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Film: “North Atlantic” makes top 10 finalist list – YouTube

Short film “North Atlantic” by Portuguese director, Bernardo Nascimento, was selected as one of the 10 finalists chosen by the YouTube “Your Film Festival” to be in Italy at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

The 69th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run at the Venice Lido, August 29 through September 8.

The grand prize winner of Your Film Festival competition will be named by a special jury and awarded a $500,000 YouTube original production grant. The winner will be announced at the Venice Film Festival.

Throughout June-July, a list of 50 semi-finalist shortlisted films was featured on YouTube and the public voted for their favorites. The list was selected from more than 15,000 short films submitted by directors worldwide.

Audiences from around were invited to cast their votes, selecting the 10 finalists. “North Atlantic” is a 15 minute drama involving an isolated air traffic controller in the Azores connected with a lone pilot helplessly adrift over the North Atlantic.

The feature has already caught international attention after being premiered at the London Film Festival and presented at more than 40 international competitions, having won nine prizes and honors in Portugal, Italy, USA, Japan and Poland.

Bernardo Nascimento, who is based in London, was born in Portugal in 1975.  He studied Music and History in Lisbon and Paris before starting working in film as an assistant director with Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. In 2005 he moved to London, where he has worked in “auteur” films projects, namelywith  Mathew Vaughn ( Kick Ass).  “North Atlantic” is Bernardo’s debut as director.

The other short film finalists are: 88:88, Joey Ciccoline & Sean Wilson (USA); Bat Eyes, Damien Power (Australia); Cine Rincão, Fernando Grostein Andrade & Fernanda Fernandes (Brazil); The Drough, Kevin Slack (USA); El General, Diego Pino Zamora (Bolivia): The Guilt, David Victori Blaya(Spain); Scruples, Adrian Powers (Australia); and This Time, Ramy El-Gabry (Egypt).

The “Your Film Festival” competition is a global search to find the world’s best storytellers. The initiative was launched June 11, by YouTube and Emirates, in partnership with La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Film Festival) and Scott Free. The finalists were selected by Scott Free Productions, Ridley and Tony Scott’s production company.

YouTube has held film contests in the past, but the global Your Film Festival is on a much larger scale. Last year, YouTube released the film “Life in a Day,” which was co-produced by Scott. The feature-length documentary stitched together videos submitted by YouTube users.

Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

Founded in 1932 and organized by La Biennale di Venezia, the Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. The festival is one of the most prestigious events for professionals and devotees of film and culture. It was created to advance the knowledge and diffusion of international cinema in all its forms: art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. La Biennale di Venezia presents the international competition award, the Golden Lion, among other prizes.

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