The ten films with the most votes will be named as finalists, and the filmmakers flown to this year’s Venice Film Festival for the announcement of the winner, who lands a $500k deal from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company. The Venice jury will be helmed by Michael Fassbender. Scott Free whittled down the 15,000 submissions from 160 countries to the 50 semi-finalists. Damien is one of three filmmakers with two films in competition.
BAT EYES and BOOT were produced by Bec Cubitt as part of The Voices Project, for Australian Theatre for Young People. The films were adapted from original theatrical monologues by Sydney-based playwrights Jessica Bellamy and Joanna Erskine, and were shot back-to-back in Sydney in December 2011 in just three days, using mostly the same crew for both shoots, and casts of young actors from the ATYP ranks. They were launched in March 2012 by Rose Byrne, who has just become an ATYP Ambassador, posted online and have so far been viewed over 60,000 times.