Vancouver Film School And YouTube Team Up To Offer International Scholarship Competition



    Artists Worldwide to Compete for Scholarships to Renowned
    Entertainment Arts School; YouTube Community to Pick Winners

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    VANCOUVER and SAN BRUNO, CA, March 18 /CNW/ - Vancouver Film School,
Canada's premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, and
YouTube(TM), the leading online video community that allows people to
discover, watch and share originally-created videos, today announced the
Vancouver Film School (VFS)/ YouTube "What Matters to You" Scholarship
Competition. People from around the world will have the opportunity to share
their film, animation, or creative pitch in a 3-minute video to win a
full-tuition scholarship.
    Artists from the 19 regions where YouTube has local sites will be
eligible to submit their original videos from March 18 to May 9. VFS will then
narrow the field to 10 finalists. Between May 20 and May 27, the YouTube
community will vote to pick 3 winners. On May 30, the winners will be
announced and will receive scholarships to VFS worth from $17,000 up to
$52,750.
    Launched in October 2006, the VFS YouTube Channel
(<a href="http://youtube.com/vancouverfilmschool">youtube.com/vancouverfilmschool</a>) has over 18,000 subscribers and is the most
subscribed school Channel on YouTube.
    "The goal of the VFS Channel on YouTube is twofold: to entertain the
world and to show it what our students can do. We've had phenomenal response
from YouTube viewers; they want to know how to come to VFS and we want to help
them get here," said Stephen Webster, Director of Marketing at VFS. "We're
very excited to reach across the globe, find the best talent it has to offer,
and put that talent in an environment where its potential can be realized."
    "A growing number of emerging filmmakers and artists are channeling their
creativity to YouTube, building an audience, and generating interest in their
work," said Sara Pollack, community manager for film, YouTube. "We are excited
to partner with VFS to offer a few members of the YouTube community this
incredible opportunity to share their creativity with the world and vie for a
scholarship in the process."
    The three scholarship recipients chosen by the YouTube community will be
able to attend any of the 14 entertainment arts programs VFS offers. Along
with the school's long-standing reputation as a leader in the fields of
animation and film, VFS offers world-class programs in disciplines such as
makeup, acting, writing, sound design, digital design, game design, and
entertainment business management.

    Conference Call & Live Webcast

    On March 18, 2008, at 9:30am PST/12:30pm EST/4:30PM UTC/GMT, Stephen
Webster (Director of Marketing, VFS), Marty Hasselbach (Managing Director of
VFS), and Sara Pollack (Community Manager for Film, YouTube) will be available
to media by conference call.

    Live-Call Audience Dial-In Numbers:
    1.800.594.3790 (in North America)
    +1 604.677.8677 (everywhere else)

    To listen to a live webcast of the conference call, please visit
    <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=2200000">www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=2200000</a>.

    VFS/YouTube Scholarship Competition Details

    Entries can be up to 3 minutes long and must be a film, animation, or
creative pitch on the theme "What Matters to You." The competition is open to
residents of 19 regions where YouTube has local sites, including the United
States, Germany, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand,
Spain, Mexico, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, the Netherlands, Brazil,
Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Competition entrants must be 16 years or older
and be legal residents of one of the regions listed above.
    Winners of the VFS/YouTube "What Matters to You" Scholarship Competition
must successfully fulfill all VFS admission requirements prior to commencing
their studies and must begin attending no later than April 2011 (based on
availability in selected program of entry). For more information on these
requirements, visit vfs.com/admissions.
    For more information about VFS and the scholarship competition, including
a full media kit, visit whatmatters.vfs.com/media.

    About VFS

    Vancouver Film School is Canada's premier post-secondary entertainment
arts institution and one of the most distinguished in the world. Its 14
production-oriented programs span one year or less and cover all aspects of
visual media, from Animation & Visual Effects to Film Production to Game
Design to Sound Design. Practicing industry professionals guide students as
they create the professional-quality reels and portfolios that get them
noticed on the global stage.

    About YouTube

    YouTube is the world's most popular online video community allowing
millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos.
YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others
across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content
creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube, LLC is based in San Bruno,
Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: YouTube: Victoria Katsarou,
press@youtube.com; Vancouver Film School: Alice Zhou, alice@vfs.com, (604)
685-5808 or toll free in North America 1-800-661-4101

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