YouTube announced the results of Project Direct, the company’s first ever international film competition sponsored by HP. Hundreds of talented filmmakers entered the contest and award-winning director, Jason Reitman, along with a panel of experts from Fox Searchlight, helped choose 20 finalists. The YouTube community then voted and selected their favorite films.
Adriana FalcÃ£o of Brazil won the competition for “Lacos.” As the grand prize winner, FalcÃ£o will spend nine days as a guest of HP at a major international film festival, will meet with Fox Searchlight Pictures production executives, will receive a $5,000 debit card and have her video played on the YouTube homepage in seven countries. Second place winner from the United States, Jacob Lewis, will receive a $5,000 debit card for his film “Gone in a Flash.” Additionally, third place winner, America’s Ben Shelton, will receive a $2,500 debit card for his film “My Name Is Lisa.”
Audiences can view the winning films and additional contest entries in a dedicated Project Direct gallery at www.youtube.com/projectdirectgallery. The gallery launches December 12, 2007 and will exist indefinitely to highlight the exceptional films that were submitted to the contest.
Originally posted on December 5, 2007 @ 11:28 am