Producer's Guild, Cadillac launch short film competition
Michelle Clancy | 25-04-2014
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) and Cadillac are launching Make Your Mark, a short film competition open to producers throughout the US.

A portion of the winning short film and the winning producer's name will be featured in Cadillac's 30-second advertising spot that will air on ABC during the Oscars, on Sunday 22 February 2015.

The competition honours the work of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Zaentz (The English Patient, Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), who passed away earlier this year. Once accepted to the competition, entrants will be asked to create a three-to five minute-short film that draws upon Zaentz' storytelling and work.

"I am deeply honoured to be asked to serve as one of the judges of this contest, and I'm sure that the work that comes out of this competition would make Saul proud," said the actor Michael Douglas, a Make Your Mark competition judge.

Rules and creative specifications will be released on 27 June, and contestants will have 51 hours to complete their short film. Three finalists will collaborate with a distinguished PGA mentor to produce a further refined three-to-five-minute short film.

"The PGA is dedicated to supporting and celebrating all types of producers in the entertainment industry," said Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch, co-presidents of the Producers Guild of America, in a statement. "Make Your Mark is an exciting opportunity for both members of the PGA and non-member producers to work with some of the most talented personalities in the industry and to showcase their short film to the world on the most distinguished night in Hollywood."

"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, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Hawk Koch, Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary and Chris Moore.