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The mission of the MAKE YOUR MARK, A SHORT FILM COMPETITION PRESENTED BY THE PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AND CADILLAC is to support talented emerging producers by using the inspirational spirit of the industry's top Producers to spark the imagination of new generations of storytellers.  Entries for MAKE YOUR MARK will reflect themes and elements found in the work of a well established producer's films. This year legendary producer Saul Zaentz will be the inspiration.  A portion of the proceeds from the entry fees goes to the Producers Guild Foundation, which is a 501 (c) (3) charity.   Revenues raised by the competition will be used to further educational outreach for producers and emerging filmmakers through the Producers Guild Foundation.


This year’s competition honors the work of prolific and Academy Award winning filmmaker Saul Zaentz (“The English Patient,” Amadeus,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”). Zaentz’s passion inspires the next generation of industry-defining producers in the Make Your Mark competition. Saul Zaentz, described by The New York Times as ‘perhaps the last of the great independent producers,’ was called in a Variety profile ‘as close to an idealized version of what an independent film maker is as exists.’

Mr. Zaentz's film production career was marked by a dedication to the adaptation of the novel. A prolific reader, Zaentz typically did not produce original screenplays. His final production, 2006’s Goya's Ghosts, was an exception, being an original story by Jean-Claude Carrière and Miloš Forman.

In 1975 Zaentz’s first effort, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson, swept the top five Academy Awards including Best Picture. He produced the animated The Lord of the Rings in 1978. In 1984 Amadeus, his second collaboration with Forman, won eight Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

He acted as Executive Producer on The Mosquito Coast directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford. Zaentz then produced The Unbearable Lightness of Being starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin. The film was honored with three Oscar nominations.

Released in 1991, the epic drama At Play in the Fields of the Lord starring Kathy Bates, Tom Berenger and John Lithgow went on to win the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and be nominated for a Golden Globe.

In 1997 The English Patient, directed by Anthony Minghella, swept nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. At the Oscar ceremony Saul Zaentz received the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg memorial award ‘For A Consistently High Quality of Motion Picture Production.’

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awarded Saul Zaentz the Academy Fellowship in February 2003, the highest accolade presented by the Academy to individuals for their work and achievements throughout their film career.

Saul Zaentz died on January 3, 2014 in San Francisco, California, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 92.