! If you want to follow the filmmaker’s journey, please ‘like’ the Voices Project Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thevoicesproject for regular updates. A lot of love went into the films and with your help they can go all the way to Venice!