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