Stay tuned for updates on the 2014 competition...
2013 Weekend Shorts Winners!
1st Place - LES BOUFFONS
2nd Place - THE LIST
3rd Place - THE JEWEL HEIST
View all of the winners and finalists on the 2013 WSC Playlist:
Congratulations to all of the winner and finalists!!
A HARD DATE’S NIGHT
- PRODUCED BY: CM SCHWARTZY
& ANDY PAGANA; Directed by: Orson Speilcock III,
Written By: CM
Schwartz & Andy Pagana; Cast: CM Schwartz, Andy Pagana,
Bailey Borders, Rachele Brooke Smith, Cody Johns
A PERFECT PAIR - PRODUCED BY: BRIDGET
COILA; Directed by: Justin Mapes; Written
By: Adaeze Diana Obiako & Bridget Coila; Cast:
Tiffany McEvers, Matt Standley,
MISS TAYLOR - PRODUCED BY: COURTNEY JINES, ALEXANDRE MARTINS; Directed
by: Alexandre Martins
Written By: Courtney Jines; Cast:
Maclean Ulrick, Taylor Gordon
SHOTS - PRODUCED BY: NATHAN ELLIS; Directed by: Nathan Ellis;
Written By: Alan Pietruszewski,
Co-Written by Nathan Ellis and Blaine Gray; Cast: Alan Pietruszewski, Blaine Gray, Randall
Barnett, Kelli Seri, Julia Parker
BOUFFONS - PRODUCED BY: JASON SCHULZ, MELISSA RICCI, CHRIS DANE OWENS and MATT BERLOWE Directed
by: Jason Schulz; Written By: Jason Schulz, Melissa
Ricci, Ryan Sterling, Chris Owens; Cast:
Melissa Ricci, Ryan Sterling
RED MEANS GO - PRODUCED BY: SHAUN RAAD; Directed
by: Jason Letkiewicz; Written By: Shawn Raad;
Boseman, Yvonne Cristovici, Laura
- PRODUCED BY: EYAL ALONY, GRACE FEENEY; Directed
by: Adam Rosenbaum; Written By: Eyal Alony;
Steve Brewster, Grace Feeney, Wesam
JEWEL HEIST - PRODUCED BY: CHRISTIN MIZELLE, ETHAN CUSHING; Directed
by: Bryan Nest;
Chris Wiltz; Cast:
Will Daniels, Tate Hanyok, Jason Whisman, Make Danner, Cory Roberts,
Ben Cornish, Mike Connolly, Aseem Tiweari
LIST - PRODUCED BY: BEN SIMMS, TYLER KNOWLES, DEREK
HILDEBRANDT; Directed by: Ben Simms;
By: "Team Awesome”; Cast:
Lander Yeoman, Gina Comparetto, Lindsey Shuberth
THE SQUEEZE - PRODUCED BY: MICHAEL A.
BINA, AMIR MIRFAKHRAI, SHAWN SHEKARCHIAN; Directed
by: Shawn Shekarchian; Written By: Michael A. Bina & Shawn Shekarchian; Cast:
Johan Farahmand, Sophie Himmel,
Josh Krohn, Michael Moskewicz
----------------------------------------The 10 Finalists for the 2013 Weekend Shorts Challenge have been selected! The finalists screenings and Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 9th at the AT&T Center in Downtown Los Angeles.
View Event and Ticket information here: http://www.newfilmmakersla.com/events/event/3rd-annual-pga-weekend-shorts-challenge/
The week after the event, all finalists and winners will be announced on ProducersGuild.org.
2013 Weekend Shorts Assignment
Each iteration of the PRODUCERS GUILD WEEKEND SHORTS CONTEST 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.
For the 2013 contest, held in honor of producer Laura Ziskin, the elements of the assignment are as follows:
Genre: ROMANTIC COMEDY
Two of Laura Ziskin’s signature films, Pretty Woman and Murphy’s Romance, are archetypal romantic comedies, while many of her other films (including As Good as it Gets, Hero and To Die For) include RomCom elements, often filtered through a darker or more complicated sensibility.
