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PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA PRESENTS THIRD ANNUAL PRODUCERS SHOWCASE (PROSHOW) COMPETITION

Thursday, February 16, 2012   (0 Comments)
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PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA PRESENTS THIRD ANNUAL PRODUCERS SHOWCASE (PROSHOW) COMPETITION 
Grand-Prize Winner to Receive $20,000 in Prizes 

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 16, 2012) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the launch of the third annual PGA Producers Showcase (ProShow) competition, taking place in conjunction with the 2012 Produced By Conference (PBC) to be held June 8-10, 2012. Ten finalists will receive free admission to this year’s PBC where they will participate in one-on-one meetings with top Hollywood financiers, studios and production companies. A grand-prize winning project will be awarded $20,000 in prizes, and the nine remaining finalists will each receive $500 cash prizes. 

The ProShow offers a unique opportunity for foreign and domestic independent producers to realize their vision on the big screen. Developed by the PGA’s International Committee and initiated in 2010, the ProShow aims to help producers initiate business relationships, co-develop compelling projects and spearhead investments. TheProShow accepts feature-length screenplay submissions for both international and domestic projects. 

"Each year, the Producers Showcase generates an impressive caliber of submissions from around the world, and we are looking forward to even more this year,” said Stu Levy, Chair of the PGA’s International Committee and Co-Chair of the PGA Producers Showcase. "I am excited that the Guild supports independent producers through ProShow program, and that we continue to make improvements that will provide our finalists with even more ways to get their films made.” 

Last year, the ProShow program was expanded from 2010’s International Film Co-Production Showcase (CoProShow), which solicited entries from international film producers only, to include domestic producers, too. This year, applicants’ projects will be reviewed and selected by a panel of prominent Producers Guild members including Gary Goetzman, Marshall Herskovitz, Gale Anne Hurd, Stu Levy, Bill Stuart and Paula Wagner, among many others. 

Ten finalists will be announced May 1, 2012 and invited to Los Angeles to participate at PBC. At the finale of the conference one grand-prize winner, chosen by the financiers, will be presented with more than $20,000 in prizes. Second and third place prizes will be awarded as well. There will be a special ceremony for the 2012 ProShow winners at PBC. 

Projects must be a feature-length screenplay, packaged for theatrical release. Eligible producers can register at Withoutabox, submitting their screenplay synopsis, bio and application. For more information regarding guidelines and the application process, please visit: www.producedbyconference.com/proshow or emailproshow@producersguild.org. The early-bird entry fee is $55 before March 13, 2012, regular entry fee is $75 before March 27, 2012 and late entry fee is $95 up until April 17, 2012. 

The 2012 PBC will be held at the Sony Pictures Studio lot in Culver City, CA, June 8-10, 2012. The Guild announced an important new presenting sponsor this year, the International CES ®, produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® which will support PBC events, as well as provide significant new programming opportunities. Reaching across film, television and new media industries, PBC is an educational forum that attracted more than 1,100 people last year and involves acclaimed producers, including countless Academy Award®-winning filmmakers and Emmy® Award winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. The 2012 PBC event is chaired by Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz, Rachel Klein and Gary Lucchesi. For more information on the Produced By Conference, visit www.producedbyconference.com. The 2012 PBC will be held independent of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Locations Trade Show. 

All profits from the Produced By Conference are reinvested into Producer Guild member services, including education, industry promotion, production standards development, market research and legislative advocacy. To review last year’s event details and to receive 2012 updates, visit http://www.producedbyconference.com.   

About the Producers Guild of America
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA has over 5,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with health benefits, employment opportunities, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as promoting sustainable production practices. Visit www.producersguild.org and www.pgagreen.org for more information. 

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