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Submissions Open for 3rd Annual PGA Weekend Shorts Challenge

By: Producers Guild of America | July 24, 2013

Submissions Open for 3rd Annual PGA Weekend Shorts Challenge

Contest to Celebrate the Film Legacy of Laura Ziskin. The Producers Guild of America (PGA) today announced that submissions are now open for the third annual PGA Weekend Shorts Challenge on Sept. 6 - 8, 2013.

This year's contest will celebrate the film legacy of iconic storyteller Laura Ziskin who produced several memorable films such as Pretty Woman, As Good As It Gets, To Die For, No Way Out and Spider-Man.

During one weekend, Sept. 6 - 8, contestants must fully produce a three to five-minute short film, and all submissions must incorporate assigned elements from Laura Ziskin's films. The assignments will be announced on Sept. 6, the opening day of the challenge.

The films will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges including Donald De Line, James Franco, Tim Gibbons, Meg Ryan, Laura San Giacomo, Paula Wagner and Sean Young.

Ten finalists will be selected to screen their submission at the red carpet awards held in association with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) on Nov. 9, 2013 at the AT&T Center in downtown Los Angeles. First, second and third place prizes will be presented to the top winners who will also receive mentorships with PGA producers Darla Anderson, Bruce Cohen and Lydia Dean Pilcher.

Submission information and guidelines can be found online at

About the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The Producers Guild has more than 5,700 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members with employment opportunities, seeking to expand health benefits, promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts such as encouraging sustainable production practices. Visit,, for more information.

About NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening events. NFMLA is committed to providing a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.


Media Contacts:

Christopher de Haan (for PGA)

Julie Cloutier (for PGA)

Jasmine McAtee (for NewFilmmakers LA)

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