Hostel director Eli Roth has launched a Vine contest online to scare up new international talent, with the grand prize winner getting a shot at developing an original idea with Roth and Chronicle/The Blacklist producers Davis Entertainment. “I wanted to create a global contest that anyone with a smart phone can enter,” he said Wednesday. “You don’t need a big budget or stars or makeup effects, and with the time limit you have to be creative. It’s not about being over the top or looking professional, whoever comes up with the most creative six second scare wins.”
Entries posted to Vine in the #6SecondScare contest will be judged by Roth, Rob Lowe, Kid Cudi, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Hudgens, and Quentin Tarantino, and winners will be announced on Halloween during Roth’s all-night horror marathon at Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema. “It doesn’t matter if you’re from Iowa or Iceland, Brazil or Brussels, if you make a short on your phone for the #SixSecondScare we will see it. I remember the feeling of being 22 with a short film, dying to get anyone in the industry to watch it — that’s all you want when you’re starting out, and now we’re able to give anyone with a dream of directing that chance,” said Roth.
This is the latest online venture for Roth, who’s hosting the contest via his digital media network The Crypt. Roth is a frequent shepherd of rising behind-the-camera talent, having served as producer or exec producer on Daniel Stamm’s The Last Exorcism, Nicolás López’s Aftershock, RZA’s The Man With The Iron Fists, Ti West’s The Sacrament, Jessica Chandler’s Lake Mead, and Guillermo Amoedo’s The Stranger. He most recently directed horror feature Knock Knock and has The Green Inferno awaiting release, both of which were made in Chile through the “Chilewood” venture he’s partnered with.
Here’s Roth’s six-second Vine contest-launcher: