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How to Air Your Short at the Oscars

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 25, 2014 at 11:15AM

Producers: check out this PGA short film competition. Win, and a portion of your short will air during the Oscar show on February 22, 2015.
Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas
Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) and Cadillac are launching Make Your Mark, a short-film competition open to producers nationwide. A segment of the winning producer's short --with producer's credit--will air on ABC TV as part of a national Cadillac :30 Oscar spot on February 22, 2015. A registration fee of $100 goes to the Producers Guild Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charity; only the first 500 entries will be accepted. 

The competition honors the work of the late great Saul Zaentz (“The English Patient,” “Amadeus,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”).  "I’m sure that the work that comes out of this competition would make Saul proud," said "Cuckoo's Nest" producer Michael Douglas, who joins short competition judges Kathy Bates (“At Play in the Fields of the Lord"), Danny DeVito (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”), PGA president Hawk Koch (“Source Code"), Gary Lucchesi (“The Lincoln Lawyer"), Lori McCreary ("Invictus"), and Chris Moore (“Good Will Hunting").

Details on how to participate in the Make Your Mark competition:

    • Until 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 25, 2014, contestants can enter the Make Your Mark competition here. 
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Ten semi-finalists will be announced on or around July 29, 2014, and three finalists will be announced on or around August 25, 2014.
    • The three finalists will collaborate with a distinguished PGA mentor to produce a further refined three-to-five-minute short film.
    • The winning short and producer will be announced on January 24, 2015 at the 2015 Producers Guild Awards.
    • The winning short will be highlighted in a :30 second Cadillac spot that will appear during the ABC broadcast of the 2015 Academy Awards. 

This article is related to: Producers Guild Awards, Shorts, Short Film, Shorts, Michael Douglas, Academy Awards, Oscars

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.