Reitman's YouTube attachment


NEW YORK -- Google's YouTube will hold a short film contest that will be judged in part by director Jason Reitman.

The Hewlett-Packard-sponsored competition, dubbed Project Direct, will start on Oct. 7 and will be accepting entries until Nov. 9. The videos must be between two and seven minutes in length and feature a character facing "a situation above his or her maturity level," among other guidelines.

Reitman, director of the 2005 Fox Searchlight release "Thank You For Smoking" and the upcoming Searchlight film "Juno," will judge the initial entries along with a panel and will narrow the field down to 20 videos. The YouTube community will then vote on a winner, which will be revealed on Dec. 5.

The winner will spend nine days at a "top international film festival" where they will meet with Fox Searchlight executives. He or she also will receive a $5,000 debit card and have the video played on YouTube's homepage.

The competition is open to residents of the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Canada, France, Italy and Spain, and the videos must be in English or have English subtitles.