Vote for a Semi-Finalist in YouTube's Film Festival!

"Sold", about a young journalist who is inadvertently captured into a human trafficking ring, has a mostly Latino cast

By John Irwin
Published on LatinoLA: June 22, 2012

Vote for a Semi-Finalist in YouTube's Film Festival!

I'm a filmmaker in Los Angeles and am really excited that my film "Sold" was chosen as a semi-finalist out of over 15,000 submissions for Ridley Scott's "Your Film Festival" - voteforsold.com

If our film "Sold" is voted by the public into the top 10, I'll be flown to Venice, Italy to open the Venice International Film Festival with my film! Even more amazing, if 'Sold' wins, Scott Free Productions will award a $500,000 grant to make my dream movie with Ridley Scott!

"Sold" is about a young journalist who is inadvertently captured into a human trafficking ring while investigating the treatment of undocumented immigrants in America.

This competition is another fascinating look at how Scott Free productions has been able to use YouTube to gain more exposure for filmmakers. I'm thrilled by the prospect of going to Venice Film Festival as a filmmaker but also to use this film as an opportunity to spurn discussions about the topic of human trafficking and to gain exposure for the cause against it.

PLEASE VOTE! The link people can use to watch the film and vote is:

The link will take you directly to the film where you can click the red "VOTE" button to the right. Voting ends on July 13th and people are allowed to vote once a day. You may need to click the "CC" button in the bottom right to disable captions which TouTube puts up automatically.

The short stars Fernanda Romero (Without Men, The Eye), Maria Elena Laas (Pastor Shepherd, The Hot Chick), Hector Jimenez (Sin Nombre, Nacho Libre), Jesse Garcia (Quincea??era, Under the Same Moon), Maria Olsen (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You, O, Independence Day), David Alan Graf, Ashley Sawyer, Wilmer Calderon, Rey Borge and Carmen Corral.

"Sold" has screened at the Austin Film Festival, Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, the HBO NY Latino Film Festival, the Reel Rasquache film festival among others.

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