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 The Producers Guild Weekend Shorts Challenge is now the

MAKE YOUR MARK COMPETITION,
PRESENTED BY THE PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AND CADILLAC

www.MarkYourMarkCompetition.com



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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, Bryan Dupree

DRIVING MISS TAYLOR - PRODUCED BY:  COURTNEY JINES, ALEXANDRE MARTINS;  Directed by: Alexandre Martins

Written By:  Courtney Jines;  Cast:  Maclean Ulrick, Taylor Gordon

HOT 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

1ST  LES 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;

Cast: George Boseman, Yvonne Cristovici,  Laura Letkiewicz

SPUN - PRODUCED BY:  EYAL ALONY, GRACE FEENEY;  Directed by: Adam Rosenbaum;  Written By: Eyal Alony; 

Cast: Steve Brewster, Grace Feeney, Wesam Keesh

3rd THE JEWEL HEIST - PRODUCED BY:  CHRISTIN MIZELLE, ETHAN CUSHING;  Directed by: Bryan Nest;

Written By:  Chris Wiltz;  Cast:  Will Daniels, Tate Hanyok, Jason Whisman, Make Danner, Cory Roberts, Ben Cornish, Mike Connolly, Aseem Tiweari

2nd THE LIST - PRODUCED BY:  BEN SIMMS, TYLER KNOWLES, DEREK HILDEBRANDT;  Directed by: Ben Simms;

Written 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


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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 GetsHero 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 GetsSpider-Man 2) or cars (e.g., No Way OutPretty 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.

Good luck!


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 festsupport@withoutabox.com.


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.

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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: shortscontest@producersguild.org

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.   

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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!