Three Israelis in finals of YouTube film competition

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Three Israelis have reached the finals in the Your Film Festival competition, sponsored by British director-producer Sir Ridley Scott and YouTube. The competition began June 12, with 50 finalists selected by Scott from more than 15,000 short films submitted by creators from 160 countries.

Voting for the 10 winners ended June 13, and the results will be announced Aug. 1. Among the three Israelis who made it to the semi-finals is Harel Yanna, 30, who produced a short film titled “Photo for Baba” centering on Isam, a Tunisian boy who agrees to carry out a terrorist attack in Munich to save his sick father.

The 10 winners will have their work screened as part of the opening days of the festival and judged by a jury of industry professionals, including Scott and actor Michael Fassbender. The winners will then propose their next film project to Scott’s team at the Venice International Film Festival in August, in an attempt to win a $500,000 production grant to work with the award-winning crew in creating a new work for YouTube.

Israel Hayom Courtesy of JointMedia News Service

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