Guillermo del Toro is already known for mentoring talents such as Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) and Andy Muschietti (Mama), and is now getting involved in a new contest that's part of a partnership between his own filmmaking home, Legendary Pictures, and YouTube.
According to Variety, YouTube Space House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween will find Del Toro advising budding filmmakers as they create short horror films and vie for a development deal with Legendary.
Starting Sept. 22, anyone with a YouTube channel who is part of the YouTube Partner Program and has at least 10,000 subscribers will get the chance to make their movie in one of YouTube's own production locations, dubbed YouTube Spaces.
Each location -- there are Spaces currently located in Los Angeles, Tokyo and London -- will contain sets inspired by del Toro's own upcoming film, Crimson Peak, including a spooky staircase, a haunted garden, a room filled with occult objects, a cramped attic ... you get the idea. All the rooms are designed to connect and make up the entire house.
The filmmakers will use the production facility and all its cameras and editing equipment for free. Del Toro will choose the scariest ones from each location and offer personal consultation to each filmmaker on how to make his or her short even more terrifying.
The deadline for entries is Oct. 27, and once each film is completed, the creator will stream it on their own personal channel, as well as channels provided by YouTube and Legendary. The eventual winner will get the opportunity to develop the short into a digital series or feature-length film through Legendary.
Del Toro said in a statement:
“I think it is important to find new voices in the genre. Horror is such a unique way to express yourself at the most revealing, intimate levels -- it can come from anywhere: domestic stories, historical research, the world news -- it surrounds us and speaks through us. This is a great channel to see reveal fresh perspectives. Legendary’s Halloween and YouTube are perfect homes for them.”
Now, of course, this is all part of long-range marketing for Crimson Peak (which is out Oct. 16, 2015), but it's still kind of cool that a contest like this, with the guidance of a master of genre filmmaking, could very well lead to the discovery of a new major talent in horror filmmaking.
So if you've got an idea for a short film, a YouTube channel and the subscribers, and can get to one of those YouTube Spaces, now's your chance!