Setting: RESTAURANT or CAR
Many of Laura’s films feature memorable scenes set in restaurants (e.g., As Good as it Gets, Spider-Man 2) or cars (e.g., No Way Out, Pretty Woman). Films are not required to take place exclusively within a restaurant or car but the main action of the film must take place in one of these settings.
Story Elements: a BOUQUET OF FLOWERS, a SPIDER, a NECKTIE, a CREDIT CARD, an AMERICAN FLAG
Each of these objects has played a key role in one of Laura’s films. Entries in the contest must include at least three of these items in some fashion. Furthermore, at least one of the items must have a central or important function in the story.
Theme/Motif: Films must utilize one of the following motifs or themes:
AN UNLIKELY COUPLE
Laura’s films frequently paired dynamic, magnetic or ambitious women with male counterparts who were reticent or withdrawn, and even in some cases outright misanthropic or anti-social.
HEROES OR ANTI-HEROES?
Characters in Laura’s films often maintain our sympathy (and even complicity) despite making choices that are evidently selfish, manipulative or destructive, requiring us to (re)consider the nature of our attachment to and investment in these figures and their stories.
The Producers Guild has got a challenge for you. Make a film – write, shoot and edit it – in two days. The 3rd Annual Weekend Shorts Challenge takes place September 6-8, 2013.
Support for your submissions. If you require assistance with submitting to PRODUCERS GUILD Weekend Shorts Challenge or have questions about using Withoutabox, please contact the dedicated Filmmaker Support Team. Filmmaker Support can be reached via the Help Desk form found here: http://www.imdb.com/helpdesk/wabsupport
Got questions? Please see the FAQ page. If, and only if, you do not find your answer there, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations, you now know what you're going to be doing over the weekend of September 6-8. Start getting your team together now; and we look forward to seeing your film!
NOTE: Certification statement, release agreement, and entry agreement documents are available for download at the bottom of the Rules page. Also, if using SAG performers, please see documents available for download at bottom of the Rules page.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------TO ENTER PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS UPON ACCESSING THE WAB LINK ABOVE
1. Create a new project in your Withoutabox filmmaker account and title it with your name (ONLY), following the steps below:
-Click on Add A Project from the left-side navigation of your Withoutabox account homepage
-Make sure the project type selected is Film/Video and click continue
-When you get to the Title Original page enter in your name and click save
-Click the Exit button
*Do NOT fill out the remaining sections of the project form.
2. Submit the newly created project to the THE PRODUCERS GUILD WEEKEND SHORTS CHALLENGE Withoutabox listing to register for the film challenge.
Click Submit Now
Pay the registration fee via credit card
This will officially register you for the competition
Registration must be fully completed by 11:59PM PST on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.
3. Go to www.PGAWeekendShorts.com Friday September 6th, 2013 at 5:01 p.m. EDST/ 2:01 p.m. PDST to view the topic of the film challenge. You will have 51 hours to create the film and upload your Secure Online Screener on Withoutabox. (Please allow plenty of time for processing time of your Secure Online Screener Upload.)
4. Please upload your Secure Online Screener on Withoutabox by Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:00 p.m. EDST/ 5:00 p.m. PDST
Uploads will be cut off at exactly 5PM PDST so please get the film in early.
5. Upon submission of the Secure Online Screener to Withoutabox please email a copy of the signed agreements directly to: email@example.com
The agreements can be downloaded via the PGA site at the bottom of the rules page: www.PGAWeekendShorts.com
Please note there will be no refunds on films not completed.
Entries for the THE PRODUCERS GUILD WEEKEND SHORTS CONTEST will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
40% - CREATIVE MERIT (quality of storytelling, script, performances, sheer entertainment value)
30% - TECHNICAL EXECUTION (production values, lighting, sound, effects, innovative use of resources)
30% - EXECUTION OF ASSIGNMENT
The entry fees are tax deductible as a donation to the Producers Guild Foundation, which is a 501 (c)(3) charity and early registration is encouraged.
Check out the 2012 Winners and Finalists HERE.
You can also read about the Contest and Awards Ceremony in the Awards Edition of the Produced By Magazine, HERE.
Thank you to everyone who participated, making it truly another memorable contest!