Two Aussie film-makers make final of Ridley Scott film festival
Adrian Powers and Damien Power are through to the top ten in an international film festival run through the video platform.
The competition is in partnership with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and the Venice Film Festival.
Adrian Powers’ Scruples and Damien Power’s Bat Eyes join film-makers from USA, Brazil, Bolivia, the UK, Spain, Lebanon and Egypt vying for the top prize.
Power had two films in the top 50 shortlist, Bat Eyes and Boot.
The winner will be announced after a screening of all films on Sunday 2 September during the Venice Film Festival in front of the judging panel which includes Scott and actor Michael Fassbender.
Scott said: “These ten finalists have achieved something quite remarkable and are all clearly talents to watch. People may be surprised to know that making a short film is very difficult, but these filmmakers have all succeeded in realising their visions and I congratulate them on this achievement.”
The winner will receive $500,000 to create original online content with the help of Scott Free Productions and actor Michael Fassbender acting as executive producers.
Airline Emirates will fly the top ten to Dubai for a series of events celebrating their achievements before flying to Venice.
The top ten films and film-makers are:
88:88, Joey Ciccoline & Sean Wilson (USA)
Bat Eyes, Damien Power (Australia)
Cine Rincao, Fernando Grostein Andrade & Fernanda Fernandes (Brazil)
The Drought, Kevin Slack (USA)
El General, Diego Pino Zamora (Bolivia)
The Guilt, David Victori Blaya (Spain)
North Atlantic, Bernardo Nascimento (United Kingdom)
Super.Full., Niam Itani (Lebanon)
Scruples, Adrian Powers (Australia)
This Time, Ramy EL-Gabry (Egypt)