Bat Eyes directed by Australian filmmaker and Metro Screen alumni Damien Power has been announced by YouTube and the 69th Venice International Film Festival [La Biennale di Venezia)] as a finalist in the inaugural Your Film Festival, a competition to find the world’s best storytellers. In Venice, the grand-prize winner will be awarded $500,000 to develop a project with legendary film director Sir Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender. Of the 50 semi-finalist films selected from 15,000 entries from 160 countries, YouTube’s global community voted to determine the 10 finalists who will attend and screen their films in Venice next month. During the four-week voting period, Power, producer Bec Cubitt and everyone involved in the team, campaigned to attract more than 60,000 views from over 170 countries. ‘I’m thrilled that Bat Eyes is in the final of YouTube’s Your Film Festival. It’s great to get there by a popular vote – the film has really struck a chord with viewers. I can’t wait to watch it with a Venice Film Festival audience’, said Power.Bat Eyes was developed by the Australian Theatre for Young People’s (atyp) The Voices Project, and the young actors who make up the cast may be our future film stars.

The Voices Project is part of atyp’s Fresh Ink program, which encourages young people to write for stage, film and online performance. Bat Eyes was adapted from an original theatrical monologue by Sydney-based playwright Jessica Bellamy who worked closely with Power to develop her screenplay.

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