MAKE YOUR MARK SHORT FILM COMPETITION 2015
The Producers Guild of America (“PGA”) was founded in 1962 when the Screen Producer Guild merged with the Television Producers Guild. In 2001, the PGA merged with the AAP becoming the representative for entire producer team, from producers and executive Producers, to post production supervisors and production coordinators. From a few hundred producers, the PGA has grown into a respected organization within the film & TV industry, numbering over 6,900 members around the world and growing. The PGA is now a non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interest of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media.
Created in 2011, the PGA’s Weekend Short Film competition was inspired by the film legacy of Iconic PGA Producer, Debra Hill. Known for the films “Halloween”, “Escape from New York”, the Award winning film “The Fisher King” starring Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams, Debra was beloved by the Guild for her endless energy and zest for life. But more importantly, for her never-ending quest to help young filmmakers achieve their creative goals. Funds raised by the annual weekend short film contest are used to help fund the Debra Hill Fellowship and for other educational programs to help emerging filmmakers in their careers.
Each year, the work of an iconic producer is selected to be the subject of that year’s Weekend Short Film contest. Entrants over 21-years of age all around the world are eligible to enter the contest. Entries are submitted through WithoutABox (“WAB”), which commencement date is currently scheduled for July 1, 2015.
At the beginning of the 51-hour production weekend (Friday, September 4, 2015-Sunday, September 6, 2015), all entrants are given specific elements which must be incorporated into their 5-minute short film. These elements are inspired by the work of the Producer being honored that particular year.
Commencing with Debra Hill the first two years, honored producers have included Laura Ziskin (the “Spider Man” franchise, “As Good As It Gets”, “Pretty Woman”) and Saul Zaentz (“The English Patient”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Amadeus”).
2015 is the 5th year of the competition and this year’s honoree is Mike Nichols, whose body of work spans 27 Broadway plays (“Barefoot In The Park”, “Spamalot”, “Death of a Salesman”), 20 films (“The Graduate”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf”, “Silkwood”, “Working Girl”, “Primary Colors”) and 2 television movies (“Wit”, “Angels In America”) to name but a very few shows from his body of work.
The Make Your Mark Competition is put on by the PGA-Weekend Shorts Committee through the PGA Fellowship which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations and sponsorship to the MYM competition is tax deductible.
Sponsors are asked to provide the following:
Ø Funding for the WAB fees which administers the contest, and advertising on the WAB website. (WAB entry + advertising fees combined range between $9,000 – $11,000)
Ø Funding to help the PGA-Weekend Shorts Contest Committee with marketing & PR
Ø Marketing & PR of the contest on Sponsors website and various product outlets
Ø Financial Prize awards to the top 3 winners of the competition to help them make their next film - as follows:
o $100,000 to the 1st Place winner
o $75,000 to the 2nd Place Winner
o $50,000 to the 3rd Place Winner
Ø $25,000 Donation to the PGA Fellowship in the name of the Make Your Mark Competition, which donation is over and above the entry fees which are received by the contest entrants.
Sponsors are invited to attend the Awards Show to present their Awards to the top 3 finalists, which awards show is held in association with the New FilmMakers LA at the ATT Center in downtown Los Angeles, and is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.
The advantages to a sponsor for being involved in this competition include:
Ø getting their product presented not only to the 6,900+ members of the Producers Guild, but also internationally to all of the filmmakers around the world who receive the daily email blasts from WAB announcing entries into film festivals, and specifically the ads on WAB that promote the 2015 MYM competition.
Ø Also, as mentioned previously, the PGA Fellowship is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
And finally, seeing the end product of the producers who will one day be creating future Academy Award winning films, and having the satisfaction of knowing that you, the sponsor had a hand in developing that filmmaker’s career.