The YouTube Space has certainly been busy recently: the LA production facility has played host to an Oprah Production and a Kevin Spacey-hosted film competition. Now a new partnership between YouTube and Legendary Entertainment will bring famed director Guillermo Del Toro to the space to advise YouTube creators in creating short horror films. The films are part of a contest jointly hosted by YouTube and Legendary in honor of Halloween.
Creators from around the world who are eligible to use their local YouTube space will be invited to participate. Participating creators will create short horror films using the facilities and equipment that YouTube provides to all of its qualified creators at its YouTube spaces. Participating creators will also have access to Del Toro, the acclaimed director behind disturbing hits like “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Mama.” The event will double as promotion for Del Toro’s latest foray into the horror genre, “Crimson Peak” which will be released in mid-October.
The finished films will be streamed via the YouTube Space’s dedicated YouTube channel and will also receive promotion via Legendary Entertainment’s various social media channels. The winning film will be selected by Del Toro himself, with the winner earning the chance to develop either a digital series or feature length film with Legendary Entertainment.
This contest is the latest special event to highlight the production and streaming capabilities of the YouTube spaces as well as YouTube’s growing network of high profile Hollywood connections. The Spaces are a key part of YouTube’s effort to tangibly support the creator community that drives the platform. Currently, YouTube Creator Spaces exist in Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo with a new facility scheduled to open in New York later this year. The contest will double as a chance for East Coast creators to get a first look at the New York facility before it officially opens its doors in November.
Finished films are due by October 27th any YouTube creator who is eligible to use their local YouTube Space is eligible to participate.