THE PRODUCERS GUILD WEEKEND SHORTS CONTEST

Open to Entrants Worldwide
September 28 to 30, 2012

UPCOMING DEADLINE
September 12, 2012 – Regular Registration Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The mission of the Producers Guild Weekend Shorts Contest is to support talented producers through the Producers Guild’s Debra Hill Fellowship and to bring the inspirational spirit of Debra Hill’s life and work to new generations of storytellers. Entries for this competition will reflect themes and elements found in Debra Hill’s films, and revenues raised by the contest will fund the PGA’s Fellowship.

MORE ABOUT THE CONTEST
Filmmakers must pre-register to participate in the Contest, and all films must be submitted by the completion deadline on September 30 to be considered in competition. Exact challenge details and story requirements will be distributed to all registered entrants at the beginning of the 48-hour filming period and will reflect themes and elements found in Debra Hill’s films. Completed films should be no longer than five minutes in runtime, and will be evaluated based on creative merit, technical execution, and fulfillment of the assignment. Winners will be announced on November 9, 2012.

Register for the Producers Guild Weekend Shorts Contest today, and get ready to flex your creative muscles in a fast-paced and fascinating storytelling challenge while benefiting the Producers Guild’s Debra Hill Fellowship!

The 2nd Annual Producers Guild Weekend Shorts Contest, is benefiting the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) Debra Hill Fellowship. A pioneer among women in film production, Debra Hill charted a course from production assistant to writer-producer of some of the most successful films in history. By the time of her death in 2005, her filmography included crowd-pleasing hits like Halloween and Escape from LA, as well as the critically-lauded Academy Award-nominee The Fisher King . Uniquely dedicated to honoring Hill’s memory and achievements, the Weekend Shorts Contest is proud to bring the adventurous spirit of her life and work to a new generation of filmmakers and audiences. The Contest is open to all filmmakers worldwide 18 years and older; registrants need not be a member of the Producers Guild to enter.

The Producers Guild invites producers of all experience levels to participate in this exciting contest. Tailored to test both storytelling ability and production efficiency, entrants must craft memorable and effective films based upon a pre-assigned topic, with a maximum of 51 hours at their disposal. All entrants will receive the same assignment, but each will no doubt approach the subject with his or her own individualized flair. Completed productions will be submitted online and evaluated by accomplished industry professionals – including producers Gale Ann Hurd and Stacey Sher – each of whom had strong personal friendships with Hill.

The Contest will award First-, Second-, and Third-Place prizes, each of which includes guidance and mentorship from a well-respected member of the PGA. Additional prizes designed to help emerging talents advance their filmmaking careers include a $60,000 USD gift certificate from Panavision, a one-year subscription to Movie Magic, and a $10,000 gift certificate for grip and electric rentals from Cinelease.

 


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