Why did we amend the Grant of Rights section of the Official Rules?
We received some questions about whether SIE owns the rights to all entries, and while the FAQ was clear that SIE does not own the rights to entries outside of the Top 5, we wanted to ensure the Official Rules were clear as well. All rights to Entries that are not optioned to SIE through the Winner Agreements for the Top 50 Semi-Finalist Entries automatically revert back to the Entrants on August 21, 2017, and all rights provided to SIE under the Option Purchase section of the Winner Agreements for the Top 50 Semi-Finalist Entries will be released back to the Entrants not in the Top 5 Winners on October 6, 2017.
Why do I need to be a member of We Make?
We Make is a creative partner of PlayStation and we are using the platform for all submissions.
How long is the We Make application approval process?
Once you’ve completed the We Make application, you should hear back within three business days.
What happens if I am not accepted into We Make?
Unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in the program. You are welcome to reapply to
We Make with updated assets for consideration.
How do I submit?
You can submit your idea by visiting: playstationfilmmakers.com and clicking SUBMIT to complete
the We Make SUBMISSION FORM and submit a CREATIVE COMPONENT.
Can people outside the US submit?
Unfortunately, you must be a legal resident of the US to participate in the PlayStation Emerging Filmmakers Program. However, you're still welcome to apply to We Make and participate in other programs the network has to offer.
What is the “Creative Component”?
Outside of the SUBMISSION FORM we would love to see some further creative that would help us understand
and appreciate your idea. This could be: a treatment, a video teaser, storyboards, a pitch
deck, etc. deck, etc.
Are teams allowed to enter?
Yes, up to two people may enter as a team or you may enter as an individual.
Can I submit multiple ideas?
Yes. You or your team may submit as many ideas as you would like.
Can I submit from my phone?
You are welcome to submit your idea through our mobile website, but we suggest using a desktop
platform to assure everything works smoothly.
When is my submission due?
All submissions need to be fully completed by 11:59 PM PDT on August 1, 2017.
How do I know if you received my submission?
You will receive a confirmation email upon successful completion of the SUBMISSION FORM and CREATIVE
When will I hear if I’ve made it into the Top 10?
You can expect to hear from the We Make team via email by or around August 21, 2017, if your idea
has been chosen to be pitched to PlayStation executives and industry professionals. You can
always reach us at:
if you need more info.
What happens after the ideas are chosen?
Once the TOP 10 ideas are chosen, the participants will be invited to pitch their idea to PlayStation
executives and industry professionals. From there, FIVE (5) ideas will be chosen to have PILOTS
When is the pitch experience?
The pitch event will be at the end of September 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Is travel covered for the pitch meeting?
Yes. We’ll take care of travel and lodging for the creators (up to 2 official team members) of
the 10 ideas selected to be pitched.
What if I’m not available during the pitch window?
You must be available and present during the pitch event in order to move on in the program and
have your idea selected to move on to pilot production.
When does production start on the pilots?
The selected PILOTS will be produced between November 2017 and February of 2018.
What happens if I am chosen in the top 50?
If your entry is chosen as a top 50 entry, we will contact you and provide you with an agreement
that will allow us to continue to review your idea. This agreement will include a Nondisclosure
Agreement (NDA) and an Option Purchase agreement. If an entrant does not choose to sign the
NDA and Option agreement within the timeline in the Official Rules, the entry will be disqualified.
What can I earn?
Round 1: The top 50 submissions each earn $250.
Round 2: The top 10 submissions each earn $1,000 plus a trip to pitch your idea to PlayStation executives.
Round 3: The top 5 submissions each earn $5,000, a produced pilot, and a producer credit in
the pilot. This includes travel to the pilot shoot, working with a production crew to bring
their vision to life.
What happens if my pilot gets produced as a series?
We all celebrate together! Also, you’ll continue to receive credit as a Creator in the series as well as compensation laid out in an option agreement that you will see when you are chosen as one of the top 50 entries. If you work on the series in an additional capacity, you will receive credit and compensation for that role as well.
What are the budgets for the pilots?
We will provide over $500,000 total towards the production of pilots.
Will I get credited?
Each ideator whose PILOT is produced will be credited as a “Producer” in the finished work. If
you work on the PILOT in an additional capacity, you will receive the appropriate credit for
that role as well.
Who votes? Panel/judges?
A panel comprised of PlayStation executives and industry professionals will review and judge the
TOP 10 ideas during the in-person pitch event and determine the FIVE (5) pilots to be produced.
What happened to my entry?
You can expect to hear from the We Make team on or around August 21, 2017 if your idea has been
chosen to be pitched. You can always reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
if you need more info.
Can I submit an idea if I’m in WGA? How about other unions?
The program is focused on emerging filmmakers. Entrants may not be a member of any union or guild
that would render Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE) bound by any union agreements or
obligations of any kind or nature.
Who owns my idea?
The top 50 entrants will option their rights to SIE while we are choosing the top 5 entrants. After
we choose the top 5 entrants, the 45 entrants who are not chosen will be released from the
option agreement so they will continue to own all of the rights in their ideas and creative
submissions. If an entry is chosen to be produced as a pilot, Sony Interactive Entertainment
LLC (SIE) will execute the rights under the Option Purchase Agreement and will retain ownership
of the idea and all creative submitted with the idea.
Can I use crowdsourcing to increase the pilot production budget?
No, the budgets for each produced PILOT will be subject to the discretion of Sony Interactive Entertainment
LLC (SIE) & We Make.
How old do I have to be to participate?
You must be 18 years or older to submit an idea into the program.
What If I have more questions?