Impress Guillermo Del Toro and one YouTuber might have a shot at a development deal with Legendary Entertainment.
Legendary and Del Toro are collaborating with YouTube in creating a short horror film contest in which YouTubers can make a film using sets provided by YouTube, with the ultimate prize of winning a development deal with Legendary. Variety was the first to report the news.
According to Variety, starting Sept. 22, entrants who participate in the YouTube Partner Program and have channels on YouTube with at least 10,000 subscribers will be able to produce their horror films using sets and equipment provided by YouTube Spaces, which are located in Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo, for free. Each set is inspired by Del Toro’s films and Gothic aesthetics.
Videos can be viewed from Oct. 21 to Oct. 31 on the creators’ channels, the YouTube Spaces channel, Legendary Entertainment’s channel and on various social media platforms, and Del Toro will choose the top videos out of each region to consult with the filmmakers of each video. Entrants have until Oct. 27 to enter their films, so there’s time to think of something more horrific than The Strain’s worm-eye poster.
In a video for the contest, Del Toro talks about his upcoming film, Crimson Peak, and introduces the horror film contest, which he says “can renew the voices in the genre.”