Ridley Scott helms YouTube competition for documentary

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hollywood directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald will pull together video from YouTube users for a documentary that captures for future generations the global community in one day, YouTube said on Wednesday.

The documentary, called “Life in a Day,” will select footage from 20 people around the world who capture moments of their daily lives on July 24. They will be credited as co-directors on the film and flown to its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival held in January.

Macdonald, who made critically-acclaimed “The Last King of Scotland,” will direct the feature-length documentary and Scott, who helmed Oscar-winning “Gladiator” and a host of hits such as “Blade Runner,” “Alien,” and “Thelma & Louise,” will produce.

Macdonald’s documentary, “One Day in September,” about Israeli athletes taken hostage at the 1972 Munich Olympics, won the Oscar for best documentary in 2000.

“‘Life in a Day’ is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010,” Macdonald said in a statement. “It is a unique experiment in social filmmaking, and what better way to gather a limitless array of footage than to engage the world’s online community.”

To participate, YouTube users must upload their footage to

The film is the latest venture between YouTube and groups working in arts and entertainment. Last month the prestigious Guggenheim museums launched a competition that will exhibit the most creative online videos submitted from YouTube users.

Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Bob Tourtellotte