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2014 Winners:

Tim Wen and Chidi Onyejuruwa: Symphony of Senses

Watch the three final videos in the playlist below


 
SEMI-FINALISTS' VIDEOS

In alphabetical order:

 

 

SEMI-FINALISTS

  • Laura Anderson & Julie Michaels
    • Last Writes
  • Jennifer Brofer&Alan Pietruszewski
    • The Interlude
  • Michael Burke & Ian Wagner
    • Simple Math
  • Nathan Ellis
    • Safe Passage
  • Bobby B. Grubic
    • The Parting Shot
  • Mario Lavin
    • Strife
  • Tim Wen & Chidi Onyejuruwa
    • Unexpected Arrival
  • Alvaro Ron
    • To Kill Or Not To Kill
  • Patrick Wolf & Greg Strasz
    • Broken
  • AJ Vargas
    • Song

*Reminder: Per the Rules of the competition, you may not distribute, use or otherwise publicly display your Entry until August 19, 2014.




PRODUCTION PERIOD ASSIGNMENT BRIEF

 

To avoid disqualification, it is recommended that you closely review the Official Rules & Regulations for Make Your Mark – A Short Film Competition Presented by the Producers Guild of America and Cadillac. Please ensure that you adhere to all guidelines and specific requirements detailed (in particular, Section 7) prior to submitting your film and forms.

 


 

MAKE YOUR MARK, a Short Film Competition Presented by the Producers Guild of America and Cadillac, is characterized by a specific assignment, requiring films to include certain story and thematic elements. The degree to which each film organically incorporates the elements of the assignment will dictate judges’ evaluation of the films’ EXECUTION OF ASSIGNMENT.

The PGA and Cadillac are pleased to honor producer Saul Zaentz in this competition.

"Passion is [the] immeasurable, indescribable factor that separates movie from movie. Passion moves freely across borders, speaks every language and flourishes in every culture. The movement of passion is the most gratifying satisfaction in any moviemaker's life. This happens when you see and hear people all over the world share their laughter, their crying and their sudden gasps at identical screen moments.”

-- Saul Zaentz

 

Drawing on the spirit of Saul Zaentz’s words above and the signature elements of his filmography, this phase of MAKE YOUR MARK will tap into the power of passion in storytelling. Your short film must incorporate the following specifics:

Setting (choose one)

· Cocktail Party

· War Time Era

Elements/Props (choose three of five; one element must play a significant role within the story)

· sheet music

· stick of gum

· ice

· camera/photographs

· passport

Theme (choose one)

1) Passion as Conviction: In Zaentz’s films, a character’s passion often places them at odds with authority, be it political (The Unbearable Lightness of Being), cultural (Amadeus) or institutional (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). Typically, this action alters and enriches the world of the characters, though often at great personal cost.

2) Passion as Genius/Obsession: Characters in Zaentz’s films are often possessed of extraordinary skills or charisma, which they employ in the driven pursuit of a larger or exalted goal. Consider the missionaries of At Play in the Fields of the Lord, the lovers of The English Patient, Allie Fox in The Mosquito Coast and the central pairing of Amadeus. (Salieri may not have a genius for music, but he surely has one for vengeance!) Often, Zaentz’s stories turn on the fine line between passion and obsession.

Vehicle integration is not mandatory. If a vehicle is represented, it must be either a Cadillac or an un-badged/generic vehicle. Drinking and driving must not be represented.

 

Good luck!

For Submissions Support:
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Are you up for a challenge?

Clear the Weekend ofJune 27-29thto make a 3-5 minute film!

You and your work could be highlighted in a TV spot on the 2015 Academy Awards®

Registration Deadline is Wednesday June 25th
Entries are limited to 500!

 

  • MAKE YOUR MARK, a Short Film Competition Presented by the Producers Guild of America and Cadillac, is an epic enhancement of the annual PGA Weekend Shorts Challenge.

  • Producers, regardless of experience, are invited to participate and need not be a member of the PGA to enter.*

  • All entrants will be provided the same assignment and will have exactly 51 hours to make and submit a film.
    This year’s competition will honor prolific producer Saul Zaentz and the competition requirements will be posted on www.MakeYourMarkCompetition.com commencing at 5:00PM EDT/ 2:00PM PDT on Friday June 27, 2014. All short films must then be completed and uploaded by 8:00PM EDT/ 5:00PM PDT on June 29, 2014. Please note: Previously produced materials will not be allowed.

