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The Theme of the 2020 72 Hour Shootout is GOING VIRAL!

Vote in the Audience Choice Awards by liking your fav film here and save the date for the top ten PREMIERE at the Asian American Internat’l Film Festival Oct. 1-11, 2020!

The 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition 

An annual, global filmmaking competition celebrating diversity in front of and behind the camera.  

Teams compete for access to a year of free educational and networking events, mentorships with executives at NBC, ABC, and more, cash, prizes and the chance to have their films screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally.  The competition creates a valuable opportunity for filmmakers of color – focusing on Asian American filmmakers – and women to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and impact the visibility of diverse stories and characters in film. One of the Shootout requirements is that at least one key production member (e.g., director, producer or writer) and a principal actor from each team must be of Asian descent.

Past Judges include hip hop icon Russell Simmons, producer Teddy Zee, ABC Primetime Casting Director Marci Phillips and playwright David Henry Hwang, among others. 

The top 40 films will roll out on AAFL TV.  Subscribe for free at so you get to see them all! 

FREE networking and educational filmmaking workshops March – June and, for the top ten, screenings, screen tests and network TV mentorships!

Registration for the 2020 72 Hour filmmaking Shootout is available here from March 1 – June 4! Compete from anywhere in the world!

The actual Shootout itself takes place the first Thursday – Sunday of June. Films are based on a common theme which is announced online that Thursday evening at 8pm EST.

Join us and smash some glass ceilings!  

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Want to see all the films from the past 11 years?  Subscribe to our Shootout channel (for free!) here.  We’ll also do the top ten on the AAFL TV channel.  Subscribe for free here.  

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The 72 Hour Shootout is a global filmmaking competition for everyone from novices to established filmmakers. Filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start of the Shootout (usually 8pm EST, the first Thursday of June) and then have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length.

For almost two decades, the Film Lab and the Shootout have provided a platform for faces, voices and stories too often marginalized, whitewashed or silenced by mainstream media. Registrants can obtain screen tests and mentorships from major TV networks and established industry professionals to help develop their careers and the top ten films screen at the AAI Film Festival, on the TV series "Film Lab Presents," and are promoted online via AAFL TV.

Every year, registration opens online in MARCH and the Film Lab runs a series of workshops between March and June, free for registrants, to teach basic filmmaking skills and help people network and form teams. The events are livestreamed for registrants around the globe.

The actual 72 hours of filming takes place in June with the winning films premiering at the Asian American International Film Festival in July under the auspices of and in collaboration with Asian CineVision. This program was made possible, in part, due to the generous support of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council