Guillermo del Toro, in partnership with Legendary, has announced that they will be taking pitches for horror movies from YouTube creators. The requirements to enter are super steep: you need to have a YouTube channel with over 10k subscribers and be a YouTube Partner. This will likely exclude 99% of people who would want to enter. But the quality of submissions should be very high, which is likely what Legendary is looking for. Two elite YouTube filmmakers who I think could dominate his contest are Ryan Connolly of Film Riot and Freddie Wong of Rocket Jump.
Details via Legendary:
YouTube creators will have the opportunity to create original videos on terrifying cinematic sets inspired by Guillermo del Toro at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London,Tokyo and New York, as part of a special global programming event on YouTube.
From September 22 – October 28, 2014, YouTube creators will write, shoot and edit their scariest videos at the YouTube Spaces. As well as appearing on individual creator channels, all content will appear on the YouTube Spaces channel, the official Legendary YouTube channel and promoted through social media platforms. Videos are slated to go live between October 21 and Halloween.
In celebration of his return to horror with the upcoming Crimson Peak, master of ceremonies, Guillermo del Toro, will select his scariest videos to come out of each region and provide a personal rough-cut creative consultation with the creators.
The program’s finale will see Legendary offer one lucky YouTube creator a development deal to realize the full potential of their idea.
The effort is part of YouTube Spaces’ tent-pole programming initiative that furthers the Spaces’ mission to bring together the most creative people in the world around celebrated cultural events