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YouTube and HP team up for Project Direct competition

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 01 Oct 2007 19:22 User comments (2)

YouTube and HP team up for Project Direct competition Google Inc.'s video sharing giant YouTube has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard (HP) to bring a competition to amateur video makers. User shave to submit films between two and seven minutes in length. A total of 20 finalists will be chosen by Jason Reitman, director of Thank You For Smoking, and the overall winner will be decided by YouTube users.
There are a couple of interesting requirements being asked for however. Firstly, a character in the video must face a situation "above his or her maturity level," and a line must be included in the dialogue: "I demand an explanation for these shenanigans. What do you have to say?". A scene must also include one character passing a photograph to another.

The contest runs from October 7th to November 9th, and is available for users in Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. "While we wish we could include residents of all countries in Project Direct, many countries have different laws about running contests and we weren't able to devise a contest with rules that are fair and work the same for everyone around the world," a YouTube spokesperson said of the seven country limitation.

The winner will travel to a major international film festival where he or she will attend surprise industry events, meet with executives from Fox Searchlight Pictures, and show the winning film at a private event. The winning short broadcast will also be featured on the home page of YouTube in countries all over the world, and the winner will receive a $5000 debit card.

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2 user comments

14.10.2007 21:59

It's always good to hear about oppertubities given to young film makers. Well done HP and Google.

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