YouTube and Emirates, in partnership with La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Film Festival) and Scott Free, announced today the 50 semi-finalists for Your Film Festival – a global competition to find the world’s best storytellers.

Scott Free had the difficult task of narrowing down more than 15,000 submissions and the 50 semi-finalists from more than 160 countries across the globe are listed below. It is now up to the YouTube community to view and vote on the semi-finalists at youtube.com/yourfilmfestival thus helping decide which 10 filmmakers will attend the Venice Film Festival and complete for the $500,000 grand-prize.

Content creators around the world were asked to submit a 15-minute, story-driven video of any format, style and genre. Submissions came from all over the world and the semi-finalists reflect the global reach of the festival. The ten finalists will travel to Italy, where their work will screen at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in August. A grand-prize winner will then be named by a special jury, which includes Sir Ridley Scott and acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender, and awarded a $500,000 YouTube original production grant to work with Scott Free.

Starting today and through July 16 the entire YouTube community will be able to view and vote on the selection of films at youtube.com/yourfilmfestival.