The Tenth Annual 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition TOP FILMS PREMIERED TO A SOLD OUT THEATRE SUNDAY, JULY 27 at 1pm at the Asian American International Film Festival.  Want to see 'em all?  We'll be rolling out the top 35 on our Shootout channel.  Subscribe (for free!) here.  We'll do the top ten on the AAFL TV channel.  Subscribe for free here.  Here's a sneak peak:

The 72 Hour Shootout celebrates diversity and artistic empowerment!  Why is that important to YOU and why do YOU want to see the films?  Hear it from the filmmakers:

The top ten films premiered to a sold out theatre at the prestigious Asian American International Film Fest in NYC.  Select winning films also screen at The Time Warner Media Center, on CrossingsTV, AAFL TV, at the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles, and on Film Lab Presents, the tv series.  For venues, tickets, parties and more, click here.


The world premiere of the Top Ten Shootout films took place as part of the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City on July 27, 2014, at 1:00 pm EST.  Press release here.

What IS the 72 Hour Shootout? 

Celebrating diversity and artistic empowerment, the Tenth Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout (“Shootout”) returns this summer in collaboration with Asian CineVision. The Shootout is a worldwide competition in which filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start and then have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length. Teams compete for cash, prizes and the chance to have their films screened at the prestigious Asian American International Film Festival (“AAIFF”), now in its 37th year and New York’s leading festival for independent Asian and Asian American film and video, and the first and longest-running U.S. festival of its kind.  As an integral part of AAIFF, the Shootout celebrates the creativity and genius of the directors, their casts and crews as they share stories by, about and for Asian Americans and other filmmakers of color with the world.  AAIFF has played a vital role in discovering and nurturing such acclaimed talent as Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB), Ang Lee (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), Mira Nair (THE NAMESAKE), Zhang Yimou (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS), Christine Choy (WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?), Steven Okazaki (THE MUSHROOM CLUB), Jessica Yu (PING PONG PLAYA), and Justin Lin (FAST FIVE).  The top ten films also screen at the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles and, for the first time ever, contended for TELEVISED showcase!

The competition creates a valuable opportunity for Asian American writers and filmmakers and other filmmakers of color to demonstrate their talent, gain exposure in the entertainment industry and impact the visibility of Asian American 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.

Registration Opened March 1, 2014, and closes at 7:59pm EST/4:59pm Pacific on June 6, 2014 for 2014.  2015 Registration will open March 1, 2015

The THEME of the 2014 72 Hour Shootout was announced on June 6, 2014, at 8pm EST/5pm Pacific

and the 2014 72 Hour Shootout occured between June 6 and June 9, 2014

Watch the LiveStream of the Launch Party Here

The top ten winning films screened at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City and the Asians on Film Festival in Los Angeles, followed by wrap parties and other festivities.  Filmmakers additionally had the opportunity to be considered for TELEVISED showcase!

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