One NZFC-funded and two Media Design School shorts have beaten 15,000 other offerings to reach the semi-final round of 50 films in the inaugural Your Film Festival (YFF) on YouTube.
As one might expect on YouTube, popular vote will determine the ten finalists. Voting closes on 13 July US time, and viewers can vote only once a day, but for as many films as they wish each day.
Once chosen, the ten finalists get to go to the Venice Film Festival, from which nine will come home a little poorer. The winner will leave a none to shabby US$500,000 better off, although the catch is the winner has to spend some of it developing a project with Ridley Scott and actor Michael Fassbender, currently teamed in Promotheus.
Scott’s production company Scott Free and the Venice Festival have partnered with YouTube to run the competition.
The three Kiwi films in the running and wanting your votes, every day between now and then (and more than once a day if you have different IP addresses at home and work) are Tammy Davis’ Ebony Society and two MDS films by James Cunningham, Das Tub and Dr Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game.
Ebony Society premiered last year at Sundance, and has since run the gamut of A list international festivals and several indigenous film festivals. It also screened here last year at Wairoa, in the NZIFF, again in the Show Me Shorts festival and most recently in the NZFC-curated programme at Unitec’s Uni Shorts Film Festival.
Both MDS films were written by Nick Ward, who makes a cameo appearance in Das Tub. Also a favourite on the international festival circuit, Das Tub won Best Short Short’ at Aspen Shortsfest and Best Director at the Honolulu Film Awards last year.
Dr Grordbort comes from Greg Broadmore’s creation, which has grown into its own little empire over the last three years with exhibitions here and overseas and products being bought around the globe. The film premiered earlier this year.
Five Aussie films also make the semi finals: James Francis Khehtie’s The Telegram Man, Maziar Lahooti’s Good Pretender, Adrian Powers’ Scruples, and a pair from Damien Power, Bat Eyes and Boot. But we won’t be voting for them.
To support the Kiwis’ push for the finals vote hard and often, and encourage your friends to do the same. Vote for the titles at the links above.