The 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition (the “Shootout”) is 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 major networks like ABC, cash, prizes and the chance to have their films screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally, and on television. The top 50 films from the Shootout will air across the country on the next season of Film Lab Presents
March 1: Registration opens online at www.film-lab.org. Register early for early bird specials and access to the Spring Filmmaking How-To Workshop Series
First Thursday of June, 8pm EST: The THEME of the Shootout is announced, upon which the films must be based and filmmaking commences!
72 hours later…: All films are due and Vimeo or retransfer download links must be sent to Shootout@filmlab.org
July/August: Launch Party for the Asian American International Film Festival. The top ten Shootout films will premiere at the festival. This is a chance to meet other filmmakers and network.
July/August: Special Private Screening & Cocktail Reception in Manhattan for Judges, Sponsors and Top Three Filmmakers.
July/August: The Top Ten Films Premiere at the Asian American International Film Festival. Location: The Asia Society, NYC. Time: 12 Noon EST. Watch via festival VOD here August 8-13, 2022.
The top 50 films will be showcased in Film Lab’s award-winning TV series Film Lab Presents in the fall!
Compete from anywhere in the world with WiFi!
The competition creates a valuable opportunity for filmmakers of color – focusing on Asian American filmmakers – and women, as well as other underrepresented groups, 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 many others.
Email Shootout@film-lab.org for more info.
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