YouTube offers $500,000 in storytelling contest

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a storyteller, then you might be interested to know about YouTube’s latest project. And by storyteller, we don’t mean people who can read bedtime stories to their little ones in an impressive range of voices and accents – we mean original, engaging tales that could captivate an audience of movie goers.

YouTube announced details of the Your Film Festival on Thursday, and here’s the deal: you submit a short video that’s story-driven—any genre is OK, and format too (eg. short film, web-series episode, TV pilot).

Come June, the videos will be voted on by YouTube users around the world. The makers of the 10 videos which most impress voters with their storytelling prowess will win a trip to Italy to open the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

There, a Grand Prize Winner will be selected. And the prize? A $500,000 grant—yes, that’s half a million big ones—which the winner will use to make a brand new piece of work. The icing on the cake is that the winner’s idea will be produced by the legendary movie maker Ridley Scott and his highly talented team.

The free-to-enter competition is accepting submissions from February 2 and must be in by March 31. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced in Venice on September 3.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to spin a decent yarn, dust off the video camera and get filming. It may be the break you’ve been waiting for….

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