  • From all submissions, ten (10) Semi-Finalists will be chosen who will then compete for the opportunity to be one of the three (3) Finalists.

  • Each of the Top Three (3) Finalists will receive a $30,000 production budget along with additional resources, plus up to $3,000 to cover travel and accommodations to Los Angeles (if applicable) where they will create a new short film for the final phase of the contest. A notable PGA producer will mentor each filmmaker during this part of the filmmaking process.

  • The final winning producer’s work will be highlighted in a :30 Cadillac TV spot (and the producer credited by name) airing on the world’s greatest night dedicated to filmmaking – the ABC telecast of the 2015 Academy Awards®.

Make Your Mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW4z9cFRHEM

Films entered in MAKE YOUR MARK, a Short Film Competition Presented by the Producers Guild of America and Cadillacwill be evaluated by celebrity judges and top PGA producers, including:

Kathy Bates Danny DeVito Michael Douglas
courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios

Hawk Koch Gary Lucchesi Lori McCreary Chris Moore




- Judges Page

Watch an exclusive video Filmmaker Magazine posted of Michael Douglas speaking about the program here:

http://filmmakermagazine.com/85808-michael-douglas-hails-saul-zaentz-for-the-make-your-mark-competition/#.U5dQRF40c7c
The Top Three (3) Finalists selected in the MAKE YOUR MARK, a Short Film Competition Presented by the Producers Guild of America and Cadillac will be mentored by:

Bruce Cohen

Gale Anne Hurd

Peter Saraf




- Prizes Page

*The competition is open to all producers 18 years of age or older and legal residents of any of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (except residents of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, and North Dakota).


SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

  • Laura Anderson & Julie Michaels
    • Last Writes
  • Jennifer Brofer&Alan Pietruszewski
    • The Interlude
  • Michael Burke & Ian Wagner
    • Simple Math
  • Nathan Ellis
    • Safe Passage
  • Bobby Grubic
    • The Parting Shot
  • Mario Lavin
    • Strife
  • Chidi Onyejuruwa & Tim Wen
    • Unexpected Arrival
  • Alvaro Ron
    • To Kill Or Not To Kill
  • Greg Strasz & Patrick Wolf
    • Broken
  • AJ Vargas
    • Song

*Reminder: Per the Rules of the competition, you may not distribute, use or otherwise publicly display your Entry until August 19, 2014.

SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

  • Laura Anderson & Julie Michaels
    • Last Writes
  • Jennifer Brofer&Alan Pietruszewski
    • The Interlude
  • Michael Burke & Ian Wagner
    • Simple Math
  • Nathan Ellis
    • Safe Passage
  • Bobby Grubic
    • The Parting Shot
  • Mario Lavin
    • Strife
  • Chidi Onyejuruwa & Tim Wen
    • Unexpected Arrival
  • Alvaro Ron
    • To Kill Or Not To Kill
  • Greg Strasz & Patrick Wolf
    • Broken
  • AJ Vargas
    • Song

*Reminder: Per the Rules of the competition, you may not distribute, use or otherwise publicly display your Entry until August 19, 2014.

SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

  • Laura Anderson & Julie Michaels
    • Last Writes
  • Jennifer Brofer&Alan Pietruszewski
    • The Interlude
  • Michael Burke & Ian Wagner
    • Simple Math
  • Nathan Ellis
    • Safe Passage
  • Bobby Grubic
    • The Parting Shot
  • Mario Lavin
    • Strife
  • Chidi Onyejuruwa & Tim Wen
    • Unexpected Arrival
  • Alvaro Ron
    • To Kill Or Not To Kill
  • Greg Strasz & Patrick Wolf
    • Broken
  • AJ Vargas
    • Song

*Reminder: Per the Rules of the competition, you may not distribute, use or otherwise publicly display your Entry until August 19, 2014.

SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

  • Laura Anderson & Julie Michaels
    • Last Writes
  • Jennifer Brofer&Alan Pietruszewski
    • The Interlude
  • Michael Burke & Ian Wagner
    • Simple Math
  • Nathan Ellis
    • Safe Passage
  • Bobby Grubic
    • The Parting Shot
  • Mario Lavin
    • Strife
  • Chidi Onyejuruwa & Tim Wen
    • Unexpected Arrival
  • Alvaro Ron
    • To Kill Or Not To Kill
  • Greg Strasz & Patrick Wolf
    • Broken
  • AJ Vargas
    • Song

*Reminder: Per the Rules of the competition, you may not distribute, use or otherwise publicly display your Entry until August 19, 2014.

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