Six Aus films selected for semi-finals of Your Film Festival

Six Australian short films have been selected for the semi-finals of the Ridley Scott-supported Your Film Festival.

Kiss, Bat Eyes, Good Pretender, Boot, Scruples, and The Telegram Man were among the 50 short films selected from more than 15,000 entries. New Zealand semi-finalists included Das Tub, Ebony Society and Dr Grordbort presents: The Deadliest Game.

A worldwide audience will now vote for the finalists on YouTube: 10 storytellers will then be sent to the 2012 Venice Film Festival where a grand prize winner will be rewarded with a $500,000 grant to create a new work, produced by Ridley Scott and his team, including actor Michael Fassbender. All of the semi-finalist entries can be viewed on at the Your Film Festival site – votes close on July 13.

Meanwhile, Western Australian production company Prospero Productions recently won four awards at the Prestige Film Award in Eureka, California, The gold award-winning documentaries included Ned's Head, SAS: The Search for Warriors, and The Man Who Jumped. The silver Prestige Award was presented to Dino Stampede.