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Here’s your chance to be a Hollywood producer.

Four Brooklyn filmmakers have reached the semifinals of a $350,000 movie-making contest that could turn their cinematic dreams into silver-screen realities — but before these movies lovers can collect the cash, they need your help.

Urgently.

Of the 10 semifinalists, only the five filmmakers who receive the most votes on the Netflix-sponsored “Find Your Voice” contest will have a chance to win the money — and so far all four Brooklynites are trailing.

Williamsburg resident Ivan Hurzeler and his screenwriting fiancée Cami Delavigne would use the prize money to create their first feature-length film, “Church,” a drama that tells the story of a Christian pastor pondering the not-so-Christian act of murder.

“Making that film is my life’s work,” said Hurzeler, currently in ninth place. “This film represents my values, my hopes, and my dreams.”

In order to prove he’s got what it takes to make a great movie, Hurzeler spent his life savings making a bittersweet vignette based on a real-life sex-tape scandal that earned him a spot in the Netflix contest.

Meanwhile, Park Slope resident Eric Lin hopes to win the cash with a scene from his drama “Why We Pull the Trigger,” which tells the story of a Sunset Park man who becomes involved in an underground organ-selling ring in an attempt to pay for his mother’s cancer treatment. Sounds fun.

“It’s a film that asks a lot of hard questions,” said Lin, currently in eighth place. “And it’s a film that’s going to be tough to make if we have to go through any kind of traditional financing routes.”

Fellow Sloper Sasie Sealy — currently in seventh place — also needs to win the contest in order to be able to afford to make “Sarahn_12,” a murder mystery that explores the gray area between our lives in the real world and our lives online.

Maryam Keshavarz — also a Park Slope resident — entered a short film about youth and sexuality in Argentina, which she hopes will win her the cash she’ll need to create “Circumstan­ce,” a movie about Iranian youth fighting for freedom of expression.

“With what’s going on in Iran right now it’s very important that we support young people who are trying to create change,” said Keshavarz, currently in last place.

Vote at www.netflixfindyourvoice.com before July 5.

Updated 5:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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