Technology giant Philips has announced a new global filmmaking competition, aimed at finding the next Ridley Scott.

The competition giving aspiring filmmakers the chance to have an original work judged by one of the world's greatest film directors -- Sir Ridley Scott, director of Hollywood blockbusters including Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982) and Gladiator (2000).

The competition, called 'Tell It Your Way', will also give one lucky winner the chance to gain a week's work experience at Ridley Scott Associates (RSA) offices in Los Angeles, New York, London or Hong Kong.

The contest involves creating an original short film to accompany Philips' Parallel Lines series of short films, directed by RSA talents, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, Jake Scott and Hi-Sim. The five short films, released on the Philips website are part of a cinematic project, which saw each create a film in a different genre, with a different storyline, but all following the same dialogue.

Blade Runner

The Parallel Lines films are designed bring to life and promote the cinematic capabilities of Philips TVs, including what the company calls unique Ambilight technology, along with award-winning picture quality and sound, promising a cinematic interpretation of the campaign idea: "There are millions of ways to tell a story. There's only one way to watch one."

"I'm delighted to be involved with a project which supports aspiring directors and I'm looking forward to seeing how the entrants interpret the single dialogue brief," said Sir Ridley Scott promoting the competition. Competition entries are open to anyone globally and should be submitted via the official Philips Cinema YouTube channel.

Entries close at midnight 8th August 2010.  Three rounds of judging will be held including public voting via YouTube. Finalists will be judged on criteria including creative storytelling, use of dialogue, and technical achievement. The top ten finalists will be selected by RSA directors and British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) Chairman, David Parfitt. The overall winner will be selected from the top five finalists by Sir Ridley Scott himself.

Runners up prize packages include an invitation to an RSA film premiere in London or New York including travel, accommodation; and a number of Philips Cinema 21:9 televisions. Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found on the Philips website.