NEW YORK, NY – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) and Cadillac are pleased to announce the start of Make Your Mark – a short film competition open to producers nationwide. Participating producers will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime – a portion of the winning short film and the winning producer’s name will be featured in Cadillac’s :30 spot that will air on ABC during the Oscars, on Sunday, February 22. The competition honors the work of renowned Academy Award® winning filmmaker Saul Zaentz (“The English Patient,” “Amadeus,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”), who passed away earlier this year. Zaentz’s passion continues to inspire the next generation of industry-defining producers through the Make Your Markcompetition.
“I am deeply honored to be asked to serve as one of the judges of this contest, and I’m sure that the work that comes out of this competition would make Saul proud” said Michael Douglas, aMake Your Mark competition judge.
“The PGA is dedicated to supporting and celebrating all types of producers in the entertainment industry,” said Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch, Presidents of the Producers Guild of America. “Make Your Mark is an exciting opportunity for both members of the PGA and non-member producers to work with some of the most talented personalities in the industry and to showcase their short film to the world on the most distinguished night in Hollywood.”
How to participate in Make Your Mark:
ØStarting today until 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 25, 2014, contestants can enter the Make Your Mark competition at makeyourmarkcompetition.com
ØOnce accepted to the competition, entrants will be asked to create a three-to five minute-short film that draws upon the storytelling and work of Saul Zaentz.
ØRules and creative specifications will be released on June 27, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EDTand contestants will have 51 hours to complete their short film.
ØTen semi-finalists will be announced on or around July 29, 2014, and three finalists will be announced on or around August 25, 2014.
ØThe three finalists will collaborate with a distinguished PGA mentor to produce a further refined three-to-five-minute short film.
ØThe winning short and producer will be announced on January 24, 2015 at the 2015 Producers Guild Awards.
ØThe winning short will be highlighted in a :30 second Cadillac spot that will appear during the ABC broadcast of the 2015 Academy Awards.
“The Producers Guild of America and Cadillac are both looking to enable and celebrate achievement,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Global Cadillac CMO. “Through our collaboration with the PGA, we are designing a competition for the next generation of producers.”
Judges for the Make Your Mark competition include Kathy Bates (“About Schmidt,” “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” “Titanic”), Danny DeVito (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” “Batman Returns,” Taxi), Michael Douglas (“Wall Street,” “Basic Instinct,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,”), Hawk Koch (“Source Code,” “Primal Fear,” “Wayne’s World”), Gary Lucchesi (“The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Underworld”), Lori McCreary (Invictus,” “The Maiden Heist”), and Chris Moore (“Good Will Hunting,” “American Pie”).
The Make Your Mark film competition is presented by the Producers Guild of America and Cadillac through the Producers Guild of America Foundation. Make Your Mark represents an outgrowth of the PGA's Weekend Shorts Challenge, which the Guild has held for the prior three years; the first stage of Make Your Mark follows the filmmaking and judging model established by the Weekend Shorts Challenge.
A $100 registration fee is required. The competition is limited and the first 500 entries will be accepted. Proceeds from the entry fee goes to the Producers Guild Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charity. For Official Rules visit www.MakeYourMarkCompetition.com.