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Make Your Mark Competition - Presented by PGA and Cadillac

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 19, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Producers Guild of America and Cadillac Launch MAKE YOUR MARK Short Film Competition.

Winning short and Producers name to be featured in Cadillac's :30 spot during the 2015 Oscars®

Kathy Bates, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Hawk Koch, Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary, and Chris Moore to Serve as Judges for Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark Competition Spotlights the Role of the Film Producer 

How to participate in Make Your Mark:

  • Ø  Starting today until 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 25, 2014, contestants can enter the Make Your Mark competition at WithoutABox via the contest website:

  • Ø  Once 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.

  • Ø  Rules and creative specifications will be released on June 27, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

    EDT and contestants will have 51 hours to complete their short film.

  • Ø  Ten semi-finalists will be announced on or around July 29, 2014, and three

    finalists will be announced on or around August 25, 2014.

  • Ø  The three finalists will collaborate with a distinguished PGA mentor to produce a

    further refined three-to-five-minute short film.

  • Ø  The winning short and producer will be announced on January 24, 2015 at the

    2015 Producers Guild Awards.

  • Ø  The 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. The competition enhances the annual PGA Weekend Shorts Challenge.

A $100 registration fee is required and is limited to 500 entries accepted. Proceeds from the entry fee goes to the Producers Guild Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charity. For Official Rules visit 

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